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IMMIGRANT OF THE DAY: ALEXANDER ARTEMEV - OLYMPIC GYMNAST

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The US men's gymastics team faced extraordinary challenges this year including the loss of the two top team members to injury. Many doubted they would make the finals, much less win a medal.



But somehow the US team turned in one great performance after another to remain in the medal hunt. The team actually led the heavily favored Chinese and Japanese teams at the midway point of the competition.



In the final event, the pommel horse, the US turned in two disastrous routines and it looked like they would be out of the medals. It would all come down to Soviet Union native Alexander "Sasha" Artemev, a young alternate on the team who was tapped to compete in Beijing after the injuries of his team members.



And then as Americans held their breath, Artemev delivers the routine of his life and scored high enough to beat the Germans and secure a bronze medal for the underdog Americans.



Congrats to the American gymnasts!

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  1. cathy's Avatar
    Go Sasha! Finally Sasha proves to the critics that he can come through when we need him. His gymnastics is so beautiful. I cant wait to cheer him on in event finals. All I can say is Paul and Morgan who?
  2. Jenda's Avatar
    One is not Soviet except in a political sense. Is he Russian, Ukrainian or White Russian?
  3. Lynsey's Avatar
    None of the above. Sasha is native to Belarus.
  4. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    Didn't mean to offend. He is a Belarus native, though Belarus was a Republic of the Soviet Union at the time he was born. By the way, I'm 1/4 Balarus myself. Both of my grandmother's parents were from Belarus - one from Borisov and the other from Shchedrin.
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