© John Cheng

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., July 22, 2008 – Miles Avery, the head coach for Ohio State University and personal coach for Paul and Morgan Hamm, was selected as the assistant coach for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team for men’s gymnastics. Kevin Tan of Fremont, Calif., who competes for Team Chevron and trains at Pennsylvania State University, was chosen by his teammates as the team captain. The selections were made at the conclusion of the men’s team’s recent preparation camp in Colorado Springs, Colo.

For Avery, this is his fourth-consecutive Olympics serving on the coaching staff. Avery will be working with Kevin Mazeika of Houston, who is the head coach. Avery first served as an assistant coach at the 1996 Summer Games.

In addition to Tan, the members of the 2008 Olympic squad are: Joey Hagerty of Rio Rancho, N.M.; Morgan Hamm of Waukesha, Wis.; Paul Hamm of Waukesha, Wis.; Jonathan Horton of Houston; and Justin Spring of Burke, Va. The replacement athletes are Alexander Artemev of Morrison, Colo.; Raj Bhavsar of Houston; and David Durante of Garwood, N.J. All are members of Team Chevron.

Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. Its mission is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in the sport. Its disciplines include men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, and acrobatic gymnastics.