Two days after being edged for the national all-around title for the second straight year, Vanessa Atler showed why she is one of this nation's best hopes for a gymnastics medal in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Atler, 17, won gold in the vault and balance beam as the U.S. gymnastics championships closed tonight. Elise Ray won the floor exercise and Jamie Dantzscher and Jennie Thompson tied for first on the uneven bars.
"I felt better tonight. I've been out of control all week," Atler said. "I've been nervous and out of control."
Atler had a winning score of 9.675 on the vault and 9.775 on the beam. Ray scored 9.775 points on the floor exercise and Dantzscher and Thompson had 9.675 scores on the uneven bars.
Atler's victories came 48 hours after her fall on the uneven bars prevented her from overtaking Kristen Maloney for the national all-around title. Maloney competed in two events Saturday, with her best finish a second place in the beam.
"It helps it feel better, but it does not make up for that," Atler said. "That's still a big mistake I made, I can't make up for it."
Atler, who won gold medals in vault and floor exercise in the 1998 Goodwill Games, was the national champion in the floor exercise last year and national champion in the vault in 1997.
On Friday night, Blaine Wilson captured an unprecedented fourth straight men's national all-around title with a nearly flawless performance in the finals. Wilson's overall score of 115.300 points made him the first man to win four national titles since John Roethlisberger--second all-around Friday--won in 1990, '92, '93 and '95.