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Gymnastics Athlete – Sean Townsend
In 2001, Sean Townsend was ontop of the world, litterally. Coming off a win at the 2001 National Championships, Sean went on to claim the 2001 Parallel Bars world title. Nothing could go wrong, or so it seemed. In January of 2002 Sean was accused of having marijuana appear in a drug test that had been done randomly to 100 athletes. He lost funding for training and risked loosing his spot on the National Team.
Sean put aside the thoughts of what he had done and moved on to train for the 2002 Nationals. Sean was ready to defend his national title, that too, didn’t seem to go his way. Finishing 3rd at Nationals, Sean went onto compete at the 2002 World Championships. He was unable to make it to finals on parallel bars. Sean thought the 2003 Season would go his way so he started to prepare for it. In early 2003 news would hit Sean that would effect the rest of his life, his foster mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Sean and his foster brother Todd dropped what they were doing at the gym and went to be with their mom. It was then that Sean realized that family was more important then gymnastics.
Going into Nationals, Sean was not fully prepared, injurying his knee just weeks before the competition Sean decided to give it a try, he wanted to be on the World Team. Due to his knee, Sean was unable to even finish the competition, thus ending his dream of competing in the 2003 World Championships.
Sean went back to the gym to prove to the World that he still had it and that he could compete with the best. He came to shock the country when he won the Winter Cup in 2004. He went on to regain his spot on the National Team and to compete in the 2004 National Championships, where he finished 3rd. Sean went onto compete at the Olympic Trials and qualifed to the selection camp. Although Athens just wasn’t ment to be. Sean was not named as a member of the 2004 Olympic Team.
Sean now turns to a new chapter in his life, he and his girlfriend of 3 years, Jessica, are getting married in January of 2005. Weather Sean will stay in the gym after his wedding has not been decided, although whatever he decides, his fans are here to support him. He proved to everyone that even though he’s not in Athens, he could come back from the lowest point of his life, to place as high as he could.