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PostPosted: 03/20/17 4:57 pm    ::: NYTimes: After Unsure Start, Gabby Williams Soars Reply Reply with quote



STORRS, Conn. — Before she began vaulting for rebounds and blocked shots at Connecticut, Gabby Williams finished fifth in the high jump at the 2012 Olympic track and field trials. Her performance was a personal best of 6 feet 2¼ inches. At the time, she was 15, having just completed her sophomore year at Reed High School in Sparks, Nev.

“There was a youthful elasticity about her,” said Amy Acuff, a five-time Olympian who finished third at those trials. “You could see a bounce and a spring in her movements. She was such a fresh, bright spirit. It can be difficult to have your best performance in a big meet like that, but she definitely rose to the occasion.”

For the 5-foot-11 Williams, now 20, a high-jumping career ended prematurely with a severe knee injury sustained months later while playing basketball. But she remains a soaring presence around the basket and, after a tentative start at UConn, she has become as dependable in the biggest moments on the court as she once was on the track infield.

After an Unsure Start, Gabbby Williams Soars at UCONN


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