Marissa King for London 2012?

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2008 British Olympian Marissa King has been enjoying the college life in Florida since 2010.  The British team placed ninth in Beijing, she placed 42nd All Around in qualification. King last competed for Great Britain on two events at the 2009 World Championships in London, where she finished 10th on vault in qualifications. She had high hopes of competing at the 2010 Dehli Commonwealth Games however an injury sidelined her only days before she was due to fly out to India. Previously on the World Cup Circuit she competed well, earning a gold medal on Vault at the 2007 Glasgow World Cup and another two silver medals at the 2008 Glasgow Grand Prix on Beam and another on vault at the 2007 Maribor World Cup. King is still affiliated with Huntingdon Gymnastics Club where fellow 2008 Olympian Louis Smith trains.

With the 2012 London Olympic Team being chosen in July, King has expressed her interest in competing for her country at the Games this summer. She tells the Cambridge News

“The team is being selected in July, so I’ve definitely got that in the back of my mind.

“I’ve been keeping in touch with the coaches back home, but I’m still unsure whether I should go back home to Huntingdon or stay here and train once the season finishes here in April.”

“I was home at Christmas and my choreographer was very happy to help me again for another Olympics, because she has taken so many gymnasts she has that knowledge and she’s enthusiastic about it.

“But my other coach is mainly focused on the juniors coming up and Paul (Hall) is focusing on the boys more than anything, so I may train here in the States.

“I’ve also talked to Adrian because he’s the boss man, and he said he’d be happy for me to take part in the trials, and I still keep in touch with some of my old GB team-mates to get a feeling for what they’re doing.”

 

What do you think? Great Britain sure could do with another strong vaulter and no harm in adding another strong beam worker alongside Whelan and Francis. Could Marissa make the London 2012 team?

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