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  • Kayla: Turner syndrome, also known as monosomy X, is a genetic mutation that affects the sex chromosome in newborn females, usually leading to a missing or partially formed X chromosome in the pair. Only about 1% of those affected survive.
  • With such mutation, it can cause physical and internal abnormalities to occur. Such symptoms include heart complications,  high blood pressure, and osteoporosis.
  • Having that in mind may seem like a setback to most, but it wasn't for gymnast, Melissa Anne Marlowe.
  • Marlowe competed as an Olympic gymnast for America in the late 80s, early 90s. One of her most notable achievements during that time was her overall team placing 4th in the Seoul 1988 Summer Olympics when she was 17 years old.
  • After competing in the Olympics, she retired to having a career as a coach in a  gym called Missy Marlowe's Gymnastics and Sports Center up until 2001.
  • Even though her body was more at risk than others, Marlowe pulled through, being one of the few with her condition to achieve far greater than what was expected.  
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