Nov. 3, 2000

%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State men’s gymnast Jamie Natalie (Sr., Hockessin, Del.) and head coach Miles Avery each will participate in the Pontiac International Team Championships, Thursday, Nov. 9 in Syracuse, N.Y. Natalie, the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team alternate, will compete for the United States, while Avery will serve as the head coach of the U.S. squad. It is Avery’s first meet as the head coach of a U.S. team at an international meet.%^$

%^$The other countries participating in the meet are China and Romania. Many athletes in the meet are vying for spots on their respective 2001 World Championships teams, as well as other future teams. The next World Championships, held every two years, will be Oct. 28-Nov. 4, 2001 in Ghent, Belgium.%^$

%^$”This meet is an important step for the U.S. men’s team,” Avery said “These championships are leading up to the World Championships next year.%^$

%^$”It’s also a big stepping stone for Jamie Natalie,” Avery said. “It will help to set himself up for the next quadrennium and the Olympics in Athens.”%^$

%^$The Pontiac International Team Championships will be televised at 4 p.m. on NBC, Dec. 16 and at 2 p.m., Dec. 17.