A German gymnast who was expected to contend for a medal at the Athens Olympics broke his neck during practice, and doctors expect him to remain paralyzed.

Ronny Ziesmer fell during a floor exercise Monday, breaking a neck vertebra and damaging his spinal cord. He was executing a double somersault. His arms and legs have been paralyzed since.

"We assume that the paralysis will remain as it is," physician Stephan Becker of the trauma hospital in Berlin said yesterday.

Walter Schaffartzik, chief of the clinic, said the spinal cord injuries were irreversible.

Water Polo Team Set

Wolf Wigo has been selected to U.S. water polo team for the third time. Joining him as repeat Olympians were Tony Azevedo and Ryan Bailey. The Americans finished sixth at the Sydney Games four years ago.

Omar Amr, cut in 2000, made the 13-man team, along with Layne Beaubien, Brandon Brooks, Genai Kerr, Dan Klatt, Brett Ormsby, Jeff Powers, Chris Segesman, Jesse Smith and Adam Wright.

Wigo was chosen as captain of the team coached by Ratko Rudic, who won a gold medal for the former Yugoslavia in the 1968 Olympics.

Cycling Decision On Hold

USA Cycling again postponed announcing which woman -- Sue Haywood or Mary McConneloug -- will ride in the mountain biking competition in Athens, citing confusion over the official world points standings provided by the International Cycling Union.

No decision will come before today, and officials expect the rider who isn't selected to file either an appeal or lawsuit over the process.