For Terin Humphrey, good things come in twos. The Bates City, Mo. native, who will join the University of Alabama gymnastics this season, had already earned one silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympic during the team competition earlier in the week. Now she has two silver medals, having taken second in the uneven bars today.
Humphrey scored a 9.662 to finish just behind France's Emilie Lepennec who took gold with a 9.687. The U.S.'s Courtney Kupets took the bronze with a 9.637. It was a good day for the U.S. team as Annia Hatch took silver in the vault with a score of 9.481. The individual finals of the balance beam and floor exercise gets underway Monday.
"It is unbelievable, so amazing," Humphrey said of the medal. "You can't know what it really feels like, winning a medal, unless you are out there on the podium."
"I am very excited that Terin Humphrey won the silver medal," Kupets said. "I cheered for her. She has worked very hard and deserves every bit of her success. It has been great winning a medal with her."
During the team competition, the United States counted Humphrey's scores on the uneven bars and balance beam. She competed in both those events in the team final, helping the U.S. to its first Olympic team medal since the 1996 Games.
Humphrey is one of the most experienced international competitors on the United States' team as a former World Champion bronze medalist in 2001 and World Championship team gold in 2003.
Following the Olympic Games, Terin will participate in the 38-city T.J. Maxx Tour of Gymnastics Champions. "I really liked performing on tour last year after Worlds and can't wait to do it again. It was awesome," Humphrey said earlier.
Following the tour Humphrey heads to Tuscaloosa, for the spring semester, where she plans to study psychology. "I may eventually end up moving to California and performing in Cirque du Soleil or something similar," Terin said.