posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 04:02 PM
ATHENS (AP) - Twenty years later, the boys are back on the medal stand. The American men's gymnastics program, long overlooked and often
unappreciated, won Olympic silver Monday, capping a four-year rebuilding project to take home a medal for the first time since the boycotted 1984
After faltering in the middle two rotations, Paul and Morgan Hamm led a rally. The Americans hit their last six routines, on parallel bars and high
bar, to push past Romania with 172.933 points.
The Japanese went last and needed to average about 9.5 over three sets on high bar to win. They did it with ease, winning the meet by 0.888 points.
The Americans applauded the clutch effort but also celebrated their own, hardly looking like a team that felt as if it settled for second best.
"It doesn't get harder than that. It doesn't get more dramatic than that," USA Gymnastics president Bob Colarossi said. "To come back out and hit the
last six routines like that is unbelievable."