Gymnast Paul Hamm has withdrawn from the Beijing Olympics due to injuries. See photos and video of Paul Hamm below.
Hamm, 25, withdrew from the U.S. Olympic men’s gymnastics team today because of a broken bone in his right hand. A previous left rotator cuff injury that he had aggravated again was also to blame. Because of his injuries, he was unable to run through a full routine this week. He said:
“This has been the hardest decision that I’ve ever had to make, but I have too much respect for the Olympics and my team to continue,�? Hamm said in a teleconference Monday. “I know that the best thing for everyone is for me to step aside.�?
Although Hamm proved himself to officials at the Colorado Springs training camp on July 19th that he was ready to compete at the Olympics, the following week things started to go downhill. His left rotator cuff started to bother him again.
“There came a point in the gym where I kind of almost threw my arms in the air and knew it wasn’t working,�? Hamm said.
His replacement is 27-year-old Raj Bhavsar, who was chosen based on his scores that the men’s selection committee used in June to pick the team.
The men’s gymnastic team also includes Morgan Hamm, (Paul’s twin), Joe Hagerty, Jonathan Horton, Justin Spring and Kevin Tan. Competition for the men will begin on August 9.
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