Up close with Olympian Paul Hamm

September 8, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Go for the gold! Up close and personal with Olympic gold medalist gymnast Paul Hamm!

About Paul Hamm:
Paul along with his twin brother Morgan grew up on a farm in Waukesha, Wis., and used makeshift equipment to train on. They used a pommel horse from an old maple tree and foam and leather from automobile upholstery; rings were hung in the attic; a stairway railing was made into parallel bars; and they set up a trampoline in the barn. At the 2000 Olympics, Paul and Morgan Hamm became the first set of twins ever to make the U.S. gymnastics team

Hamm won his first world championship medal in 2002. He originally finished fourth on floor at the 2002 Individual Event World Championships, but moved up a place when FIG, the sport's international governing body, announced that silver medalist Gervasio Deferr of Spain tested positive for marijuana and stripped him of his medal. At the 2001 Worlds, Hamm had the highest U.S. finish in the men's all-around (seventh) and contributed to the team silver, only the second world medal for the U.S. men in the team event. (The first was a bronze in 1979.)

At the 2003 Nationals, Hamm won his second consecutive all-around and pommel horse titles and also won on high bar. His first U.S. all-around title in 2002 ended Blaine Wilson's attempt to become a six-time national champion. In 2002, he also claimed the national titles in vault. Paul made the national team in 1999 after an 11th-place finish in the all-around at Nationals. In Athens Olympics 2004, Hamm wins Men's Individual All Round Gold Medal in Gymnastics.

2008 Tour of Gymnastics Superstars
Sunday, September 21, 2008
05:00 PM
HP Pavilion
525 W Santa Clara
San Jose, CA 95113
Tickets: $31.50- $92.00
You can purchase tickets online at Ticketmaster.

For more inforamation visit, www.hppsj.com/schedule.


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