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    Saturday, August 16, 2008

    Masslete of the Day - Corrie Lothrop

    While the USA Women's gymnastics team only took home the silver in the all around, this Masslete was a proud member of the team.

    2008's surprise
    Lothrop was a surprise addition to the final selection camp but made the most of the opportunity by hitting all of her routines. Her consistency was rewarded with an alternate spot to the Beijing team.

    Going 'home'
    Lothrop was born in Wuhan, China and was adopted when she was three years old. Her older sister, Christie, was adopted from Seoul. Corrie has no memories of China and has never visited the country, so she says it would be "extra special" for her to compete there.

    Gymnastics family
    Joan and Don Lothrop, own Yellow Jackets gymnastics in Middleton, Massachusetts, where Corrie began gymnastics. When Corrie was eight, her dad found her staring at a photo in his office of the 1980 Olympic Team. Don recalls Corrie saying, "I'm going to be on that team someday."

    Splitting up
    Don Lothrop still works at the gym in Massachusetts, while Joan and Corrie have relocated to Gaithersburg, Md. After considering several elite gymnastics programs, Corrie chose Hill's Gymnastics.

    "It gets lonely at times. It's almost like being a bachelor or widower, but it's a choice we made for Corrie to pursue her dream," Don told the Danvers Herald.

    Coach Kelli
    Kelli Hill, Lothrop's coach, has placed a gymnast on the U.S. Olympic team for each of the past four Olympics. Lothrop names one of them, 2004 Olympic medalist Courtney Kupets, as her favorite gymnast.

    Information courtesy of nbcolympics.com

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