Ten Years Later, Cyclones Continue to Honor 9/11 Victim
AMES, Iowa - Former Iowa State gymnast Mari-Rae Sopper had a heart full of love for gymnastics. Sopper's passion led her to American Airlines Flight 77 the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. The 35-year-old perished while aboard the plane that crashed into the Pentagon. Sopper was traveling to Los Angeles to save the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) gymnastics program, which was hanging on by a thread.