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Strug finished for Games?

U.S. gymnast Kerri Strug has two torn ligaments in her left ankle and might be finished competing.

She landed a difficult vault Tuesday night on an ankle that was already injured because she thought it was the difference between her team winning the gold it captured and finishing second.

The 4-foot-8 athlete, who injured her left ankle on her first vault, severely sprained it and tore ligaments while landing on her second before crumbling to the floor in pain.

"I've got a lot of mixed emotions," Strug said after returning from Crawford Long Hospital, where the ankle was X-rayed.

"Right now I'm ecstatic that we won the gold medal," said Strug, who was given a 9.712 on her final jump. "But I do have some mixed feelings. I'm happy, but I'm sad that I might not be able to participate in the all-around, floor exercise and vault. I've worked so many years to get to the Olympics, and now I'm hurt."

Strug qualified with the seventh highest individual score overall and in the last of three U.S. spots. She qualified first in the floor exercise competition and fifth in the vault.

"I know we have the best trainers available here," she said, "and I'll try my best to compete some more. But I just don't know if I'll be able to."

WAITING GAME: Hundreds of spectators waited up to four hours for a bus to the Olympics from a suburban parking lot, and some of them missed events for which they paid hundreds of dollars.

"I was going to see gymnastics," said Julie Boyden of Michigan, who paid $214 for her four tickets. "We waited six years to come and see them, and now it's pretty much over."

The women's optional gymnastics competition at the Georgia Dome began at 9:30 a.m., and the first bus didn't show up at the Clayton State College lot south of Atlanta until 10 a.m. Some of the spectators had been waiting since 6 a.m.

The stranded spectators aren't likely to be compensated by the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, which doesn't offer refunds under such circumstances, said spokeswoman Laurie Olsen.

UNSATISFIED CUSTOMER: Europe's public broadcasters may sue the organizers of the Atlanta Games for breach of contract after complaining that chaotic working conditions for journalists had undermined coverage of the opening events.

The European Broadcasting Union, the second-largest Olympic broadcast rights holder after NBC, is considering seeking the refund of some of the $250-million paid for rights to the Games.

_ Compiled from Times wires.

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