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Bhardwaj wants perfect ending

Updated: July 18, 2004, 8:42 PM ET
By Seth Wickersham | ESPN The Magazine

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- When she was perfect, she couldn't do it. Perfect was back in 1996. She was the perfect age for a gymnast (18), on the perfect team (the '96 team won gold in Atlanta). She had perfect credit. Everything was set. Until the U.S. Olympic team trials.

That's where Mohini Bhardwaj finished 10th. Only the top six made the team. She was out.

Now, she's not perfect. She's 25. She's competing for a trip to Athens on the deepest women's gymnastics team ever. Her credit is ...

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