in praise of Olympic ‘replacement athletes’

After completing 17 workouts here in Brazil, they were as prepared as they could have been. …

“Mission accomplished!” Zmeskal-Burdette exclaimed. “Ragan, MyKayla, and Ashton walked out of training [yesterday] healthy and with heads held high, 100% prepared to step into the American Olympic lineup had they been called upon.” …

This could have been days in advance, or literally minutes, like Korea had to do after an athlete suffered an arm injury. The same intensity and focus required of the named team members is required of the replacement athletes. …

Inside Gymnastics

USA replacements

Congratulations to all the Olympic alternates in all sports.

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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

4 thoughts on “in praise of Olympic ‘replacement athletes’”

  1. Can someone clarify the rules on this? In one of the sessions, the announcers said the replacements could only be used prior to the competition’s start? Does that mean start on each separate day of competition?


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