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Olympics

Gymnasts to watch

By Times Staff Writer
Published June 20, 2004

PAUL HAMM: The 2003 World all-around champion recently claimed his third consecutive all-around gold at the U.S. Championships.

MORGAN HAMM: Paul's twin was third at the U.S. Champion-

ships, his best all-around finish in that event. He helped anchor the 2003 World Championships team that won the silver medal.

BRETT McCLURE: Finished second at U.S. Championships in the all-around and first on the pommel horse as four of his six scores were above 9.500. A 2001 and 2003 World Championships team member.

BLAINE WILSON: The five-time U.S. national champion will compete despite missing the U.S. Championships with a torn left biceps tendon. He is the first man to win five consecutive national titles in USA Gymnastics.

WOMEN

CARLY PATTERSON: Co-champion for the all-around title at the U.S. Championships, Patterson won the floor exercise. She was second in the all-around at last year's Worlds.

TERIN HUMPHREY: Was third at the U.S. Championships, the highest all-around finish in the event. Humphrey was a member of the 2003 World Championships gold medal team.

COURTNEY KUPETS: Tied for all-around title at the U.S. Championships while winning individual gold on the uneven bars and balance beam. The event was her first major competition since tearing her Achilles' tendon at the 2003 World Championships.

TABITHA YIM: Was seventh at U.S. Championships but finished second two years ago. Yim was slowed for a while by a broken leg. She is a former floor exercise national champion.

- Compiled by Keith Niebuhr.

U.S. OLYMPIC GYMNASTICS TRIALS

WHEN/WHERE: Thursday-Sunday; Arrowhead Pond; Anaheim, Calif.

SCHEDULE: Women - preliminaries are Friday, finals are Sunday. Men - prelims are Thursday, finals are Saturday.

TV: Ch. 8 will televise the women's prelims 8-10 p.m. Friday, the women's finals 7-9 Sunday and the men's finals 1-3 July 3. WHO MAKES THE OLYMPICS SQUAD: For the men, the top two athletes, using 40 percent of the final all-around score from the U.S. Championships and 60 percent of the final all-around score from the U.S. Olympic Trials, plus four athletes named by the Olympic Team Selection Committee. The women's team will be composed of the top two all-around athletes from the U.S. Olympic Trials, plus four athletes named by the Olympic Team Selection Committee.

ON THE WEB: www.2004gymnasticstrials.com

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