Salt Lake's Missy Marlowe shed a lot of tears Saturday - tears of joy.
She earned a berth on the 1988 Women's Olympic Gymnastics Team by performing with flair and precision in the most important meet of her life - the Olympic Trials at the Salt Palace.She finished sixth overall - the top six go to the Olympics - by compiling the second-best all-around score Saturday - 39.189. Only winner Phoebe Mills had a higher score. Marlowe scored 9.913 on uneven bars, 9.863 on vault, 9.75 on floor and 9.663 on beam to clinch the berth.
"That's my first 39 ever," she exclaimed. Now she gets a chance to duplicate that feat in September in Seoul, Korea, at the Summer Olympics.
The gymnastic trials in Salt Lake City this week have greatly enhanced Utah's chances to win the U.S. Olympic Committee's bid to host the winter games in the future.