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Thompson Takes Honors In Atlanta Tournament

January 29, 1996

ATLANTA (AP) _ In her first gymnastics meet in 18 months and with Olympian Shannon Miller sidelined, Jennie Thompson took three top honors, leading Steve Nunno’s Dynamos to victory in the Peachtree Invitational Sunday.

Thompson, 14, of Wichita Falls, Texas, won the floor exercise, balance beam and all-around in the 12-to-14-year-old age group. She took second on the uneven bars and fourth in the vault.

Miller, the five-time medalist at the 1992 Olympics, did not compete because of an injured arm. Nunno also said the event was not competitive enough for Miller.

``Shannon was disappointed not to compete,″ Nunno said. ``She did warm up so the fans could see her. But she has some big dances ahead of her and we didn’t want to risk anything. This was a high school dance in comparison.″

Alecia Ingram, 14, of Powell, Tenn., and another member of Nunno’s team, earned seconds in vault, floor exercise and all-around and thirds on the bar and beams in the younger age group. Mina Kim, 14, of Graham, N.C., won the bars and had thirds in the floor and all-around for the Dynamos.

The all-around winner in the 15-and-older age group was Monica Flammer of Cypress Academy in Houston. Andree Pickens, also of Cypress, took first in the vault and balance beam, while Flammer won the uneven bars and Cami Singer of Colorado Springs, Colo., won the floor exercise.

Thompson had two screws inserted into her Achilles tendon to hold a growth plate in place while she competes.

``This was a coming out party for her,″ Nunno said. ``Her goal was just to have fun out there today, but she did a great job too.″

The Dynamos totaled 154.25 points. Runner-up Cypress Academy had 150.5 points.

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