February 15, 1999 |
Vanessa Atler put on a display of the skills, strength and flair that might take her to the 2000 Olympic Games on Sunday, easily winning the all-around title at the Pan-American Games gymnastics trials at Cal Poly Pomona by finishing first in three of the four events and second in the other. Atler, who lives in Canyon Country and turns 17 on Wednesday, was near the top of her game in a rare chance to perform in front of an almost hometown crowd, scoring a total of 39.
February 13, 1999 |
Vanessa Atler, the Canyon Country gymnast who is one of the favorites to make the U.S. team for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, is the top competitor in this weekend's American Classic at Cal Poly Pomona. The event serves as trials for the Pan American Games in Winnipeg this summer, the top six qualified competitors making the U.S. team.
January 15, 2000 |
Bela Karolyi, summoned out of retirement to revive prospects of the U.S. women's gymnastics program, got his first look at some of the athletes last month. He didn't particularly like what he saw. "To be honest, I wasn't pleased," he said. "The shape wasn't what is required for a world-class team. With small exceptions, the physical strength was not there. But every beginning is hard."
July 30, 2000 |
Vanessa Atler lost her confidence, then her hope and then her heart for the sport she had always loved, gymnastics. Atler couldn't hang on to the uneven parallel bars. She fell and lost a U.S. all-around gold medal. Atler fell again a year later and lost another gold medal.
August 19, 1998 |
Vanessa Atler never saw Sang Lan fall. "I heard it, when everyone gasped," said Atler, a gymnast from Canyon Country who was warming up nearby. "You knew it wasn't good." Sang, a 17-year-old Chinese gymnast, lost a big part of the rest of her life that night at the Goodwill Games in New York when she was paralyzed by a fall on a routine practice vault. Atler, 16, won the competition--taking the gold medal on the vault by blocking out the awful thing that had happened to another gymnast.
August 23, 1998 |
A consistent performance in all four events paid off for 17-year-old Kristen Maloney as she won the U.S. gymnastics women's championship Saturday. Maloney, fourth in the all-around competition last year, finished with 76.749 points to hold off defending champion Vanessa Atler, 16, of Canyon Country. After the competition, Maloney was recognized as the gymnast of the year and sportswoman of the year for the second consecutive year by USA Gymnastics. Atler was second with 75.762.