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Julie Zetlin
Julie Zetlin United States of America

  • Country: United States
  • Sport: Gymnastics
  • Height: 5'6" / 1.68m
  • Weight: 119 lbs / 54.0 kg
  • Born: 6/30/1990
  • Career Highlights: Zetlin will be the first U.S. rhythmic gymnast to compete at the Olympics since 2004, earning a berth in London as the representative for North, Central and South America based on the results from the 2011 world rhythmic gymnastics championships. Her qualification gives the United States representation in men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, men’s and women’s trampoline and rhythmic gymnastics for the first time at a Summer Games. Zetlin finished 23rd at the 2010 world championships after becoming the first American to reach the all-around finals at worlds since 2003, and placed 35th in 2011 after coming back from a torn right meniscus that required surgery. She captured gold medals in the all-around, ball and ribbon at the 2011 Pan American Games, and took the all-around title at the Rhythmic Challenge that year. Coached by Olga Kutuzova, Zetlin was introduced to her sport at age 4 by her mother Zsuzsi, a national champion rhythmic gymnast in her native Hungary. Zetlin hopes her appearance at the Games will help raise the profile of rhythmic gymnastics in the United States, saying that many promising competitors quit before letting their abilities develop. She is seen as a longshot to medal in London given Russia's domination of the sport.
  • Previous Olympics: None
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