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MOCEANU HITS ROADBLOCK ON THE TRAIL TO SYDNEY

Dominique Moceanu, the former poster girl for U.S. gymnastics, was not among the 15 gymnasts invited to coach Bela Karolyi's second pre-Olympic training camp.

"No, she'd only been in the gym for two weeks," Mary Lee Tracy, Moceanu's coach, said Saturday from her gym in Cincinnati when asked if she was surprised Moceanu was left off the list. "The only reason we brought her there (to the first camp) is both of us felt it's a good thing to see what the competition is, even knowing this might happen."

Among the gymnasts invited to the second camp were 1996 gold medalist Amy Chow, two-time defending national champion Kristen Maloney and 1997 national champion Vanessa Atler.

But don't count Moceanu out of the Sydney Olympics just yet. Karolyi has established escalating criteria for conditioning and skills, and Moceanu could be invited to later camps if she meets those.

Moceanu ran away from home in October 1998, when she was 17, and asked to be declared a legal adult, saying her parents had squandered her money.

Consumed by family troubles, she didn't train for three months, then bounced around a handful of coaches and gyms. She sat out another four months after knee surgery last summer, finally arriving at Tracy's gym at the beginning of January.

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