Olympics: Gym Shorts: Oops and Out For the U.S.

Oops and Out For the U.S.

American gymnastics has taken a giant flip backward since 1984. The team that won 16 medals in Los Angeles is unlikely to win any in Seoul. What happened? East bloc athletes aside, the difference is injuries, inexperience and infighting. Men's Coach Abie Grossfeld admits that "1984 was special. We won't have a group like that again."

In the past year, Greg Marsden and Don Peters each resigned as women's team coach after feuding with, among others, Bela Karolyi, Mary Lou Retton's coach. The women's team will not have a head coach in Seoul. U.S. prosecutors even reviewed alleged financial improprieties at...

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