© Erin Long

By Scott Bregman

There were times during her freshman campaign that Bridget Sloan didn’t know if she would be able to make it through her floor routine. A veteran of years of elite gymnastics, whose successes include an Olympic silver medal and an all-around World title, Sloan suddenly found herself faced with an unexpected challenge.

“At some meets where I didn’t know if I’d be able to do a floor routine because I was so tired Aca a