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Feb. 25, 2003

Columbus, Ohio – As the No. 1 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team takes the weekend off from competition, head coach Miles Avery will spend the time as an assistant coach for Team USA at the American Cup Saturday in Fairfax, Va. The event will be nationally televised on NBC at 4 p.m. EST with the conclusion and awards ceremony at 6 p.m.

Anchoring the U.S. men’s squad is former Buckeye standout and current assistant coach Blaine Wilson, the 2001 VISA American Cup all-around champion and rings and high bar gold medalist at the 2002 U.S. National Championships. Wilson, a two-time Olympian, is in his third year as an assistant coach at Ohio State.

“This competition is one of the important steps for the USA to confirm that it is now a gymnastics power in the world,” Avery said. “It would be surprising if any gymnast in this competition were not at the World Championships in August later this year. Blaine has a great opportunity to showcase some of the USA’s depth and solidify his place atop the world rankings at this prestigious competition.”

Avery also serves on the United States Men’s Gymnastics Program Committee. The committee is involved with almost all major decisions made about men’s gymnastics in the U.S. such as rules, teams and procedures.