Chinese Adoptee Hopes for Olympics in Beijing

Gymnast Corrie Dong Quan Lothrop is hoping to qualify for the Beijing Olympics this year.  She group up in Danvers Massachusetts and is a Chinese Adoptee.  Thanks to K@W for this article. -GS

Corrie Dong Quan Lothrop’s Website

Danvers –
Corrie Lothrop of Danvers is within reach of seeing her dreams come true after she qualified for the Olympic trials at the Visa Championships that were held at Boston University’s Agganis Center June 5 and 7. The Olympic trials will be held the weekend of June 19 in Philadelphia, Pa.

In order to qualify, Lothrop as a Level 10 elite gymnast had to place in the Top 12. She finished eighth with a total all-around score of 117.65. Along with this accomplishment, she also made the senior national team for the first time.

In the preliminary competition, Lothrop had a fall on bars and felt her goal was in jeopardy. Her goal was to make it on the USA National Team for the third consecutive year, and first time on the senior level squad, not to mention qualify for the Olympic trials.

Her first day total was 57.95, and for the second day it was a 59.7, as she simply focused on doing her best.

Lothrop did ask her father, Don, during the week if he wanted anything special for Father’s Day, and he replied: “A hit meet would be nice.”

And last Saturday, Don received an early Father’s Day gift from Corrie, certainly the best yet.

After the Olympic trials, selected girls will travel to the national training center in Houston, Texas, where Marta Karoli will select the six Olympians and two alternates for the 2008 Olympics that will be held in China this summer.

Lothrop trained at Yellow Jackets Gymnastics Club with her mom and dad as the proprietors and instructors for 12 years, before moving to Gaithersburg, Md. to train at Hills Gymnastics Training Center under the watchful eye of her coach, Kelli Hill, who had also coached many past Olympians, including Dominique Dawes, Courtney Kupets and Elise Ray.

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