Darlene Hill: Olympic sleeper now?

No post on this blog has had as many comments as one written in October about 18-year-old Darlene Hill, who trains at the Will-Moor School of Gymnastics in Mt. Laurel, N.J.

Will-Moor, by the way, has produced some very respectable alumni, including Arizona State’s Beate Jones and Stanford’s Alex Pintchouk.

But back to Hill. In October, some said she has Olympic potential. Others didn’t think so. All that was before she won floor at the Pacific Rim Championships last weekend.

The Pacific Rim is an interesting meet because it’s about the last time any Olympic contenders emerge from the woodwork if they haven’t already done so. In 2004, it was Allyse Ishino’s coming out party – after all, she beat Carly Patterson there.

Is the same true for Darlene Hill?

Darlene Hill, 2008 Pacific Rim Championships Team Finals, Floor Exercise:

Darlene Hill, 2007 Glasgow Grand Prix Event Finals, Uneven Bars:

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4 Responses to “Darlene Hill: Olympic sleeper now?”

  1. Brooke Says:

    It’s possible that she could be an Olympic sleeper. I could definitely see her as an alternate at least- especially if she already has another assignment, which has been rumored. It seems like she could be a huge backup in floor, bars, and even vault if need be. I think the only thing that will holdher back on makign the actual team is lack of experience. Although having another floor score make it into the 15’s could be worth taking the risk on her…

  2. bloggoment Says:

    What is up with that floor music?

  3. 'nasticsmom Says:

    What is wrong with the floor music? I think it’s very fitting to the fabulous choreography she has and matches her personality.

  4. Tasha Says:

    she looks beautiful on bars; she has a really good swing

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