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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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)

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  • 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

USA Gymnastics Photo © 2004 / CliveBrunskill1, MarkDadswell2, DonaldMiralle3, ChrisMcGrath4, EzraShaw5 / Getty Images

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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