Behind the Team looks at U.S. Men's Program and its comeback in 2007
posted on 07/17/2007
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., July 18, 2007 — “USA Gymnastics:  Behind the Team” gives fans an inside look at men’s gymnastics in the USA. Fans not only see the gymnasts training, but also hear from gymnasts and coaches on what it will take for the USA to get back on top in 2007.  The newest episode of the online series also examines the three paths male gymnasts take to compete at the highest level and to reach their ultimate goal, the Olympic Games.  “Behind the Team” is available only on the AT&T blue room Team USA site (
The men’s program is rebuilding its team after its success at the 2004 Olympic Games, where it won the team silver medal. Both gymnasts and coaches talk about the USA’s disappointing 13th-place finish at the 2006 World Championships and how it has become a motivating factor as they prepare for the 2007 World Championships and qualifying for the 2008 Olympic Games.
Capitalizing on the strengths of the available avenues, the men’s program has evolved into a partnership of club programs, collegiate gymnastics programs and a full-time training program at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.  From 2001-2004, the U.S. Men's Team was among the most consistent in the world, with team medal performances at the 2001 and 2003 World Championships and the 2004 Olympic Games.
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