The five-time U.S. gymnastics champion and two-time Olympian has had four shoulder surgeries and had to sit out the 2001 season after tearing his right rotator cuff.
When Wilson, 29, tore his left biceps muscle while competing on the still
rings at the Visa American Cup on Feb. 28, many fans of the sport thought he
might have suffered a career-ending injury.
But in a conference call with reporters Thursday -two days after surgery in
Birmingham, Ala. by noted sports orthopedist Dr. James Andrews - Wilson and
his coach, Miles Avery, sounded upbeat.
"Everything went well," Wilson said. "Basically, it's up to me. ... In the
past, that hasn't been a problem."
The injury occurred just two moves into his routine. Wilson said he felt a
small twinge and then he felt the muscle tear "like when you rip chicken off
the bone. I grabbed my hand so my arm wouldn't be flinging around, and I sat
down and thought, `What have I done?' Then immediately, `How do I fix this?' "
He was helped from the mat and had a magnetic resonance imaging test the
next day, which confirmed the extent of the damage.
Wilson said he will begin stretching and flexibility exercises tomorrow and
expects to be training again in six weeks.
"Once it's fixed, it's fixed. ... I'm not afraid of hurting it any worse,"
USA Gymnastics officials have indicated that Wilson could sit out the
trials and petition for an invitation to the Olympic team selection camp in
mid-July, when the final four members of the squad will be chosen. The top two
finishers at trials automatically qualify.
Time for Titan Games
Athletes in seven of the lesser-watched Olympic sports will get center
stage during the Titan Games in Atlanta on June 18-20.
The event is expected to pit the top U.S. boxers, fencers, shot-putters,
wrestlers, weightlifters, judo and taekwondo athletes against former and
present Olympians and World Cup medallists from other countries.
The inaugural Titan Games were held last year in San Jose, Calif. U.S.
Olympic Committee chief executive Jim Scherr said the competition gives U.S.
athletes the opportunity to test their skills against some of the world's best
without having to travel overseas.
The opening of the Titan Games will coincide with the arrival of the
Olympic torch in Atlanta on June 18.
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