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quota or the American team.Just a tenth o a point separated the competitive Americans, yet theyestablished themselves as the top contenders by over seven points.Hall, the quota winner, said, “I came here or the quota and I’m proudto bring it home to my country. Mexico has been an amazing hostcountry and these Games will be a ond memory. The Americans willnow carry a ull air rife team to the London Olympic Games.”
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Julie Zetlin o Bethesda, Md. captured the gold once again, as well asa silver medal, ollowed by a silver-medal perormance rom the U.S.rhythmic group at Monday’s (Oct. 17) rhythmic event nals. Ater a close second-place nish in hoop (25.500) between Mexico’sCynthia Valdez (25.800) and Brazil’s Angelica Kvieczynski (25.000),Zetlin was still in search or gold ater winning the all-around title dur-ing the rst day o competition.“I was just as excited to win the silver,” Zetlin said. “But nothing beatsthe eeling o winning a gold medal.”In the second event, Zetlin scored a 24.950 with her impressive ballroutine to win her second gold o the Pan Am Games. FollowingZetlin was Mexico’s Cynthia Valdez (24.825) and Angelica Kvieczynskio Brazil (24.700).“It eels great to win or mysel, and my amily and team, but thegreatest eeling comes rom winning these medals or my country.”Zetlin said. “Helping with that medal count on the wall gives me sucha sense o pride or America – I eel honored to represent the USA.”Shelby Kisiel o Missouri City, Texas, the 2011 U.S. rhythmic all-roundchampion, also competed in the ball event nal with a th-place nish(24.300).In addition to Zetlin and Kisiel, the rhythmic group competition savedone o its best perormances or last as the U.S. six-member rhythmicgroup perormed a dynamic and powerul 5-ball routine to earn thema score o 24.850 and the silver medal.“Ater all this year and in years past where all we have done is prac-ticed, it eels great or it to nally pay o,” Sydney Sachs o Deereld,Ill., said. “We are all very excited and so happy that our hard workshowed and we hope to do it again tomorrow.”
Jerey and Steven Gluckstein are not like most brothers. The Glucksteins, who are three years apart, have a unique relation-ship -- actually, three dierent relationships. They are rivals, competing against each other or a gold medal inGuadalajara. They are teammates, both proudly sporting a Team USAuniorm. And o course, they are brothers, supporting each other’sgoals and dreams. Together, Jerey and Steven (Atlantic Highlands, N.J.) make up theU.S. men’s trampoline team competing in the 2011 Pan AmericanGames. They jumped into competition Monday (Oct. 17), with quali-cations or the individual nals on Tuesday (Oct. 18). The Pan Am games are not a direct qualication or the 2012 Olym-pics. However they are a key international test or the athletes asthey prepare or November’s World Championships in Birmingham,England, which is an Olympic qualiying event.Steven, 21, is the elder o the two -- and also the more decorated.He is a two-time U.S. national champion, winning the title in 2009 and2010.Jerey, 18, moved up to the senior level in 2011. He won the 2011 Visa National Championships.Now, in Guadalajara, they’ll be going head-to-head.“I am excited to compete with Jerey at the senior elite level,” Steventold USA Gymnastics last year. “I think it will push us to be better thanthe other, which will help us both. I always wish or him to do his verybest, and mysel a little better. I think silver looks good on him! Haha.”“It’s good that we compete against each other,’ Jerey said. “Wepush each other to the top o our game. We butt heads here andthere, but what can you say, we’re brothers.”
They are nine women rom all around the country, their hometownsranging rom Los Angeles to San Antonio, to a small Northern New York city bordering Lake Erie. The youngest turned 17 just last May. The oldest will be 26 next month. They all have one common goal, and this week, they will work theirhardest to make that dream become a reality. The United States synchronized swimming team will dive into actionon Tuesday (Oct. 18), with hopes o qualiying or the 2012 OlympicGames in London. The winning country in the team competition inGuadalajara will automatically qualiy or London.I the United States doesn’t nish rst, there is an additional qualiyingopportunity – the Olympic Qualiying Tournament in London, whichruns rom April 18-22.In total, only eight synchronized swimming teams qualiy or the Olym-pics. There will be a team rom each o the ve Olympic continents(Europe, Asia, Arica, Americas and Oceania) as well as the top-threeteams rom April’s qualier.