COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The United States Olympic Committee announces the winners of the athlete of the month awards, archer Karen Scavotto (Enfield, Conn.) and gymnast Blaine Wilson (Columbus, Ohio).
Scavotto earned this achievement with her stellar achievements at the 116th National Target Championships in Canton, Mich., July 31st-August 3rd. She broke two Junior World records for archers 18 and under in her first senior division title. Scavotto’s total 2681 shattered the nine-year-old mark of 2655 points set by teammate Denise Parker. She set four tournament records, three national records and captured her first U.S. Open title.
Gymnast Elise Ray (Columbia, Md.) received 36 points to finish second. Ray became the 2000 U.S. National Champion July 29th in St. Louis, Mo., by winning the 2000 John Hancock U.S. Gymnastics Championships. U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Coach Bela Karolyi describes Ray as the leader of the 2000 Olympic Team. Third place winner cyclist Tanya Lindenmuth deserved this award based on her performance at the EDS Elite National Track Cycling Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo., August 22nd-26th. She won national titles in the match sprint and 500m-time trial for the second year. Lindenmuth set the American record in the 500m time trial (35.236), which broke the mark set in 1996 by Jill Gianettoni.
Winning his fifth consecutive all-around title at the 2000 John Hancock U.S. Gymnastics Championships on July 28th in St. Louis, Mo., Wilson was the first man to do this in gymnastics history. He is the champion of the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, August 19th in Boston, Mass. His score of 116.545 was almost two and a half points from the nearest competitor.
Left handed pitcher Mark Rosen slid into second with 26 points in the men’s voting. He was named the Tournament Most Valuable Player at the 2000 COPABE Youth Pan American Championships in Monterrey, Mexico. Rosen was the winning pitcher in the USA’s 2-1, gold medal victory over Cuba, as he threw 3.0 innings of shutout relief. He also drove the game winning run with a single in the seventh inning. Cyclist Marty Nothstein received third-place honors based on his accomplishments at the EDS Elite National Track Cycling Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo., August 22nd-26th. For the fifth consecutive year, Nothstein won national titles in the match sprint, Keirin and Olympic sprint. He is the winner of a record 22 national titles and set the American record in the 200m time trial qualifying event.
RESULTS (First-place votes in parentheses)
- Karen Scavotto, Archery, 52 (9)
- Elise Ray, Gymnastics, 36 (3)
- Tanya Lindenmuth, Cycling, 23
- Libbie Hickman, Track and Field, 21 (2)
- Katie Norris, Synchronized Swimming, 10 (1)
- Blaine Wilson, Gymnastics, 50 (9)
- Mark Rosen, Baseball, 26
- Marty Nothstein, Cycling, 23
- Dave Cousins, Archery, 20 (1)
- Eric Bergoust, Freestyle Skiing, 17 (2)