Hamm wins all-around at '08 Winter Cup Challenge
posted on 02/10/2008

Paul Hamm
© Max Morse

LAS VEGAS, Nev., Feb 9, 2008 — Defending Olympic all-around champion Paul Hamm of Waukesha, Wis., won the all-around at the Winter Cup Challenge at the Las Vegas Sports Center in Las Vegas, Nev. This is the first time Hamm has competed in a full all-around event since the 2004 Olympics.

“With this being my first competition, I didn’t know exactly what to expect,” said Hamm, who took time off after the 2004 Olympic Games to complete his education. “I was happy that my training held together. It’s a grueling two days of all-around competition. I had a very good day, even with a couple of errors. There is always room for improvement.”

Hamm posted a two-day total score of 185.850 points, followed by Raj Bhavsar of Houston in second and Alexander Artemev of Morrison Colo. in third with scores of 178.600 and 178.100, respectively.

In addition to the all-around, individual event titles were also awarded: Hamm, floor and parallel bars; Kevin Tan of Fremont, Calif., still rings; Artemev, pommel horse; Bhavsar, vault; and Joseph Hagerty of Rio Rancho, N.M., horizontal bar.

Hamm, Bhavsar, Hagerty and Sean Townsend of Dickinson, Texas, were named to the senior national team. Three additional gymnasts will be named later to the team by the Men’s Program Committee. The seven members of the 2007 World Championship Team automatically retained their national team status: Guillermo Alvarez of Denver; Artemev; David Durante of Garwood, N.J.; Sean Golden of Camden, N.J.; Jonathan Horton of Houston; Sho Nakamori of Albany, Calif.; and Tan.

2008 Winter Cup Challenge
Las Vegas Sports Center
Las Vegas, Nev.
Feb. 9, 2008
(second of two days of competition; scores are two-day totals)

Final results

All-Around
1. Paul Hamm, Waukesha, Wis., 185.850
2. Raj Bhavsar, Houston, Texas, 178.600
3. Alexander Artemev, Morrison, Colo., 178.100
4. David Durante, Garwood, N.J., 177.200
5. Joseph Hagerty, Rio Rancho, N.M., 176.450
6. David Sender, Arlington Heights, Ill., 175.200
7. Sean Townsend, Dickinson, Texas, 174.250
8. Luis Rivera, Puerto Rico, 171.250
8. Paul Ruggeri III, Manlius, N.Y., 171.100
9. Guillermo Alvarez, Denver, Colo., 170.550
10. Danell Leyva, Miami, Fla., 168.750
11. Wesley Haagensen, Belleville, Ill., 167.850
12. Bryant Hadden, Wichita, Kan., 167.700
13. Jake Bateman, Kingsport, Tenn., 166.850
14. Ryan Lieberman, Lake Forest, Ill., 165.900
15. Alexy Bilozertchev, Hilliard, Ohio, 165.050
16. Tyler Mizoguchi, Houston, Texas, 164.750
17. Derek Helsby, Orlando, Fla., 164.350
18. Thomas Kelley, Libertyville, Ill., 163.800
19. Josh Dixon, San Jose, Calif., 163.750
20. Tim Gentry, Plano, Texas, 163.700
21. Luis Vargas, Puerto Rico, 163.050
21. Alexander Rodriguez, Puerto Rico, 162.950
21. Sho Nakamori, Albany, Calif., 156.400
22. Rafael Morales, Puerto Rico, 156.000
22. Steven Legendre, Flower Mound, Texas, 155.000
24. Kyle Bunthuwong, El Cerrito, Calif., 137.500
25. Geoff Corrigan, Colorado Springs, Colo., 137.300

Floor exercise
1. Paul Hamm, Waukesha, Wis., 31.950
2. David Sender, Arlington Heights, Ill., 30.950
3. Steven Legendre, Flower Mound, Texas, 30.750
4. Paul Ruggeri III, Manlius, N.Y., 29.900
5. Joseph Hagerty, Rio Rancho, N.M., 29.850
6. Josh Dixon, San Jose, Calif., 29.650
7. Alexy Bilozertchev, Hilliard, Ohio, 29.350
8. Sean Townsend, Dickinson, Texas, 29.150
9. Blaine Wilson, Worthington, Ohio, 29.000
9. R.J. Heflin, Storeham, Mass., 29.000
11. Yewki Tomita, Tucson, Ariz., 28.900
12. David Durante, Garwood, N.J., 28.800
13. Guillermo Alvarez, Denver, Colo., 28.700
13. Dylan Carney, Dartmouth, Mass., 28.700
15. Alexander Rodriguez, Puerto Rico, 28.650
15. Kyle Bunthuwong, El Cerrito, Calif., 28.600
16. Luis Rivera, Puerto Rico, 28.450
16. Alexander Artemev, Morrison, Colo., 28.350
17. Rafael Morales, Puerto Rico, 27.800
17. Raj Bhavsar, Houston, Texas, 27.750
18. Tyler Mizoguchi, Houston, Texas, 27.700
19. Bryant Hadden, Wichita, Kan., 27.400
20. Derek Helsby, Orlando, Fla., 27.350
21. Ralph Rosso, Morganville, N.J., 27.300
22. Wesley Haagensen, Belleville, Ill., 27.250
22. Evan Roth, North Woodmere, N.Y., 27.250
24. Ryan Lieberman, Lake Forest, Ill., 27.200
25. Jake Bateman, Kingsport, Tenn., 27.150
26. Viorel Popescu, Glen Allen, Va., 27.000
27. Tim Gentry, Plano, Texas, 26.700
28. Danell Leyva, Miami, Fla., 26.650
29. Thomas Kelley, Libertyville, Ill., 26.450
30. Luis Vargas, Puerto Rico, 25.200
30. Sho Nakamori, Albany, Calif., 14.900
31. Ian Jackson, Harrisburg, Pa., 14.050
32. Geoff Corrigan, Colorado Springs, Colo., 11.400

Pommel horse
1. Alexander Artemev, Morrison, Colo., 29.650
2. Paul Hamm, Waukesha, Wis., 29.550
3. Tim McNeill, Falls Church, Va., 29.400
4. Raj Bhavsar, Houston, Texas, 28.900
5. R.J. Heflin, Storeham, Mass., 28.750
5. Yewki Tomita, Tucson, Ariz., 28.750
7. Guillermo Alvarez, Denver, Colo., 28.450
8. Kyson Bunthuwong, El Cerrito, Calif., 28.250
9. Luis Rivera, Puerto Rico, 28.200
9. Sho Nakamori, Albany, Calif., 28.150
10. Derek Helsby, Orlando, Fla., 28.100
10. David Durante, Garwood, N.J., 28.100
12. Colin Christ, Charlotte, N.C., 27.500
13. Jacob Messina, Matthews, N.C., 27.400
13. Bryant Hadden, Wichita, Kan., 27.400
15. Timothy Schmidt, Blair, Neb., 27.250
16. Tyler Mizoguchi, Houston, Texas, 27.100
17. Danell Leyva, Miami, Fla., 27.050
18. Kevin Tan, Fremont, Calif., 26.750
19. Kyle Bunthuwong, El Cerrito, Calif., 26.650
20. David Sender, Arlington Heights, Ill., 26.600
20. Joseph Hagerty, Rio Rancho, N.M., 26.600
22. Alexy Bilozertchev, Hilliard, Ohio, 26.400
23. Luis Vargas, Puerto Rico, 26.050
23. Wesley Haagensen, Belleville, Ill., 26.050
23. Sean Townsend, Dickinson, Texas, 26.050
25. Paul Ruggeri III, Manlius, N.Y., 25.900
26. Thomas Kelley, Libertyville, Ill., 25.800
27. Rafael Morales, Puerto Rico, 25.700
27. Ralph Rosso, Morganville, N.J., 25.550
28. Jonathan Horton, Houston, Texas, 25.350
29. Jake Bateman, Kingsport, Tenn., 25.250
30. Ryan Lieberman, Lake Forest, Ill., 24.950
31. Alexander Rodriguez, Puerto Rico, 24.850
31. Geoff Corrigan, Colorado Springs, Colo., 24.600
32. Ian Jackson, Harrisburg, Pa., 24.200
33. Josh Dixon, San Jose, Calif., 24.000
34. Steven Legendre, Flower Mound, Texas, 23.900
35. Tim Gentry, Plano, Texas, 23.350
36. Tyler Yamauchi, Sugarland, Texas, 22.200

Still rings
1. Kevin Tan, Fremont, Calif., 32.450
2. Raj Bhavsar, Houston, Texas, 31.500
3. Jonathan Horton, Houston, Texas, 31.150
4. Paul Hamm, Waukesha, Wis., 30.950
5. David Durante, Garwood, N.J., 30.450
5. Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons, Philadelphia, Pa., 30.450
7. Blaine Wilson, Worthington, Ohio, 30.250
8. Tim Gentry, Plano, Texas, 29.950
9. Tyler Yamauchi, Sugarland, Texas, 29.700
10. Guillermo Alvarez, Denver, Colo., 29.650
11. Jacob Messina, Matthews, N.C., 29.450
11. David Sender, Arlington Heights, Ill., 29.450
13. Evan Roth, North Woodmere, N.Y., 29.350
14. Jake Bateman, Kingsport, Tenn., 29.250
15. Sho Nakamori, Albany, Calif., 29.100
15. Alexander Artemev, Morrison, Colo., 29.100
17. Wesley Haagensen, Belleville, Ill., 28.650
18. Bryant Hadden, Wichita, Kan., 28.550
19. Thomas Kelley, Libertyville, Ill., 28.450
20. Kyson Bunthuwong, El Cerrito, Calif., 28.400
21. Tyler Block, Kensington, Calif., 28.100
22. Luis Rivera, Puerto Rico, 28.050
22. Timothy Schmidt, Blair, Neb., 27.950
23. Sean Townsend, Dickinson, Texas, 27.800
24. Geoff Corrigan, Colorado Springs, Colo., 27.700
24. Colin Christ, Charlotte, N.C., 27.700
26. Danell Leyva, Miami, Fla., 27.650
27. Ryan Lieberman, Lake Forest, Ill., 27.600
28. Paul Ruggeri III, Manlius, N.Y., 27.500
29. Ian Jackson, Harrisburg, Pa., 27.450
30. Derek Helsby, Orlando, Fla., 27.300
31. Tyler Mizoguchi, Houston, Texas, 27.200
31. Ralph Rosso, Morganville, N.J., 27.200
31. Joseph Hagerty, Rio Rancho, N.M., 27.200
34. Alexy Bilozertchev, Hilliard, Ohio, 26.950
35. Luis Vargas, Puerto Rico, 26.900
35. Alexander Rodriguez, Puerto Rico, 25.600
35. Josh Dixon, San Jose, Calif., 25.400
36. Rafael Morales, Puerto Rico, 24.900
36. Steven Legendre, Flower Mound, Texas, 13.700
37. Kyle Bunthuwong, El Cerrito, Calif., 12.600

Vault
1. Raj Bhavsar, Houston, Texas, 32.300
2. Sean Townsend, Dickinson, Texas, 31.900
3. Viorel Popescu, Glen Allen, Va., 31.850
4. Blaine Wilson, Worthington, Ohio, 31.750
4. Guillermo Alvarez, Denver, Colo., 31.750
6. David Sender, Arlington Heights, Ill., 31.650
7. Joseph Hagerty, Rio Rancho, N.M., 31.600
8. Luis Rivera, Puerto Rico, 31.500
8. Paul Ruggeri III, Manlius, N.Y., 31.500
8. Paul Hamm, Waukesha, Wis., 31.500
10. David Durante, Garwood, N.J., 31.450
10. Josh Dixon, San Jose, Calif., 31.450
12. Alexander Artemev, Morrison, Colo., 31.350
13. Steven Legendre, Flower Mound, Texas, 31.300
14. Alexander Rodriguez, Puerto Rico, 30.800
14. Danell Leyva, Miami, Fla., 30.550
15. Jake Bateman, Kingsport, Tenn., 30.500
16. Yewki Tomita, Tucson, Ariz., 30.300
17. Thomas Kelley, Libertyville, Ill., 30.250
17. Luis Vargas, Puerto Rico, 30.250
18. Wesley Haagensen, Belleville, Ill., 30.200
19. Ryan Lieberman, Lake Forest, Ill., 30.150
20. Geoff Corrigan, Colorado Springs, Colo., 29.950
21. Rafael Morales, Puerto Rico, 29.850
21. Tim Gentry, Plano, Texas, 29.850
22. Dylan Carney, Dartmouth, Mass., 29.700
23. Tyler Mizoguchi, Houston, Texas, 29.600
24. Derek Helsby, Orlando, Fla., 29.350
25. Ralph Rosso, Morganville, N.J., 29.100
26. Alexy Bilozertchev, Hilliard, Ohio, 28.800
27. Bryant Hadden, Wichita, Kan., 28.650
28. Sho Nakamori, Albany, Calif., 28.000
29. Evan Roth, North Woodmere, N.Y., 15.700
30. Kyle Bunthuwong, El Cerrito, Calif., 15.550
31. Ian Jackson, Harrisburg, Pa., 15.400

Parallel bars
1. Paul Hamm, Waukesha, Wis., 31.100
2. Sean Townsend, Dickinson, Texas, 30.950
3. Raj Bhavsar, Houston, Texas, 30.600
4. Alexander Artemev, Morrison, Colo., 30.300
5. Joseph Hagerty, Rio Rancho, N.M., 30.200
5. Kevin Tan, Fremont, Calif., 30.200
7. Jonathan Horton, Houston, Texas, 30.150
8. David Durante, Garwood, N.J., 29.550
8. Ryan Lieberman, Lake Forest, Ill., 29.550
10. Colin Christ, Charlotte, N.C., 29.350
11. Tim McNeill, Falls Church, Va., 29.150
12. David Sender, Arlington Heights, Ill., 29.100
12. Sho Nakamori, Albany, Calif., 29.100
14. Geoff Corrigan, Colorado Springs, Colo., 28.950
15. Bryant Hadden, Wichita, Kan., 28.900
15. Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons, Philadelphia, Pa., 28.900
17. Yewki Tomita, Tucson, Ariz., 28.800
18. Timothy Schmidt, Blair, Neb., 28.600
19. Danell Leyva, Miami, Fla., 28.450
20. Tyler Block, Kensington, Calif., 28.300
21. Alexy Bilozertchev, Hilliard, Ohio, 28.250
21. Luis Vargas, Puerto Rico, 28.250
22. Steven Legendre, Flower Mound, Texas, 28.150
22. Paul Ruggeri III, Manlius, N.Y., 28.150
24. Tyler Yamauchi, Sugarland, Texas, 28.000
25. R.J. Heflin, Storeham, Mass., 27.900
25. Wesley Haagensen, Belleville, Ill., 27.900
27. Tyler Mizoguchi, Houston, Texas, 27.550
28. Derek Helsby, Orlando, Fla., 27.450
29. Viorel Popescu, Glen Allen, Va., 27.400
29. Jake Bateman, Kingsport, Tenn., 27.400
31. Luis Rivera, Puerto Rico, 27.150
31. Kyle Bunthuwong, El Cerrito, Calif., 27.000
32. Tim Gentry, Plano, Texas, 26.950
33. Kyson Bunthuwong, El Cerrito, Calif., 26.750
34. Guillermo Alvarez, Denver, Colo., 26.700
35. Josh Dixon, San Jose, Calif., 26.650
36. Alexander Rodriguez, Puerto Rico, 25.250
36. Ralph Rosso, Morganville, N.J., 25.000
37. Thomas Kelley, Libertyville, Ill., 24.500
38. Rafael Morales, Puerto Rico, 22.800
38. Ian Jackson, Harrisburg, Pa., 12.550

Horizontal bar
1. Joseph Hagerty, Rio Rancho, N.M., 31.000
2. Paul Hamm, Waukesha, Wis., 30.800
3. Kevin Tan, Fremont, Calif., 29.500
4. Alexander Artemev, Morrison, Colo., 29.350
5. Kyson Bunthuwong, El Cerrito, Calif., 29.200
6. Blaine Wilson, Worthington, Ohio, 29.050
7. David Durante, Garwood, N.J., 28.850
8. Yewki Tomita, Tucson, Ariz., 28.550
9. Danell Leyva, Miami, Fla., 28.400
9. Sean Townsend, Dickinson, Texas, 28.400
11. Thomas Kelley, Libertyville, Ill., 28.350
12. Dylan Carney, Dartmouth, Mass., 28.250
13. Paul Ruggeri III, Manlius, N.Y., 28.150
14. Luis Rivera, Puerto Rico, 27.900
14. Jonathan Horton, Houston, Texas, 27.900
15. Wesley Haagensen, Belleville, Ill., 27.800
15. Alexander Rodriguez, Puerto Rico, 27.800
16. Raj Bhavsar, Houston, Texas, 27.550
17. David Sender, Arlington Heights, Ill., 27.450
18. Jacob Messina, Matthews, N.C., 27.400
19. Tyler Block, Kensington, Calif., 27.300
19. Jake Bateman, Kingsport, Tenn., 27.300
21. Steven Legendre, Flower Mound, Texas, 27.200
21. Viorel Popescu, Glen Allen, Va., 27.200
23. Sho Nakamori, Albany, Calif., 27.150
24. Kyle Bunthuwong, El Cerrito, Calif., 27.100
25. Tim Gentry, Plano, Texas, 26.900
26. Colin Christ, Charlotte, N.C., 26.800
26. Bryant Hadden, Wichita, Kan., 26.800
28. Josh Dixon, San Jose, Calif., 26.600
29. Ryan Lieberman, Lake Forest, Ill., 26.450
30. Luis Vargas, Puerto Rico, 26.400
30. Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons, Philadelphia, Pa., 26.150
31. Tyler Mizoguchi, Houston, Texas, 25.600
32. Guillermo Alvarez, Denver, Colo., 25.300
32. Alexy Bilozertchev, Hilliard, Ohio, 25.300
34. Rafael Morales, Puerto Rico, 24.950
34. Derek Helsby, Orlando, Fla., 24.800
35. Geoff Corrigan, Colorado Springs, Colo., 14.700
36. Ian Jackson, Harrisburg, Pa., 13.350
37. Tim McNeill, Falls Church, Va., 13.200