Two-time NCAA gymnastics champion has surgery

By: associated press
By: associated press

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Two-time NCAA all-around gymnastics champion
Courtney Kupets won't get a chance to win a third straight title. The Georgia star and 2004 Olympic medalist is out for the rest of the season after surgery today to repair a torn right Achilles tendon.

Kupets, who won a silver and a bronze at the Athens Olympics, is expected to fully recover in time for her final college season. The junior was injured Saturday during a meet against Arkansas while performing her floor routine.

Coincidentally, Kupets tore her left Achilles during a training session for the 2003 world championships. She was able to recuperate in time to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team the following year, helping the Americans claim a silver in the teamcompetition while also winning bronze in the uneven bars.

Kupets already is tied for second in NCAA history with five individual titles and was having another stellar season, ranking first in the nation on bars and second on vault. Now, the Gym Dogs won't have their top star as they go for their fourth straight national championship.

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