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June 27, 2004 | Robyn Norwood, Times Staff Writer
Technically, Jason Gatson finished last in the U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials. It didn't matter: He was named to the team anyway Saturday, swaying the Olympic team selection committee despite competing in only four events because of a back injury. "I was shocked," Gatson said.
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June 27, 2004 | Robyn Norwood, Times Staff Writer
Technically, Jason Gatson finished last in the U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials. It didn't matter: He was named to the team anyway Saturday, swaying the Olympic team selection committee despite competing in only four events because of a back injury. "I was shocked," Gatson said.
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June 23, 2003 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
The Gatson is back. And so is Jason Gatson, who originated the eye-catching move on the parallel bars several years ago but didn't use it much after reconstructive knee surgery sent him back to mastering the basics. His dynamic rendition of the maneuver named for him catapulted him into second place behind Paul Hamm Sunday in the all-around finals at the U.S. gymnastics championships, clinching the second of two automatic berths on the U.S.
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June 23, 2003 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
The Gatson is back. And so is Jason Gatson, who originated the eye-catching move on the parallel bars several years ago but didn't use it much after reconstructive knee surgery sent him back to mastering the basics. His dynamic rendition of the maneuver named for him catapulted him into second place behind Paul Hamm Sunday in the all-around finals at the U.S. gymnastics championships, clinching the second of two automatic berths on the U.S.
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June 21, 2003 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
After undergoing four surgeries, the last a reconstruction of his right knee to repair damage done at the 2001 U.S. gymnastics championships, Jason Gatson has learned to measure time by how long it has been since he went under the knife. He has also learned not to inflate his hopes, especially for this year's U.S. championships, because he knows one slip can erase years of rehab. "I had no expectations," he said.
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August 12, 2004 | Larry Stewart
A consumer's guide to the best and worst of sports media and merchandise. Ground rules: If it can be read, played, heard, observed, worn, viewed, dialed or downloaded, it's in play here. One exception: No products will be endorsed. What: "Fred Roggin's Road to Athens." Where: Channel 4, Friday, 7 p.m. Southern California is home to about 120 Olympic athletes who will be competing in Athens, and a number of them are featured in this one-hour special that precedes NBC's opening-ceremony coverage.
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July 14, 2003 | Helene Elliott
Morgan Hamm, Blaine Wilson, Brett McClure and Raj Bhavsar were selected Sunday to the United States men's team for the World Gymnastics Championships on Aug. 16-24 at the Arrowhead Pond. Paul Hamm and Jason Gatson had won berths by finishing first and second, respectively, in the U.S. championships in June. Alexander Artemev and Guard Young were designated as alternates. Wilson, 28, has the most international experience after competing in two Olympics and four world championships.
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August 14, 2004 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
Blaine Wilson shouldn't be on this U.S. Olympic men's gymnastics team. Not after tearing his left biceps tendon in February. A 30-year-old gymnast whose best tricks are performed on the still rings, where one must use every muscle in the arms to hang still, then swing and twist, only to hang still again, should be useless after such an injury.
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April 11, 2004 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
Allyse Ishino of Santa Ana has the talent to make an impact on the international gymnastics scene, but she hasn't had her big breakthrough. "Sometimes she didn't show so much confidence," said Martha Karolyi, program coordinator for the U.S. women's gymnastics team. "Right now, she's ready." Karolyi was sure enough of that to choose Ishino, 16, to compete at the Pacific Alliance Championships this week in Honolulu.
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August 17, 2003 | Lauren Peterson
With a series of cruel twists, the fortunes of some of the top contenders in the World Gymnastics Championships took turns for the worse during preliminary qualifying Saturday night at the Arrowhead Pond. Belarus, which won the team gold medal at the 2001 world championships, and 2000 Olympic bronze medalist Russia each lost athletes to left Achilles' tendon injuries.
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June 21, 2003 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
After undergoing four surgeries, the last a reconstruction of his right knee to repair damage done at the 2001 U.S. gymnastics championships, Jason Gatson has learned to measure time by how long it has been since he went under the knife. He has also learned not to inflate his hopes, especially for this year's U.S. championships, because he knows one slip can erase years of rehab. "I had no expectations," he said.
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August 22, 1998 | From Associated Press
Grimacing in pain through some of his tricks because he was performing with an injured arm, Blaine Wilson became the first three-time repeat all-around winner in 20 years in the U.S. Gymnastics Championships on Friday night. Competing with a torn right rotator cuff, Wilson was the first three-time winner since Kurt Thomas, in 1976-1978. Wilson, 23 and from Columbus, Ohio, is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery Sept. 3.
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August 20, 1998 | From Associated Press
Brent Klaus, who lists bull riding as a hobby, took down a U.S. Gymnastics Championship record by scoring a perfect 10 in the vault Wednesday at Market Square Arena. Klaus highlighted the senior men's all-around preliminaries and event finals by earning a perfect score, the first 10 by a man in U.S. national championship competition. Klaus, 23, from Stroudsburg, Pa., electrified the crowd with a spectacular handspring, double-front vault that included 2 1/2 somersaults with a flawless landing.
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