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Default Graduation gap

Hi all!

I'm an IMG.This is my first post here.
I am preparing for my Step 1.Depending on how well I do I'll start with the USCE.
My questions are these:
Since I have graduated in Sept. 2010 (final year passed July 2009 + 1yr internship,which is compulsory for graduation),will that time gap factor in against me in the residency match,if I finish Step1+CS+CK before mid 2015?

What is alarming is I am well into my prep for Step 1 and only recently did I get to know through someone that there shouldn't be more than a 5 year gap from graduation and application for the Steps.....or I will be ineligible to give even Step 1!!!!

I have to mention that I did do an year of observership + volunteer work.But obviously that doesn't match up to actual clinical experience(Esp compared to USCE).Some say that extracurriculars can make a difference on your CV.
In the past 2 years I was representing my country as a sportsperson.Can that actually help?Will I have a good chance if i back it up with +90 scores and 6-months USCE? Or is it better to pursue alternative avenues??

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