posted on Aug, 19 2004 @ 09:24 AM
Kupets went through a workout Wednesday afternoon after getting treatment, and coach Kelli Hill said it will be up to Kupets to decide whether she
wants to compete or not.
"This is the Olympic Games," Hill said. "If she can go, she'll go."
Kupets has a sore muscle on her upper right thigh, and it bothers her most on the balance beam. The two-time national champion had planned to compete
on the apparatus in Tuesday night's team finals, but decided not to risk it after doing some warmup moves.
Alternate Mohini Bhardwaj competed in her place instead, scoring a 9.4 despite not being able to warm up at all.
Kupets did compete on the floor, the Americans' last event. The U.S. women won the silver medal, finishing second to Romania. Russia took bronze.
"If it had been a different event besides the balance beam, maybe we would have made a different decision," said Hill, who is the U.S. coach as well
as Kupets' personal coach. "We made a decision in the best interest of the team. We felt it was better for the athlete to go up there focused on their
exercise rather than anything else."
Kupets and Carly Patterson qualified for the all-around final. Kupets also qualified for the beam and uneven bars finals.