Unlike 1996, when Dominique Moceanu was the poster girl for U.S. gymnastics, her road to the Sydney Olympics is going to be a lot tougher.
Moceanu was not among the 15 gymnasts invited to Bela Karolyi's second pre-Olympic training camp. Eleven others failed to make the cut after the first camp, held last week at Karolyi's ranch outside Houston. Mary Lee Tracy, Moceanu's coach, said yesterday from her gym in Cincinnati that she was not surprised Moceanu was left off the list.
"She'd only been in the gym for two weeks," Tracy said. "The only reason we brought her there is both of us felt it's a good thing to see what the competition is, even knowing this might happen."
The gymnasts invited to the second camp were: 1996 gold medalist Amy Chow, two-time defending national champion Kristen Maloney, 1997 national champion Vanessa Atler, Jeanette Antolin, Alyssa Beckerman, Jamie Dantzscher, Annabeth Eberle, Katie Hardman, Robin Phelps, Dana Pierce, Elise Ray, Sierra Sapunar, Tasha Schwikert, Jennie Thompson and Morgan White.
But don't count Moceanu out of the Olympics just yet. Karolyi, who came out of retirement to be the national team coordinator, has established escalating criteria for conditioning and skills, and Moceanu could be invited to later camps if she meets those.
U.S. Opens With Win
Yolanda Griffith scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the United States' team opened a seven-game European tour with a 56-47 victory over Poland in Warsaw.
Track and Field
Baumann Ban Sought
Germany's track and field federation asked its legal panel to impose a two-year ban on 1992 Olympic 5,000-meter champion Dieter Baumann, who tested positive for the steroid nandrolone.
Watson Gets Exemption
Tom Watson has been given an exemption by the the U.S. Golf Association for the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, where he won his only Open in 1982.
During its annual meeting Friday, the USGA also announced that the purse for the U.S. Women's Open will increase by $1 million to $2.75 million, making it the richest purse in women's golf.