© Grace Chiu

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 24, 2012 – Julie Zetlin of Bethesda, Md./Capital Rhythmics, has qualified for individual rhythmic gymnastics competition at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Zetlin earned a berth to the Games as the representative for North, Central and South America, based on the results from the 2011 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Montpellier, France. This is the first time since 2004 that the USA will compete in this event at the Olympic Games and the first time that USA Gymnastics has qualified athletes to the Olympic Games in men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, men’s and women’s trampoline and rhythmic gymnastics.

"Qualifying for the Olympic Games has been the focus for the last four years, and we could not be more proud of our athletes for achieving this,"said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. " During the last few years, Julie, Shelby Kisiel, Polina Kozitskiy and the other national team members have put in the hard work and dedication required to move to this level."

Rhythmic gymnastics competition at the Olympic Games begins on August 9 with individual all-around qualification at Wembley Arena. Competition in artistic gymnastics begins July 28, as the men compete in the qualification round, followed by the women on July 29. Men’s and women’s trampoline competition is scheduled for August 3 and 4, respectively. Both artistic gymnastics and trampoline competition will be held at the North Greenwich Arena.