Aug. 17, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The United States men’s gymnastics team came from behind to win the silver medal Tuesday at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. The medal was the first for the team since 1984 and just the fourth in history. Former Buckeye Blaine Wilson was part of the medal-winning squad, while OSU head coach Miles Avery is serving as the assistant coach for the U.S. team.

In the team final, Wilson competed on two events, posting a team-best 9.637 on rings and a 9.712 on parallel bars.

Paul and Morgan Hamm, who also train under Avery in Columbus, also had outstanding performances in the team final to help the U.S. to the medal. Paul, the reigning world champion, competed on five of the six events, scoring a 9.75 on pommel horse, a 9.737 on parallel bars, a 9.725 on floor exercise, a 9.612 on vault and a 9.462 on high bar. Morgan posted a 9.762 on high bar, a .912 on floor, a 9.65 on pommel horse and a 9.637 on vault.

Paul Hamm qualified for the all-around finals, which will be held Wednesday. He also will compete in four individual events, while Morgan qualified for two.