Latvian gymnast poised for the Olympics

  • 1999-10-28
  • By J. Michael Lyons
A conversation with Yevgeny Sapronenko these days is riddled with interruptions, as passersby can't help but stick out their hand for a shake or a slap on the back to preface brief words of congratulations. Everyone wants to be close to the kid they watched grow up, whose face was flashed around the world when he grabbed Latvia's first medal ever at the world gymnastics championship earlier this month. Sapronenko capitalized on the off days some of gymnastics' heavy hitters were having, to capture the silver Oct. 16 in Tianjin, China. Posting a 9.656, Sapronenko missed gold by just twelve t...
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