MILWAUKEE – Two-time World Championships Team member Guard Young of Team Chevron-Oklahoma leads the list of six men’s gymnasts on their way to Santo Domingo in August after being named to the 2003 Pan American Games Team on Monday following the U.S. Gymnastics Championships.
Joining Young on the team are David Durante (Team Gattaca-Palo Alto), Dan Gill (Stanford), Clay Strother (Minnesota), and two junior athletes – David Sender (Buffalo) and Jonathan Horton (Cypress). Sho Nakamori and Taqiy Abdullah were named the first and second alternate. The team will be coached by head coach Tom Glielmi of Stanford and assistant coach Tom Meadows of Cypress.
"The depth of our men’s program right now allows us the flexibility to field two very strong teams this summer for the Pan American Games and World Championships," said USA Gymnastics President Bob Colarossi. "Our Pan American Games team represents a core of guys we’re looking forward to carrying us through the next quadrennium."
The 2003 Pan American Games are Aug. 1-17 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The U.S. men won the team silver medal in 1999, with Cuba taking the gold and Canada the bronze.
Young earned his berth by finishing seventh in the All-Around Finals of the U.S. Championships, making him the highest ranked All-Around athlete who was not committed to the World Championships team. The Men’s Program Committee determined the remaining five members from among the Senior and Junior National Team pool. All appointments are pending USOC approval.
Additionally, the Men’s Program Committee named 14 men to the U.S. National Team for the remainder of 2003. The top eight from the U.S. Championships automatically qualify. Added to the team were Durante, Steve McCain, Gill, Jason Furr, Strother, and Sean Townsend.
2003 Pan American Games Team
Guard Young, 26, Oklahoma City/Chevron-Oklahoma; David Durante, 22, Garwood, N.J./Team Gattaca-Palo Alto; Dan Gill, 20, Fairfax, Va./Stanford; Clay Strother, 22, Jasper, Texas/Minnesota; David Sender, 17, Chicago/Buffalo Grove Gymnastics; Jonathan Horton, 17, Houston/Cypress Academy; first alternate Sho Nakamori, 17, Albany, Calif./USOTC; second alternate Taqiy Abdullah, 17, Philadelphia/Team Gattaca-HGA.
2003 USA Gymnastics Men’s National Team
Paul Hamm, 20, Waukesha, Wis./Chevron-Swiss Turners; Jason Gatson, 22, Upland, Calif./Chevron-USOTC; Blaine Wilson, 28, Columbus, Ohio/Chevron-Ohio State; Morgan Hamm, 20, Waukesha, Wis./Chevron-Swiss Turners; Brett McClure, 22, Mill Creek, Wash./Chevron-USOTC; Raj Bhavsar, 22, Houston, Texas/Ohio State; Guard Young, 26, Oklahoma City/Chevron-Oklahoma; Alexander Artemev, 17, Lakewood, Colo./Team Gattaca; David Durante, 22, Garwood, N.J./Team Gattaca-Palo Alto; Steve McCain, 29, Houston/Team Gattaca; Dan Gill, 20, Fairfax, Va./Stanford; Jason Furr, 23, Woodbridge, Va./Team Chevron-HGA; Clay Strother, 22, Jasper, Texas/Minnesota; Sean Townsend, 24, Dallas/Team Gattaca.