Meet starts at 7 p.m. Saturday in St. John Arena

COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State men’s gymnastics team opens its home season vs. UIC at 7 p.m. Saturday in St. John Arena. At the meet, the first 150 kids will receive a free Ohio State medal as the team celebrates Olympic Night.

In addition, Olympic memorabilia from Miles Avery, Ohio State head coach and four-time U.S. assistant coach, andBlaine Wilson, former Buckeye and three-time Olympian, will be on display.

“I am proud to show Ohio State’s association with the Olympics at the meet Saturday,” Avery said. “It has been a great privilege to serve the last four U.S. Olympic teams on the coaching staff and it has been a joy to see Buckeyes representing the country and the university at that level.”

It also is FUNday Saturday at the dual. For $7, each person receives a ticket, hotdog, soda and popcorn. The first 300 fans in attendance will receive a free team poster and the 2009 Buckeyes will be available for a postgame autograph session on the main concourse.

Ohio State and the Olympics
Miles Avery, assistant coach – Atlanta, 1996; Sydney, 2000; Athens, 2004; Beijing, 2008
Peter Kormann, Olympian – Montreal, 1976; head coach – Atlanta, 1996; Sydney, 2000
Raj Bhavsar, Olympian – Beijing, 2008; alternate – Athens, 2004
Jamie Natalie, alternate – Sydney, 2000
Gil Pinto (Brazil), Olympian – Seoul, 1988
Kip Simons, Olympian – Atlanta, 1996
Blaine Wilson, Olympian – Atlanta, 1996; Sydney, 2000; Athens, 2004