Women's gymnasts hope to equal, better men's silver; men's hoops bounces back

Published: Aug. 17, 2004 at 7:49 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 18, 2004 at 12:24 PM EDT
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(Athens-NBC) Aug 17, 2004 - On the heels of triumphs in the swimming pool by Michael Phelps and Natalie Coughlin Tuesday had bad news for the United States Track Team at the Summer Games as an arbitration panel upheld the two-year suspension of sprinter Torri Edwards

She had hoped to compete in the 100- and 200-meter races in Athens, but Edwards tested positive for using a banned stimulant at a meet in April in Martinique.

In gymnastics the news was more positive. Lead by 16-year-old Carly Patterson the US women's gymnasts competed in the team finals.

Legendary coach Bela Karoly had some pre-competition advice. He says he told them "to perform right, solid, sturdy, confident - like they have been doing up to this point!"

The men's gymnastics team captured the silver medal on Monday night. That was the first team medal for the US men in 20 years and only the fourth in US history.

Gymnast Jason Gatson says, "Winning the silver medal actually gives the guys momentum going into the individual medal rounds. So, the guys just need to stick to their game going into the all-around and the individual events. And, as long as they do their gymnastics, things will work out for them."

For the first time since NBA players were allowed to participate in the Olympics the American men's baskeball team is struggling. A broken right thumb has added to Allen Iverson's frustrations, "It's been tough trying to get everyone on the same page, and we don't have time."

But, another group that's having tremendous success at the 28th olympiad is the US boxers, who have won every match so far.

posted 3:45pm by Chris Rees