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November 19, 2009

Olympic alternate Corrie Lothrop headed to Utah for gymnastics

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"I love performing in front of people," explained Corrie Lothrop. "And the place where we compete (Huntsman Center), they do basketball games and other sports there, so it holds 15 thousand people and sometimes for gymnastics they run out of seats."

Being one of the top gymnastic recruits in the country, Corrie visited many different schools, but Utah was always in the back of her mind.

"I kept my options open," said Lothrop, who also visited Alabama, Florida, and Stanford. but I had my heart set on Utah. It was something at Utah, I kept thinking how every other place I went compared to Utah. In the end I knew it was the place for me."

Corrie may be headed to Utah come next fall, but her journey however, began in Wuhan, China where she was adopted ate age two by Danvers residents Don and Joan Lothrop. Don Lothrop is the owner of Yellow Jackets Gymnastics in Middletown, where Corrie began her gymnastic training shortly after moving to the States.

"We adopted her when she was two and then brought her into the gym," explained Joan. "We did the 'mom and me' classes at first, but when she was five or six she got into teams and has been going gangbusters ever since."

From an early age, Corrie's ability in the gym could not be ignored as she surged through the ranks of junior gymnastics which range from levels 5-10 followed by the elite level.

"Every year she seemed to move up a level," commented Joan. "By the time she was 11 years old she was already a level 10. We knew she had the ability to get to the elite level."

Knowing that Yellow Jackets might not be the place to fully develop Corrie's potential, Don and Joan made the difficult decision to start looking elsewhere for a gym better suited to handle a gymnist of Corrie's caliber. So the Lothrop family decided to send Corrie down to Maryland to work with Kelli Hill at Hills Gymnastics Training Center, a gym that had trained Courtney Koupets, a silver medalist in the 2004 Olympics and one of Corrie's favorite gymnists.

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