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A look at the day that was and at what lies ahead at the Summer Games

July 27, 1996|MIKE PENNER

Belu, on the tumbling, stumbling American women:

"The best position was for Dominique Dawes. If she did not fall on floor, for sure she would have been on the [medals] podium. She made a good beam, a good bars, but a big mistake on floor. She make a good vault, but it was too late.

"Shannon Miller is very good team competitor, but it was very hard for her to compete today.

"But for me, what's important is Dominique Dawes and Shannon Miller are both 19, the same generation as Lavinia. Look, on this podium, two gymnasts are [relatively] old and the two Americans are 19. Look at the scores. The U.S. does not seem to have someone to replace the older girls. Maybe Dominique Moceanu, but that is in the future.

"That is just my opinion, but you asked for it."

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