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Morgan Hamm withdraws, too

Yesterday, gymnast Morgan Hamm was eager to learn that his twin brother, Paul, was thinking of joining him in Beijing to provide support.
Now, neither of them will be competing in the Olympics. Morgan Hamm withdrew with a left ankle injury.

Morgan Hamm withdraws, too

Yesterday, gymnast Morgan Hamm was eager to learn that his twin brother, Paul, was thinking of joining him in Beijing to provide support.

Now, neither of them will be competing in the Olympics. Morgan Hamm withdrew with a left ankle injury, USA Gymnastics announced in a statement released at 5 a.m. Eastern time. Talented but error-prone all-around contender Sasha Artemev was chosen to replace Morgan Hamm on the roster instead of David Durante.

“I have been dealing with this for the last year, and it recently has gotten worse here in Beijing,” said Hamm, a two-time Olympian. “Right now I am unable to perform my tumbling skills at the level that I need to. This has an impact on my ability to contribute to the team’s goals and I believe by continuing I would be putting myself at further risk. There are two very capable athletes who can step in and help this team more than I can right now.”

The defending all-around gold medalist, Paul Hamm, withdrew from the team July 28 due to complications from a broken right hand and a strained left shoulder. That left Morgan as the sole veteran on a team left hoping for perfection to challenge for more than bronze.

“Morgan’s dedication to helping the USA claim a team medal for the second straight Olympics has been exemplary,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “He has done every thing he could to contribute to this team, and we appreciate his efforts. We also appreciate his putting the team’s best interests first. He has once again demonstrated why he is a champion.”

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SAM DONNELLON's career began in Biddeford, Me., in 1981, and has included stops in Wilkes-Barre, Norfolk, and New York, where he worked as a national writer for the short-lived but highly acclaimed National Sports Daily. He has received state and national awards at each stop and since joining the Daily News in 1992 has been honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors, the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Associated Press Managing Editors of Pennsylvania and the Keystone Awards. He and his wife have raised three fine children, none of whom are even the least bit impressed with the above. Sam is veteran of Olympics coverage for the Daily News, including the Games in Sydney and Turin, among others.

MARCUS HAYES grew up on a small farm outside of Hermon, NY., a small town near the Canadian border about the size of Reading Terminal Market. In high school he played three varsity sports and aspired to be faster, or more skilled, or taller. Having failed in those aspirations and seeking a warmer climate, Marcus attended Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and eventually graduated with a degree in Magazine Writing. He also earned a degree in English from the College of Arts and Sciences. To date he has written for no magazines. His English is spotty at best. Upon graduation in 1990, with Jim Boeheim's talent-leaden SU basketball teams having won no titles, Marcus spent 4½ years working for the now-absorbed Syracuse Herald-Journal covering high school sports, local small college sports and non-revenue sports at SU. Marcus joined the Daily News as a feature story writer in 1995. Among other assignments he has covered the Eagles and Phillies beats for most of his tenure. Still, the paper soldiers on.

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