Sunday April 21, 2013 Gymnastics Extra: Fresh links covering Gators' dramatic comeback to win NCAA title
Updated: 6:18am, April 24
Updated: 6:18am, April 24
The Gators overcame early trouble for a stirring win Saturday for the national title.
LOS ANGELES -- I'll admit it. I thought the Gators gymnastics team's national championship bid was dead after four routines on the beam Saturday night at Pauley Pavilion.
Less than 10 minutes into the meet and Ashanee Dickerson and Kytra Hunter had fallen off. Two of the best gymnasts in the country had inexplicably tumbled to the floor and you could sense the Florida contingent's shock.
In football, that's like being down 21-0 after the first quarter. But as we know, this Gators gymnastics team isn't just any collection of high-flying athletes.
Hunter, Dickerson, Marissa King, Bridget Sloan, Mackenzie Caquatto and the entire roster are at Florida because they are the best at what they do. They have competed in World Championships, in Olympics and every other major event the sport has to offer.
So, if you counted them out like I did, you were wrong. So very, very wrong.
The Gators responded in grand fashion to win the program's first national title in arguably the most stunning comeback in school history in any sport.
I'll have more on their comeback later today on GatorZone.com, but for now, here are some links from other media outlets that covered Florida's stirring comeback:
--The Gators stormed back after a rough start with a "lights out" performance writes Amy Donaldson of the Deseret News.
--Diane Pucin of the Los Angeles Times writes about the heavy SEC presence at Pauley Pavilion and how the Gators rose to the occasion.
--Tommy Deas of the Halifax Media Group led with Gators are cold-blooded, and they have thick hides in his story for the Gainesville Sun.
--A good read by Andy Hutchins of the SBNation.com blog Alligator Army, who writes what happened next is nothing short of magic after the Gators fell twice on beam.
--A blog by Antonya English of the Tampa Bay Times headlined Florida gymnastics team wins program's first national title.
--Orlando Sentinel UF beat writer Edgar Thompson writes about Florida overcoming the slow start and the disappointment of last year's runner-up finish.
--Gators stun field with comeback writes Lya Wodraska of the Salt Lake Tribune.
--The Associated Press story via ESPNLosAngeles.com on Florida joining Alabama, Utah, UCLA and Georgia as the only programs to win national titles in women's gymnastics.