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November 19, 2009

Olympic alternate Corrie Lothrop headed to Utah for gymnastics

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"We were thinking that if I moved to be coached by a world class coach, who had had produced olympians pretty much every year, I could maximize my potential," explained Lothrop.

Even though Corrie was away from her father, who had been her gymnastics coach her whole life, she flourished.

"It was hard at first being away from my dad. but I am a go-with-the-flow type of person, Put me anywhere and I will find a way to make it work."

Since 2007, just two years after moving to Maryland, Corrie has competed in international meets in Argentina, Canada, Belguim, Germany, France and other countries around the world.

At the US National Championships in 2008, Corrie finished 8th in the all-around, qualifying her for the Olympic trials where she was asked to the final Olympic selection camp and eventually named an alternate for the 2008 Olympic team.

"I was totally shocked," said Lothrop. "It was my first year as a senior in the division and I had only been on nationals for two years before that, so to be picked was definitly a dream come true."

Joan Lothrop remembers how much being selected as an alternate to the Beijing squad meant to her daughter.

"She (Corrie) cried when she found out. Happy or sad, my kid doesn't cry."

On the way home from the Olympics, in which Corrie spent the majority of time with the other alternates in Japan, the Lothrops stopped in Wuhan, to visit the area in which Corrie was born.

"I had no memories of China so I didn't know what I was looking for," Corrie explained recalling the trip. "From what I saw it was poor, but I am glad I did it and got see what kind of culture I came from."

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