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From darkness, Vise finds light with Oklahoma gymnastics — ESPN.com

Hollie Vise went from being a world champion to a disappearing act, but she's back -- as a Sooner. Photo provided by Oklahoma media relations.

Hollie Vise went from being a world champion to a disappearing act, but she's back -- as a Sooner. Photo provided by Oklahoma media relations.

By David Hinojosa
Class of 1993

Hollie Vise and gymnastics are friends again.

Vise, a junior for the 10th-ranked Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team, is enjoying renewed enthusiasm for a sport that once led to the biggest disappointment in her life.

The 21-year-old Dallas native begins the 2009 season Friday at No. 3 Florida as the Big 12’s defending champion on the uneven bars, an event on which she was once a world champion.

Coach K.J. Kindler expects big contributions from Vise on the bars and balance beam as the Sooners try to build on their program-best eighth-place finish at nationals last year.

“It’s nice to see that she loves gymnastics again,” Vise’s mother, LeeAnn, said, “because for two years, I don’t think she did.”

The Hollie Vise Reclamation Project seems to be working.

It began 2½ years ago — “ground zero,” as Vise calls it — when she arrived at Oklahoma still reeling from the disappointment of not making the 2004 U.S. Olympic squad.

She had no motivation, no confidence and was woefully out of shape.

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