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U.S. Picks Men's Olympic Team
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The U.S. announced the men's Olympic team Sunday in Philadelphia.

In addition to Paul Hamm and Jonathan Horton, the team will consist of Kevin Tan, Morgan Hamm, Justin Spring and Joseph Hagerty.

Team alternates are Sasha Artemev, Raj Bhavsar and David Durante.

Paul Hamm, the reigning Olympic champion, and Horton were named to the team Saturday following the conclusion of the men's competition at the Olympic Trials in Philadelphia. Hamm, who suffered a broken hand at the U.S. Championships in May in Houston, must confirm his readiness at a camp in late July.

Horton, who won the trials process (40 percent nationals plus 60 percent Trials), earned an berth by meeting the selection criteria that guaranteed an Olympic spot to the top two finishers providing they were in the top three on three events.

The men's selection committee decided the remainder of the team, which leaves the past four U.S. national all-around champions out of the lineup.

2008 national champion David Sender, who suffered a slight ankle sprain Tuesday in podium training, had petitioned directly to the Olympic team but was overlooked by the selection committee.

2005 national champion Todd Thornton did not advance to the Olympic Trials. Artemev won in 2006 and Durante won in 2007.

"I guess I didn't show them what I have, and we'll see what happens in my gymnastics career," said Artemev, whose bronze medal on pommel horse in 2006 was the only world medal for the U.S. men in the last quadrennium. "I didn't practice my whole lifetime to be alternate, so I'm not pleased."

Bhavsar will serve as an alternate for the second time, after being controversially overlooked for the 2004 team.

"I wasn't truly surprised when I was named the alternate, but there's a lot of disappointment with the three alternates, even the guys who didn't make the nine-member squad," Bhavsar said.

The women's competition concludes Sunday in Philadelphia, beginning at 6 p.m. local time. IG will provide live commentary.

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