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Abel and team head to Rio de Janeiro


Last updated 7/19/2007 at Noon

INDIANAPOLIS — Later this month, the United States Synchronized Swimming National Team, which includes Brooke Abel of Fallbrook, will leave training in the San Francisco Bay area to head to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the 2007 Pan American Games.

For the first time in the sport of synchronized swimming, the Pan Am Games will serve as the qualifier for the Olympic Games. Team USA must bring home gold medals in order to secure an Olympic berth. With the increased importance placed on the Pan American Games, the United States hand-picked its team in April, marking the first 2008 US Olympic...

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