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New plan works for U.S. gymnasts

Less taxing lead-in to Games helps propel Americans to unprecedented success

Updated: August 2, 2012, 10:40 PM ET
By Alyssa Roenigk | ESPN.com

Timing is everything.

For the U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics team, the naming of its five-member squad at the Olympic trials in August could have as much to do with its success at these London Games as those Yurchenko two-and-a-half vaults.

In recent Olympics, national team coordinator Martha Karolyi opted to select the team after a two-week, post-trials selection camp held at the Karolyi ranch outside of Houston. Trials was simply a means of gauging which athletes ...

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