Paul Hamm became the first US gymnast to win a Gold Medal in the all around competition at the 2004 Summer Games.
Paul made history by winning the United States first-ever men’s World All-Around title in 2003. He also shared floor exercise gold, and team silver, helping the United States to its highest medal total (7) and gold medals (5) since 1979. For his efforts, Paul was nominated for the AAU Sullivan Award and the USOC SportsMan of the Year Award. Paul won the 2002 Senior Pacific All-Around Championships and helped 2001 World Championships Team to an unprecedented silver medal. He also finished seventh in the World Championships all-around, the best men’s all-around finish for the United States.
He is the son of Sandy and Cecily, and has a twin brother, Morgan, who was also on the 2000 Olympic Team and is a member the U.S. Senior National Team. The brothers made history as they became the first twins ever to compete the same Olympic Games gymnastics competition. Older sister Betsy (23) recently finished her collegiate gymnastics career at Iowa State University. Their father was an All-American diver. Paul is currently taking classes at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and is interested in pursuing a career in physical therapy. He enjoys playing tennis in his spare time. Hamm says his role model is Vitaly Sherbo.
Since the Olympics, the twins have been making varoius appearences and participating in the Rock 'n' Roll gymnastics tour, although now they are back at Ohio State where the continue to train for the upcoming 2005 Season.