Katie Heenan of South Riding was added yesterday to the 12-woman field for next week's U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials in Anaheim, Calif.

The top finishers at the U.S. championships earlier this month were chosen to compete at the trials. Heenan finished 14th, but was added to the trials lineup after Nicole Harris was forced to withdraw because of a hairline fracture of her left ankle. Harris will petition the Olympic Team Selection Committee to attend the Olympic Team Selection Camp July 13-18.

Heenan, 18, trains at Capital Gymnastics in Burke.


With one day of competition remaining, Vic Wunderle is clinging to a 17-point lead at the U.S. Archery Olympic trials in Mason, Ohio.

Wunderle, a 2000 Olympian, has 3,812 points, just ahead of top-ranked three-time Olympian Butch Johnson (3,795).

Jennifer Nichols retained her comfortable lead in the women's competition. She's ahead of Stephania Arnold by nearly 200 points.

The final day of competition is today. The top three men and top three women will be named to the U.S. Olympic team.

Torch Relay

Rafael San Miguel, a deaf Cola-Cola employee, lit a symbolic torch from a temporary caldron at the company's headquarters yesterday, then carried it through the first leg on the flame's return to Atlanta.

Olympic gold medalist Mary Lou Retton and NBC commentator Lewis Johnson hosted an event to celebrate the next-to-last leg of the torch's trip through the United States.

"Just seeing the torch again brings back so many memories," said Bruce Jenner, who joined Retton and Johnson on the stage, as did Gail Devers, Bart Conner, Nadia Comaneci, Mark Spitz and current Olympic weightlifter Shane Hamman.


A taekwondo national champion in two weights has filed a $10 million racial discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Olympic Committee for preventing him from competing at the Athens Games and earning endorsements.

In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court on Thursday, Charles Smith of Fort Washington accused the USOC of discrimination for banning him from the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and showing favoritism toward white athletes.

The suit claims Smith didn't qualify for the Athens Games because he was denied access to Olympic training facilities, coaches and equipment.

USOC general counsel Jeff Benz said he had not seen the complaint, but called the allegations baseless.