Thursday, August 7, 2008

They keep falling

Bad news for the U.S. men's gymnastics team when Morgan Hamm followed in his twin brother's footsteps and withdrew from competing due to an ankle injury.

Diane Pucin writes:
The ankle has been bothering Hamm for more than two months. He has taken two cortisone shots in that time including, one without the proper paperwork filed with the United States Anti-Doping Agency that resulted in Hamm's getting an official warning.

During Wednesday's podium training, Hamm landed gingerly on a floor exercise pass and afterward said the ankle hurt.

His twin brother, Paul, the defending Olympic all-around gold medalist, withdrew from the Olympics July 28 because of a broken bone in his hand. He was replaced by alternate Raj Bhavsar.

Alexander Artemev, who is capable of medal-winning brilliance but also confounding inconsistency, was chosen to replace Morgan Hamm on the team.

I wonder what this will do to what was supposed to be one of the strongest mens teams ever?

Guess we will know soon enough-- it all starts tomorrow!

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