London 2012 Olympics: Rhythmic gymnastics qualifications today; American Julie Zetlin performs
Julie Zetlin has rhythmic gymnastics in her genes. Zetlin’s mother was a rhythmic gymnast champion from Hungry, and after she found a rhythmic team for Julie to join here in the U.S., she was soon hooked. Now, Zetlin is hoping to raise awareness for her sport as she remains the only U.S. rhythmic gymnast to compete at the 2012 London Olympics this summer. Watch Zetlin talk about what winning a gold medal in London would mean and her favorite part of the sport:
“I love performing – I’ve always been a very theatrical kind of person,” Zetlin says. “I love to create a story with my music and portray it to our audience.”
In February, the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) granted Zetlin a wild-card berth so she could head to London and compete. She is the lone U.S. athlete representative in a sport largely dominated by the Europeans. S0, what would a gold medal mean to her?
“I don’t think I could describe the feeling if I won a gold medal,” she says. “I think that’s every athlete’s dream.”
Along with being an athlete, Zetlin is also an ambassador for Best Bones Now, a government foundation that focuses on bone health for girls. “When you’re physically active and you have a healthy diet, then you always, I think, have a positive attitude and a positive outlook on life and you’re just happy because you always feel good,” Zetlin says.
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