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Hamms Launch Comeback
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Following a two-year competitive layoff, twins and two-time Olympians Paul and Morgan Hamm on Wednesday officially announced they will return to competition.
Paul Hamm

The Hamms launched a new Web site, makingtheolympics.com, with a video of their announcement.

"There are 546 days until the next Olympics," says Paul, the 2003 world and 2004 Olympic champion. "Morgan and I have decided to make a comeback and every day counts."

The Hamms train with three-time Olympian Blaine Wilson at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, with coach Miles Avery.

Avery told IG in January that both Hamms and Wilson are training all six events.

"They all will do the all around," Avery said. "Now which competitions happen before the 2008 Olympics will be determined with how training goes. As we are getting ready we will evaluate and decide what competitions to enter."

Wilson, 32, announced his comeback last fall and will compete at the U.S. Winter Cup, which begins Thursday in Las Vegas.

"Blaine wants to get out there and start competing as soon as he can," Avery said. "That's just Blaine, though. He has one gear and that is all out, all the time."

Both Hamms and Wilson were a member of the silver-medal-winning U.S. teams at the 2003 World Championships in Anaheim and at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

Paul Hamm's Olympic all-around gold was soured by controversy after the competition, when it was revealed that the judges awarded Korean Yang Tae Young the wrong start value on one of his routines in the all-around final. The judges on parallel bars evaluated his routine out of a 9.9 instead of a 10.0, but arbitrators later ruled that it was too late to change the results.

Both Hamms are pursuing degrees at Ohio State, Morgan in exercise science and Paul in accounting. They announced plans to continue to add new video online chronicling their comeback.

"Morgan and Paul are more concerned with the preparation that goes into getting them back to being the best in the world," Avery said. "They all still have new skills that they must perfect before they are where they want to be. I am concerned with it all. I will be careful with them knowing what is at stake and what our goal is."

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