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[SPORTS] Best U.S. Gymnast Ken Tan Faltering

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  • madchinaman
    U.S. Men Falter in Gymnastics From Times Staff and Wire Reports http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-newswire15oct15,1,5334888.story Halfway through his
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 17, 2006
      U.S. Men Falter in Gymnastics
      From Times Staff and Wire Reports
      http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-newswire15oct15,1,5334888.story


      Halfway through his routine, America's best gymnast on the still
      rings was in such bad shape, his coach had to run onto the podium to
      catch him in case he fell.

      And indeed, Kevin Tan finished the set on his backside.

      It got worse from there for the U.S. men, who put in an error-filled
      effort during qualifying at the world gymnastics championships
      Saturday in Aarhus, Denmark, that left the rebuilding team in severe
      jeopardy of not making team finals.

      Tan had an out: He came down with food poisoning when he got to
      Denmark last week and wasn't anywhere near full strength for what
      was supposed to be one of the U.S. team's best routines of the day.

      The other five Americans may have felt ill afterward.

      It was quite a comedown for a team that won the silver medal two
      years ago at the Athens Olympics. Not a single gymnast from that
      team — headlined by Paul and Morgan Hamm and Blaine Wilson — is on
      the 2006 squad.

      Team coordinator Ron Brant conceded it would be a surprise for the
      Americans to be back in the gym Tuesday for team finals.

      Eight teams qualify, and the United States had already fallen to
      sixth with seven of nine subdivisions yet to go. As expected, China
      led with 370.450 points, followed by Japan with 367.750. Those two
      will likely vie for the gold.

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      http://www.usa-gymnastics.org/athletes/bios/t/ktan.html
      Hometown: Fremont, Calif.
      Residence: Fremont, Calif.
      Birth Date/Place: Sept. 24, 1981/Fremont, Calif.
      Club: Top Flight Gymnastics
      Coach: Greg Corsiglia
      School: Mission San Jose High School
      Year in School: Senior (Fall '99)
      Began Gymnastics: 1987
      Favorite Event: Parallel Bars
      Hobbies: Golf
      Years on Jr. National Team: 2 (1996-97, 1999-00)
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