3 Important Nutrients Every Gymnast Needs

If you are dreaming of becoming a well-decorated gymnast like Simone Biles or Tatiana Gutsu, then you should know that maintaining a lean physique with low amounts of body fat is very important. Without it, you cannot perform those stunning cartwheels, tucks, air flips, and balances on beam flawlessly.

Simone BilesTatiana Gutsu

For generations now, many experts have studied how gymnasts can achieve the right figure that could help them perfect those impressive stunts. What they found was not surprising at all – it takes intense training and a nutritious diet.

The meals of a gymnast, especially those who plan on getting into competition, need to be well-planned from breakfast up to dinner, including the snacks in between. This planning is quite tiresome, but our team at USA – Gymnastics Olympics is more than willing to help you out with that.

Check out this list of three important nutrients that a gymnast should have in his or her diet, and start incorporating it into your own.

  1. Protein

    food which are good sources of proteinIn gymnastics, strength is key. Hence, you have to start considering protein as your main fuel. It is the nutrient that keeps your muscles strong and prevents breakdown, as it provides amino acids that aids in repairing the body quickly. Protein will power you through long hours of intensive training, in which you will train your muscles to perform the popular stunts of the sport perfectly.
    Whey Protein PowderThere are a lot of food which are good sources of protein. This includes egg whites, lean meats, seafood, nuts, and beans. Aside from that, it would also be good to supplement your diet with protein powder, as your body’s demand for protein is higher compared to that of other athletes. There are several brands of cheap protein powder widely available for sale in retail stores. You can also buy cheap protein powder online (check out the list made by pumpninc blog). No matter which way you plan on purchasing, make sure you choose one that is of high quality.

  2. Carbohydrates

    carbohydrates foodsEnergy is also important for those engaged in this sport. You should store energy in your body that is enough to last you for hours of intensive training, and not just for a few minutes or hours. You simply cannot work on your stunts if you cannot muster enough energy to perform such tasks.

    The best way to fill your body with energy is by eating food which is rich in complex carbohydrates, like whole-grain cereals, bread, whole-wheat pasta, legumes, brown rice, and starchy vegetables. Compared to a simple sugar rush, complex carbohydrates are slow-digesting, so they can provide energy for a longer period. You don’t want your energy to go down in the middle of a training, right?

  3. Healthy Fat

    olive oil and olivesHealthy fat cushions your joints and organs when you perform the strenuous activities that the sport entails. Without it, you might be more at risk of incurring serious injuries.

    Olive oil is a great source of healthy fat. Aside from that, you can also get them from flaxseed and Chia seed, nuts, fruits, and fatty fish. 

    Just be careful not to go overboard with taking in fats. Keep in mind that your body should only have a very low amount, as too much fat will make your body heavy.

 

Make it a habit to include food that is rich in these nutrients in your daily meals and snacks. Slowly start by making them a part of your usual meal and work your way towards strictly following the diet plan, removing all other food that does not contribute anything good to your body. Start letting go of unhealthy food, like chips, sodas, alcoholic drinks, oily food, and pastries. They will only add more unnecessary weight to your body.

When you’ve become accustomed to the diet, you can work your way into making the protein powder a meal replacement. This way, you’re assured of getting very high amounts of protein, which is the nutrient your body needs the most.

Don’t pressure yourself to change your entire eating pattern all at once, as that may cause you to develop an eating disorder. Ask for support and guidance from your parents, coaches, and other mentors. They will help keep you on the right path in your journey to proper gymnast diet and nutrition.

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USA Tops Charts With 18 Medal Opportunities

USA Tops Charts With 18 Medal Opportunities

For Immediate Release – Aug. 16, 2004
Brian Eaton, USA Gymnastics

ATHENS – The U.S. gymnastics team surpassed all other nations in qualifying for medal round finals by qualifying for 18 slots in the team, all-around and individual event finals across the next six competition nights. Team USA’s 18 medal chances rank first ahead of China with 16, Romania with 14 and Russia with 12.

Paul Hamm and Carly Patterson lead the way in the individual medal opportunities. Hamm qualified in first place for the men’s all-around final slated for 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18. Hamm also qualified for the Team, Floor Exercise, Pommel Horse, Parallel Bars and High Bar final for a total of six possible medals.

Patterson led the field in qualifying for the women’s all-around final on tap for 9 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 19. However, teammate Courtney Kupets leads the women with four medal chances in the Team, All-Around, Uneven Bars and Balance Beam finals.

Team USA qualified in second place for both the men’s and women’s team finals. The men’s team is the two-time defending world silver medalist and goes for gold at 8:30 p.m. tonight at the Olympic Indoor Hall. The men qualified in second place for the team final behind ’03 world bronze medalist Japan.

Team USA scored a 230.419 to Japan’s 232.134. Scores from the team qualifying are wiped out and each team given a clean slate in the final. The team final is scored using a 6-3-3 format – three men compete on each event, with all three scores counting – eliminating any margin for error.

The U.S. men will send the following line-up into the team final to compete for the first U.S. men’s team medal since the 1984 men’s team won gold 20 years ago:
FX: Young, M. Hamm, P. Hamm, alt. Wilson
PH: McClure, M. Hamm, P. Hamm, alt. Gatson
SR: Young, Gatson, Wilson, alt. P. Hamm
VT: Young, M. Hamm, P. Hamm, alt. McClure
PB: Wilson, P. Hamm, Gatson, alt. McClure
HB: McClure, M. Hamm, P. Hamm, alt. Wilson

“I think we have a great opportunity ahead of us,” coach Kevin Mazeika said. “The guys are focused, they know what they have to do to win a medal. The team final is a totally different meet than team prelims, and we’re approaching it that way with a clear head and confidence.”

The U.S. women will defend their first-ever world championship team gold at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17. The women qualified for the final in second place with a 151.848 behind defending Olympic champion Romania at 152.436. The U.S. performed strongest on bars and beam, and will look to improve on vault and floor in the final.

The women’s line-up was announced at noon on Monday. Team USA will contend for their first gold since 1996 with the following line-up:
VT: Patterson, Bhardwaj, Hatch, alt. Kupets
UB: Patterson, Humphrey, Kupets, alt. McCool
BB: Humphrey, Kupets, Patterson, alt. Bhardwaj
FX: Kupets, Bhardwaj, Patterson, alt. Humphrey

“We believe this line-up can compete for the gold medal,” coach Kelli Hill said. “All of the girls are so talented on every event, it was a tough decision for the coaching staff who to put in each event. In the end, we all agreed that we had to come up with a line-up that balanced risk and opportunity, start values and consistency in order to be competitive.”

A complete list of medal opportunities follows:
Date
Event
Qualified
Entry
8:30 p.m., Mon., 8/16
M Team
2nd
Jason Gatson, Morgan Hamm, Paul Hamm, Brett McClure, Blaine Wilson, Guard Young
9 p.m., Tues., 8/17
W Team
2nd
Mohini Bhardwaj, Annia Hatch, Terin Humphrey, Courtney Kupets, Courtney McCool, Carly Patterson
8:30 p.m., Wed., 8/18
M AA
1st, 19th
Paul Hamm, Brett McClure
9 p.m., Thur., 8/19
W AA
1st, 4th
Carly Patterson, Courtney Kupets
8 p.m., Mon., 8/22
M FX
5th, 6th
Morgan Hamm, Paul Hamm

W VT
6th
Annia Hatch

M PH
8th
Paul Hamm

W UB
5th, 7th
Courtney Kupets, Terin Humphrey
8 p.m., Tues., 8/23
W BB
2nd, 8th
Carly Patterson, Courtney Kupets

M PB
5th
Paul Hamm

W FX
8th
Mohini Bhardwaj

M HB
5th, 7th
Paul Hamm, Morgan Hamm
Individual opportunities:
6, Paul Hamm (Team, AA, FX, PH, PB, HB)
4, Courtney Kupets (Team, AA, UB, BB)
3, Morgan Hamm (Team, FX, HB)
3, Carly Patterson (Team, AA, BB)
2, Brett McClure (Team, AA)
2, Mohini Bhardwaj (Team, FX)
2, Annia Hatch (Team, VT)
2, Terin Humpnrey (Team, UB)
1, Gatson, Wilson, Young; McCool (Team)

Both U.S. teams were shut out of the medals at the 2000 Olympics. Since that time, the United States has enjoyed its most successful three-year World Championships medal run in history, winning 15 world medals in the 2001, 2002 and 2003 World Championships.

2004 Men’s U.S. Olympic Team
Name Age Hometown Residence Club
Jason Gatson 24 Upland, Calif./Mesa, Ariz Colorado Springs, Colo. Team Chevron-USOTC
Morgan Hamm 21 Waukesha, Wis. Columbus, Ohio Team Chevron-Ohio
Paul Hamm 21 Waukesha, Wis. Columbus, Ohio Team Chevron-Ohio
Brett McClure 23 Mill Creek, Wash. Colorado Springs, Colo. Team Chevron-USOTC
Blaine Wilson 30 Columbus, Ohio Columbus, Ohio Team Chevron-Ohio
Guard Young 27 Oklahoma City, Okla. Norman, Okla. Team Chevron-Okla.

2004 Women’s U.S. Olympic Team
Name Age Hometown Residence Club
Mohini Bhardwaj 25 Cincinnati, Ohio Los Angeles, Calif. All Olympians
Annia Hatch 26 West Haven, Conn. West Haven, Conn. Stars Academy
Terin Humphrey 18 Bates City, Mo. Blue Spring, Mo. Great American
Courtney Kupets 17 Gaithersburg, Md. Gaithersburg, Md. Hill’s Gymnastics
Courtney McCool 16 Lee’s Summit, Mo. Lee’s Summit, Mo. Great American
Carly Patterson 16 Baton Rouge, La. Allen, Texas World Olympic

For team bios, recent clippings, quotes, start orders and schedule information, visit:
www.usa-gymnasticsolympics.com.

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Welcome to the USA Gymnastics
2004 Olympic Games – Gymnastics Website

ATHENS - AUGUST 29: Fireworks are seen during the closing ceremonies of the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games on August 29, 2004 at the Sports Complex Olympic Stadium in Athens, Greece. The next summer Olympic Games will be held in Beijing in 2008. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

USA Gymnastics Photo © 2004 / Milos Bicanski / Getty Images

  • Olympics wrap-up: | USA GYMNASTICS ENJOYS MOST SUCCESSFUL OLYMPIC GAMES IN MODERN HISTORY |
  • Team USA preparing for | 2004 T.J. MAXX TOUR OF GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONS |

Team USA Medalists

The Team USA gymnasts have earned nine medals in the
2004 Olympic Games!
This total ranks as the the highest medal total in a non-boycotted
Olympic Games in the modern era of gymnastics!

ATHENS - AUGUST 16: The United States gymnastics team waves to the crowd after winning the silver medal in the men's artistic gymnastics team final competition on August 16, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Olympic Sports Complex Indoor Hall in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Men’s Team Silver1

ATHENS - AUGUST 17: The United States team waves to the crowd after receiving the silver medal in the women's artistic gymnastics team final uneven on August 17, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Olympic Sports Complex Indoor Hall in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Women’s Team Silver2

ATHENS - AUGUST 18: Paul Hamm of the USA listebs to the national anthem after receiving the gold medal for the men's artistic gymnastics individual event on August 18, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Olympic Sports Complex Indoor Hall in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Paul HammATHENS - AUGUST 19: Carley Patterson of the United States stands attended with her gold medal during the US national anthem after winning the women's artistic gymnastics individual competition on August 19, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Olympic Sports Complex Indoor Hall in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Stuart Hannagan/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Carley Patterson

Paul Hamm, AA Gold3 – Carly Patterson, AA Gold4

ATHENS - AUGUST 22: Annia Hatch of the USA receives the silver medal for the women's artistic gymnastics vault event on August 22, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Olympic Sports Complex Indoor Hall in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Annia HatchATHENS - AUGUST 22: Terin Humphrey of the USA receives the silver medal for the women's artistic gymnastics uneven bar event on August 22, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Olympic Sports Complex Indoor Hall in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Terin HumphreyATHENS - AUGUST 17: The United States team waves to the crowd after receiving the silver medal in the women's artistic gymnastics team final uneven on August 17, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Olympic Sports Complex Indoor Hall in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Hatch, VT Silver4 – Humphrey, UB Silver4 – Courtney Kupets, UB Bronze2

ATHENS - AUGUST 23: Paul Hamm of United States receives the silver medal for the men's artistic gymnastics horizontal bar event on August 23, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Olympic Sports Complex Indoor Hall in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Paul HammATHENS - AUGUST 23: Carly Patterson of United States receives the silver medal for the women's artistic gymnastics balance beam event on August 23, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Olympic Sports Complex Indoor Hall in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Carly Patterson

Paul Hamm, HB Silver5 – Carly Patterson, BB Silver5

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Patterson Wins GOLD In All-Around!!!
Hatch, Humphrey, Kupets Add To Medal Count

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Annia Hatch completed her remarkable comeback from a torn left ACL 370 days ago to win an Olympic silver medal on the vault!
Terin Humphrey, competing eighth in the rotation, stepped into the silver medal slot with a near perfect routine, and Courtney Kupets regained her status on the uneven bars medal podium with a bronze!
Exclusive! See what the Dream Team had to say about the women’s all-around competition, in Notes!
Olympic All-Around Champion Carly Patterson and her silver medal winning teammates headline the 2004 T.J. Maxx Tour of Gymnastics Champions! Read more here!
Carly Patterson won the gold medal in all-around competition, the first to do so since Mary Lou Retton in 1984. Khorkina, reigning World Champion, finished second, while Zhang Nan of China took the bronze. Courtney Kupets finished in 9th.
The U.S. Women’s Team won the team silver with a score of 113.584 behind Romania (114.283). Russia finished in third with a total of 113.235. Read the press release | HERE |

Paul Hamm Wins All-Around Gold Medal!!!

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Paul Hamm took first place and Brett McClure finished ninth in the men’s all-around final on Wednesday at the 2004 Olympic Games. Hamm finished with a score of 57.823 to edge Korea’s Dae Eun Kim by 0.012 – the smallest margin in Olympic history. | MORE |
TEAM SILVER! – The team competition has concluded with high (bar) drama as the U.S. men won their first Olympic team medal since 1984, and their first team medal in a non-boycotted Olympics since 1948. The U.S. men finished second (172.933) behind Japan (173.821), followed by Romania in third with a total of 172.384.
Read the press release | USA MEN COME FROM BEHIND TO WIN TEAM SILVER |

General

Statement from USA Gymnastics President Bob Colarossi regarding FIG Letter to Paul Hamm
United States Olympic Committee Rejects Request from Federation Internationale de Gymnastique To Further Pressure Olympic Champion Paul Hamm
New!  John Roethlisberger elected to FIG Athletes’ Commission. Read more in Notes.

ATHENS - AUGUST 27: Mary Sanders of the USA competes in the rhythmic gymnastics individual qualifications on August 27, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Galatsi Olympic Hall in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mary Sanders

Rhythmic

Sun., Aug. 29 – Rhythmic All-Around Finals
| RG ALL-AROUND FINALS RESULTS |
Also see | RG ALL-AROUND QUALIFICATION RESULTS | & | PHOTOS |
Sat., Aug. 28 –
| RG GROUP FINALS RESULTS | & | PHOTOS |
Team USA did not compete in this event.Mary Sanders wrapped up her Olympic Games experience on Friday with two more solid routines in ribbon and clubs.
Read the press release –
| Sanders Wraps Up Olympic Games Competition |
Listen to Mary’s reaction in | INTERACTIVE AUDIO |
Read Mary’s | ATHLETE FEATURE |

USA Gymnastics Photo © 2004 / Robert Laberge / Getty Images

NEW YORK - MAY 15: Trampoline Gymnast Jennifer Parilla poses for a portrait during the USOC Media Summit on May 15, 2004 at the Marriott Marquis in New York, New York. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jennifer Parilla

Trampoline

Read how Trampolinist Jennifer Parilla fared in her second Olympic Games | HERE |
See the complete results here! | RESULTS |
Medalists in Women’s Trampoline:
Gold: Anna Dogonadze (GER)
Silver: Karen Cockburn (CAN)
Bronze: Huang Shanshan (CHN)
USA’s Jennifer Parilla placed 14th in the Qualification round
Men’s Trampoline medals went to: Gold – Yuri Nitkin (UKR); Silver – Alexander Moskalenko (RUS); Bronze – Henrik Stehlik (GER)

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Mary Lou Retton

Mary Lou Retton
“America’s Sweetheart”

When Mary Lou landed her vault in the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, her world changed forever. Never before had an American won the all-around gold medal, the most coveted medal in the sport, until her. With her short brown hair and huge smile, American fell in love with the pixie-like Mary Lou, and soon her success would make her a household name.

Mary Lou went on to win four other medals, silver medals in the team and vault competitions and bronze on uneven bars and floor, at the 1984 Olympics. While not a household name at the time (she had never competed at a World Championships or major international event outside of the U.S.) she rose to the opportunity at the Olympics, and solidified herself as a world-class gymnast and sport icon.

After her experience at the Olympics, this American sweetheart made history again while becoming the first woman to appear on the Wheaties box. In 1984 Mary Lou was named Sports Illustrated magazine’s “Sportswoman of the Year” and The Associated Press’ Amateur Athlete of the Year.

Mary Lou was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1997. She has since been involved in gymnastics as a T.V. commentator. Her and her husband, Shannon Kelly, have four daughters.
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General Information 2004

General Information

  • The Gymnastics Venues
    Olympic Indoor Hall (OIH) for Artistic Gymnastics & Trampoline
    Galatsi Olympic Hall (GAL) for Rhythmic Gymnastics
  • Combined Competition Schedule
    Includes daily schedues for Artistic Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics, and Trampoline (Athens time US-ET time zones)
  • Olympic Draw and Olympic Order
    The Olympic start and working order draw was conducted March 19 in Athens. Olympic Order is the international competition event (apparatus) order that is decided by the FIG.
  • Selection Procedures
    Links to the Selection Procedures for the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Teams
  • Listing of Participants by Discipline
    Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG)
    Rhythmic Gymnastics (RG)
    Trampoline (TRA)
    Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG)

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Gatson’s Feature

Gatson’s Quest For Gold And A “Normal Life”

While other gymnasts may have spent childhood experimenting with other activities before narrowing in on this high intensity sport, Jason Gatson knew from the start that gymnastics was the only thing for him.

“I have always known that I wanted to do gymnastics,” said Gatson, a recent 2004 Olympic Gymnastics Team qualifier and 2004 Visa American Cup Champion. “I love the sport.”
Indeed Gatson loves the sport. The youngest male ever to represent the U.S. at the World Championships has never wanted to do anything else, nor has he had the time to with his grueling schedule. When he is not at the gym practicing more than five hours a day, six days a week, he is often relaxing his body, preparing for the next practice to come.
“There is not much time to do anything else,” Gatson said. “I do homework, get some sleep, and then get up early to train.”
So what does this gymnastics prodigy do with his time when he takes off his grips and walks out of the gym?
Recently, Gaston bought a house in Colorado Springs, Colo., near the U.S. Olympic Training Center where he has lived and trained for the past eight years. Using furniture he acquired while living in the dorms at the Training Center and with help from his mom and dad, Gatson is filling up the house.
“My teammate Brett (McClure) also bought a house out here,” Gatson said. “I love it because I can do my business at the gym and then come home to my house.”
On weekends, or better yet, on Gatson’s one day off – Sundays – Gatson enjoys relaxing at home. “That’s practically all I have time to do,” Gatson said.
Gatson also finds himself busy running errands, hanging out with friends, playing cards – poker to be exact – and having barbeques from time to time.
Jason’s “Favorites”

Color: Green
Vacation Spot: Hawaii
Website: www.HARDTOFINDRECORDS.com
Movie: Old School
Season: Summer

Gatson likes to spend time with McClure, also a U.S. Olympic Team Qualifier, and other athletes who train at the Olympic Training Center. He said he has friends who are training in wrestling, judo and taekwondo.
“At first it was overwhelming to live at the (U.S. Olympic Training) Center, and I thought, ‘Wow! I can’t believe I am here,’” Gatson said. “But eventually you get into the grove with training and eating.”
“All of us are doing the same thing, training, and going through the same thing.”
Come this August in Athens, Gatson will be hoping to rise above the “same thing,” and win a gold medal he has long waited for.

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For Immediate Release – Aug. 27, 2004

United States Olympic Committee Rejects Request
From Federation Internationale De Gymnastique
To Further Pressure Olympic Champion Paul Hamm

For Immediate Release – Aug. 27, 2004
Darryl Seibel, USOC, 210-003-0801

ATHENS, Greece – Last night, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) received a letter from Mr. Bruno Grandi, President of the Federation Internationale De Gymnastique (FIG). The letter was in reference to the continuing controversy surrounding the final results of the Individual Men’s All-Around, which was won by Mr. Paul Hamm of the United States.

The USOC views this letter as a blatant and inappropriate attempt on the part of FIG to once again shift responsibility for its own mistakes and instead pressure Mr. Hamm into resolving what has become an embarrassing situation for the Federation. The USOC finds this request to be improper, outrageous and so far beyond the bounds of what is acceptable that it refuses to transmit the letter to Mr. Hamm.

The USOC has informed the FIG of this and requested that it immediately withdraw its letter.

It is the opinion of the USOC that Mr. Hamm did exactly what an Olympic champion should do: he performed to the best of his ability, he competed within the rules of his sport, and he accepted his gold medal with pride, honor and dignity.

The USOC had two lengthy telephone conversations last night with Mr. Hamm, his parents and his representatives. During these conversations, the USOC expressed its unwavering support for Mr. Hamm and indicated it will aggressively resist any attempt by any party to lay claim to his gold medal.

As stated repeatedly by Mr. Grandi and stipulated by the FIG rules, Paul Hamm is the Olympic gold medallist and Olympic champion in the 2004 Individual Men’s All-Around. The USOC shares this point of view and finds any attempt by the FIG to pressure Mr. Hamm, or any athlete, into resolving a dispute not of their creation both unacceptable and irresponsible.

The letter from FIG also indicates the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is supportive of the FIG position. However, conversations between the USOC and the IOC, as recently as this morning, indicate exactly the opposite. In fact, the IOC and its President, Dr. Jacques Rogge, have expressed displeasure over the fact the FIG would even consider placing an athlete in such an untenable position and strongly stated they do not support the letter or its contents.

When representatives of the Korean Olympic Committee suggested the awarding of a second gold medal as a possible remedy for this situation, the USOC expressed a willingness to consider this should the appropriate governing authorities – namely the FIG and IOC – find this acceptable. However, in light of this most recent and unacceptable maneuver by the FIG, as well as concern expressed by the IOC, this is no longer an option the USOC will consider.

The USOC considers this matter closed and looks forward to celebrating the tremendous success of the Athens Games and the inspiring performances of athletes from around the world, not the least of which is that of Olympic champion Paul Hamm.

“We are extremely proud of Paul Hamm and all he has accomplished,” said USOC Chair Peter Ueberroth. “His comeback in the Individual Men’s All-Around is emblematic of the spirit of an Olympic champion. In the face of adversity, he refused to give up and battled to earn his Olympic gold medal. Now, faced with more adversity, he will again not give up, and he will have the full support of the United States Olympic Committee with him.”

“As stewards of the Olympic movement, we all share a responsibility to protect, not sacrifice, the interests of athletes,” said USOC Chief Executive Jim Scherr. “We encourage Mr. Grandi and other officials within FIG who saw this as an appropriate remedy to begin taking this responsibility more seriously.”

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Women’s All-Around Finals August 19, 2004

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Row 1: Patterson, Khorkina, Zhang*
Row 2: Patterson**, Patterson*, Patterson*
Row 3: Patterson*, Patterson*, Patterson**
Row 4: Patterson, Khorkina, Zhang*, Patterson*, Patterson*
Row 5: Patterson*, Patterson*
Row 6: Kupets**
Row 7: Kupets**, Kupets*
Row 8: Patterson**

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USA Comes From Behind To Win Team Silver

USA Comes From Behind To Win Team Silver

For Immediate Release – Aug. 16, 2004
Brian Eaton, USA Gymnastics

ATHENS – The U.S. men’s gymnastics team came from behind in the final rotation on high bar to win the team silver medal late Monday at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Team USA scored a 172.933 to trail Japan at 173.821. Romania took the bronze at 172.384.The men’s team medal is the United States’ first since 1984 and only the fourth in U.S. history. It marks the third consecutive team silver medal in this quadrennium following back-to-back team silvers at the 2001 and 2003 World Championships.

“We came here as a team. Our whole goal was to win a medal,” said team member Jason Gatson. vAll the individual stuff happens after the team. I’m just excited I’ve got a silver medal and I’m going home with a medal.v

The United States led the competition after stellar performances on floor and pommel horse. However, a lapse on still rings and vault dropped the U.S. to third behind Romania and Japan. As Romania struggled on parallel bars and high bar, the United States shined on two of its stronger events to surpass Romania for the silver. The U.S. earned a 9.712 from Blaine Wilson, followed by a 9.737 from Paul Hamm and a 9.825 from Jason Gatson to regain the lead for good.

vMy main focus was to come here and win a medal as a team, and we did just that,v said three-time Olympian Blaine Wilson. vIt wasn’t easy. We had a rough bit in the middle of the meet, but we got everyone together and said, let’s get this done.v

Team USA started fourth on floor, and watched contenders from Japan, China and Romania all step out of bounds. Leading off, Guard Young scored a 9.700. Morgan Hamm followed with a 9.712 and Paul Hamm finished the rotation with a 9.725 to put the U.S. in the lead. The U.S. men then scored two 9.650s and one 9.750 to keep the lead through pommel horse.

Japan took the lead on still rings, and turned it over to Romania after vault. However, Romania struggled on parallel bars, narrowing their lead to just 0.135 between first and third place after five rotations. Romania’s Razvan Selariu suffered a fall to lead off high bar, opening the door for both the U.S. and Japan to move ahead. Japan finished with scores of 9.787, 9.825 and 9.850 to seal the victory.

USA’s Brett McClure and Paul Hamm will now prepare for the men’s All-Around final on Weds., Aug. 18. Hamm qualified in 1st place for the final, with McClure qualifying in 19th place. Hamm also qualified for four event finals later in the week, and will be joined by brother Hamm in two of those events.

The team final is scored using a 6-3-3 format – three men compete and all three scores count – eliminating any margin for error. The 2004 Games is the first Olympics to use the 6-3-3 finals scoring format.

The United States led all nations with 18 medal opportunities across six nights of finals. Competition continues on Tuesday with the women’s team final at 9 p.m. at the Olympic Indoor Hall.

2004 Men’s U.S. Olympic Team
Name / Age / Hometown / Residence / Club
Jason Gatson 24 / Upland, Calif./Mesa / Ariz Colorado Springs, Colo. / Team Chevron-USOTC
Morgan Hamm 21 / Waukesha, Wis. / Columbus, OhiovTeam Chevron-Ohio
Paul Hamm 21 / Waukesha, Wis. / Columbus, Ohio / Team Chevron-Ohio
Brett McClure 23 / Mill Creek, Wash. / Colorado Springs, Colo. / Team Chevron-USOTC
Blaine Wilson 30 / Columbus, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio / Team Chevron-Ohio
Guard Young 27 / Oklahoma City, Okla. / Norman, Okla. / Team Chevron-Okla.For team bios, recent clippings, quotes, start orders and schedule information, visit: www.usa-gymnasticsolympics.com.

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