Kristie Phillips, who finished eighth and is the second Olympic alternate, caused some stir following the meet by first saying she was scored too low, that she had not stepped out of bounds on floor exercise although she was deducted for it and that, if she trains and performs well over the next few weeks, she could work her way onto the performing team in Seoul.
Olympic Coach Don Peters said it's written in the rules that the only way an alternate can make the performing team is if others are injured and he can't change it. "It's not possible. It's etched in stone," he said.The executive director of the U.S. Gymnastics Federation, Mike Jacki, did say that a drive to be able to give the No. 8 gymnast credentials and make them a traveling alternate could be successful and that the outcome could be known by Monday. The U.S. Olympic Committee has approved the plan and now it's up to the Seoul committee, Jacki said.
Phillips said her floor score was too low because of the improper deduction Saturday, and her beam score was too low and that her vault and bars scores from both Saturday and Thursday were too low.
Her coach, Bela Karolyi, talking about the entire competition, said the scores seemed proper enough to have picked the right team. "When the smoke is really clearing, I would say the people who are in it are the ones who should be in it," Karolyi said.
- Linda Hamilton