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'Completely Different' Sims Heads to Utah
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Chloe Sims (Australia) at the 2006 Commonwealth Games

After bypassing the 2008 Olympics, Australia's Chloe Sims told IG she is a "completely different person to who I used to be" as she prepares to compete for the University of Utah.

"I am so honored to be even considered for the team," said Sims, who this week announced her intention to compete for Utah. "Though if you have to ask, I have always had to work on my teamwork, and at times I would get so involved in being my best that I forget the people around me. But I am a completely different person to who I used to be, and aside from the fact that I am a bit of a show pony, I know that everyone at Utah will have my full support on and off the field. Or floor, so to speak."

Born Aug. 25, 1990, in Toowoomba, Queensland, Sims finished first all-around at the 2005 Australian junior championships, and first all-around at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. She was a member of Australia's 11th-place team at the 2007 World Championships in Stuttgart, where the team qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games by virtue of its top-12 finish.

Sims subsequently withdrew from the Australian national team and did not try out for a spot on Australia's Olympic team. She said she does not regret this choice.

"At the time I found myself stuck in a situation where pursuing the ‘ultimate' wasn't going to be a positive outcome for my health," Sims told IG. "And although it stung a little to even hear of the Olympics, I realized that there is so much to do in life other than it. So I got off my butt and started a new chapter."

Sims said she chose the University of Utah, the current roster of which includes 2004 Canadian Olympian Gael Mackie and 2008 German Olympian Daria Bijak, for several reasons.

"Although I had offers from other colleges in America, I had known that Utah had a strong team and world-class facilities," she said. "I wanted to be a part of such an amazing atmosphere. Besides, red (one of Utah's school colors) is the best color."

Sims, who hopes to enroll at Utah in January 2009, said she is undecided about a major.

"I am going to start with business management," she said. "However, being a gymnast, I'm torn between that and becoming a coach. I have so many things that I want to accomplish professionally, so I try not to put too many boundaries up. Because I end up breaking them down if I don't like them."

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