AMES, Iowa—For most athletes, rupturing one Achilles tendon means it is time to seriously reconsider their sporting career. Generally, if it happens twice, their career is over. But rupturing the tendon that connects the calf to the heel bone a third time is uncharted waters. Throw in the time-proven issue of age in gymnastics and what Ceilia Maccani is doing for Iowa State is truly remarkable.

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