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The Road To Athens

The U.S. men's gymnastics team suffered a potentially crushing
blow at the American Cup competition in New York City last
Saturday when five-time national all-around champion Blaine
Wilson (above) sustained a torn left biceps that could keep him
out of the Summer Games. Wilson, 29, was performing a strength
element on the still rings, his best event, when he felt a rip in
his arm and fell to his knees. An MRI was scheduled for Monday
and surgery on Tuesday. If Wilson is unable to compete at the
Olympic trials in Anaheim in June but completes his recovery
before the Games in mid-August, he could cite his medical
condition in a petition requesting that he be added to the team.
"He's our leader," says Jason Gatson, who won the men's
all-around on Saturday. "We can't afford to lose him." ... Gail
Devers is only getting better as she gets older. At the U.S.
Indoor Track and Field Championships in Boston last Saturday the
37-year-old, two-time Olympian became the first American to win
U.S. indoor titles in both the 60-meter dash and 60-meter
hurdles. Devers edged Torri Edwards at the tape to take the dash
in 7.12 seconds, .17 off her personal best. Fifty minutes later
she won the hurdles in 7.81 seconds, only .03 of a second off the
U.S. record she set last year. "At this point in my career,"
Devers said, "I have to find a reason to stay motivated, and my
reason was to do something I'd never done. Everyone wants to talk
about my age, and it does take a toll on my body, but I run with
my heart." This weekend Devers will attempt to win both events
again, at the world indoor championships in Budapest. As for the
U.S. Olympic Trials in July, she is leaning toward qualifying in
the 100-meter hurdles but hasn't decided on the 100-meter dash.