I'm currently watching the podium workout for the American men on my computer. And here's the skinny: Paul Hamm, the 2004 Olympic All-Around Champion withdrew on 28 July 08 due to his broken right hand injury occurred on the first day of the American National Championships in Houston, TX. The alternate that the U.S. Olympic committee picked out of three is Raj Bhavsar, he was an alternate for the 2004 team in Athens, and a real poor sport about it then, and a real poor sport about not being named to the team this year.
I dislike his gymnastics because he is technically very sloppy. He doesn't understand that pointed toes and straight legs count for a huge amount in the sport. Yeah, he can do some of the most difficult skills, but the deductions that can/are taken off for those infractions add up. He's the worst choice in my naive opinion. And watching him RIGHT NOW, he's a deer in the headlights. Olympian gymnasts are not screwing around, a Gold Medal is mecca in this sport. In my opinion. there's no way he's going to help the American team, let alone qualify in optionals-they should've picked David Durante.
I really hope to be proven wrong, but the guy is a mess on the international level. My favorites right now are Justin Spring and Joey Haggerty-if allowed they could each walk away with the Gold Individual medal. Kevin Tan is also capable of winning some gold.
I know that they're all injured and fighting through the pain, but I believe the men have a team to be contended with against the Europeans.