Fox Sports interview series “On the Record” spoke to Julie Zetlin, rhythmic gymnastics Olympic qualifier. Julie will represent not only the USA, but all of North, South and Central America at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
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Gabrielle Douglas, gymnastics
“My mom makes sure that we have every opportunity to fulfill our dreams and is always by our side to cheer, encourage and build us up in that journey. She will put others before herself and won’t hesitate to drop everything when someone needs her.”
Julie Zetlin, rhythmic gymnastics
“My mom used to go everywhere with me. She never missed one competition until I started to travel internationally. She’s my constant companion and has always been there for me.”
Shawn Johnson, gymnastics
“Our family has always loved boating and spending time at the lake. My mom always made every trip perfect, with friends, food and activities. She puts love into everything she does for and with me.”
As part of USA TODAY Sports’ ’100 Olympic hopefuls in 100 Days’ series, prospective U.S. Olympians give their thoughts on the Games in their own words. 2012 Olympic rhythmic gymnastics qualifier Julie Zetlin, gives us the inside scoop.
USA Today, London 2012
Before auditioning for a Welch’s grape juice TV commercial, a 4-year-old Julie Zetlin heard the producers were looking for a kid with dimples.
“I didn’t have any dimples, so my mom said, ‘You’ll figure something out,’” Zetlin says. “I went in and smiled and pressed my fingers to my cheeks, and I got the part!”
Such ingenuity and improvisation carried the now 21-year-old Zetlin to an Olympic berth in London, where she’ll be the lone American rhythmic gymnast.
Unlike many of her international peers, Zetlin practices gymnastics just once a day, when the Catholic school in Darnestown, Md., where she trains isn’t hosting youth basketball or volleyball teams. She tempers her practice due to multiple knee surgeries, yet unleashes world-class leaping ability in competition.
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