Paul and Morgan Hamm Featured in The Washington Post
Paul and Morgan Hamm were featured in today’s issue of The Washington Post.
Eli Saslow writes:
Paul and Morgan Hamm officially launched their comebacks Wednesday night, but they’re still unsure of exactly what they have returned to. Can this really be gymnastics? The Hamms’ routines, once completed with ease, now necessitate agonizing pain. The sport’s rules, once so familiar, now frustrate and confuse them.
After taking a three-year break from competition after the Athens Olympics, the Hamms entered the HP Pavilion to a raucous ovation at the USA Gymnastics national championships on Wednesday. They skipped four events and competed only in preliminary rounds for the floor exercise and pommel horse. It was a cautious return for the best male gymnasts in the United States, and the Hamms said their light meet schedule was sort of an admission in itself: Gymnastics is much more difficult than they remember it.
“It is a lot of work, and you forget about that,” said Paul Hamm, the 2004 Olympic gold medal winner in the men’s all-around competition. “You think: ‘I can come back any day. I’ll get in the gym and start doing routines again.’ But it’s not like that. You really have to put yourself through some serious stress.”