July 30, 2000 |
It's not the way Jeanette Antolin wants to do this, but after her left ankle swelled and an MRI exam showed some bone chips floating around, the decision was easy. Antolin, the 18-year-old Huntington Beach gymnast, withdrew from the 2000 U.S. Championships Saturday and has asked for an injury petition into next month's Olympic trials. Don Peters, Antolin's coach at SCATS Gymnastics in Huntington Beach, said he talked to U.S. women's team coordinator Bela Karolyi before withdrawing Antolin.
August 19, 2000 |
Jeanette Antolin sat on a high chair, her legs dangling, her hands fidgeting and her head buried on the shoulder of her coach, Don Peters. The Huntington Beach gymnast, who has fought through a painful ankle injury to make it into the U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials, was trying to figure out what happened. In her very first event, the vault, where Antolin, an 18-year-old Marina High graduate, is strongest and most confident, she completed what she thought were two sturdy, stellar maneuvers.
August 21, 2000 |
There will be surgery on her ankle and then packing for UCLA. Jeanette Antolin, the Huntington Beach gymnast, finished the Olympic trials in 11th place. It wasn't what she wanted, not after last year when she had been one of the six women on the U.S. world championship team. But Antolin was proud. "I made it here and I made it through all my routines," said Antolin, an 18-year-old Marina High graduate. "I haven't been able to train the way I wanted and that really cost me here.
August 2, 1997 |
Don Peters, former U.S. Olympic gymnastics coach, considered himself retired. Oh, sure, whenever he dropped by SCATS gymnastics headquarters, he would take a look at the young hopefuls and maybe offer a few encouraging words. But coach? No way, said the man who guided the U.S. women's team to a silver medal at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles. Then one day at the SCATS' warehouse facility, his eye was caught by young, petite gymnast Jeanette Antolin.
July 28, 2000 |
Jeanette Antolin had her face set in a solemn stare as she marched onto the floor of the Kiel Center Thursday night. The parade of athletes that starts gymnastics contests is supposed to be festive, but Antolin, an 18-year-old from Huntington Beach, was not ready to be festive. Not now, not after 10 years of training for this, the start of the 2000 U.S. Gymnastics Championships, where the process for choosing the Olympic team began.
August 4, 2000 |
Jeanette Antolin's ankle could let her down at any moment. One bad landing off the uneven bars, one misstep on her floor exercise, one slippery twist on the balance beam and it's over. Antolin knows this. The 18-year-old Marina High graduate from Huntington Beach is back at SCATS, stepping gingerly on the beam, making tentative landings off the uneven bars. Last week Antolin had to withdraw after the first round of the U.S. Gymnastics National Championships.