USA Olympians finally receive medals

HARTFORD, Conn., Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Members of the United States women's gymnastics team from the 2000 Olympics received their long-delayed bronze medals Wednesday.

At a ceremony held during the ongoing U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Hartford, Conn., the six members of the team officially became Olympic medal winners.


The Americans finished fourth in Sydney in the team competition, but the Chinese team that originally won the bronze medal was later disqualified because one member was too young to compete.

An investigation completed by the International Gymnastics Federation in February came to the conclusion that Dong Fangxiao was 14 at the time of the 2000 Olympics. An athlete must be at least 16 to take part in the Games.

The American team consisted of Amy Chow, Jamie Dantzscher, Dominique Dawes, Kristen Maloney, Elise Ray and Tasha Schwikert.

Romania won the gold medal in 2000 and Russia captured the silver. No American woman won a medal that year in any of the five individual events.

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