Dream come true: Melrose native Smock used father's death as motivation for London games
ST. PAUL - Maybe it's the laugh, which seemingly never stops. But if there ever was a U.S. Olympic athlete who was born to handle success, it is Amanda Smock.
In one respect, she's been training for the Olympic Games since she was a little kid. A prized photo in her home in Melrose is of a 4-year-old Amanda in a U.S. gymnastics uniform when she wanted to be the next Mary Lou Retton.
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