Postell not focusing on Beijing

Ashley Postell is putting her final season at Utah ahead of a possible elite comeback.Utah star Ashley Postell has put her plans to go for Beijing on hold, The Salt Lake Tribune reported this morning.

“It’s my last year, and I’m not really thinking about that right now, so it’s kind of put aside,” she said. “I did a lot of new stuff over the summer, which is good, and even if I don’t do the Olympics, the summer helped me because I came back in better shape and ready to work out.”

Postell has been fairly open about her desire to go to an Olympic Games, noting it as a goal on the Utah gymnastics website. In training videos released by Utah, Postell is performing the most difficult maneuvers of the team, including a Podkopayeva vault, a double Arabian and a triple twist on floor.

Another goal Postell may be chasing is that of NCAA all-around champion, something that’s eluded her for three years as a Ute. Her former U.S. teammate and friend Courtney Kupets has won the past two NCAA titles, and Postell was a close third to Tasha Schwikert and Kristen Maloney in 2005.

She hasn’t been helped by the fact that Utah has often competed in the first of two rounds of team qualification (the same competition that determines the all-around winners) at the NCAA championships. The last NCAA all-around champion from a first session was back in 2001, when Michigan’s Elise Ray tied with UCLA’s Onnie Willis.

While the Olympics are now in the back of Postell’s mind instead of the forefront of her training, Utah coach Greg Marsden feels nothing is impossible.

“She’d have a big uphill battle,” Marsden said. “But she is capable of doing it. She’d have to get through the season and see how her body feels and her head because she’d have to be 100 percent healthy and 100 percent motivated to make a run at it.”

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One Response to “Postell not focusing on Beijing”

  1. Ashley Postell, on hold « difficulty plus execution Says:

    […] Postell, on hold Blythe at the Gymblog reports that 2002 world champion and current Utah gymnast Ashley Postell is putting plans for Beijing on […]

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