After an agonizing wait, Bethesda’s Julie Zetlin got some great news Saturday: She secured a qualifying spot in rhythmic gymnastics in this summer’s Olympic Games in London.
Zetlin did not qualify outright at the 2011 world championships in September in Montpellier, France, but her performance there was sufficient to earn her an at-large berth from the North, Central and South America region, the world gymnastics governing body (FIG) decided.
The United States did not qualify any rhythmic gymnasts for the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing. Zetlin will compete in London beginning Aug. 9-10 in the qualfication rounds at Wembley Arena.
Zetlin trains under Olga Kutuzova at Rhythmflex in Gaithersburg.