Tan, U.S. men capture Olympic bronze in team finals

August 12, 2008

Penn State assistant coach Kevin Tan and the U.S. men's gymnastics team captured the bronze medal in the team finals of the 2008 Olympics at the National Indoor Stadium in Beijing, China late Monday evening. Team USA totaled a score of 275.850.

"We pulled together," Tan said. "We had that support from everyone. We went out there and showed what we could do today. My day didn't go as well as I'd hoped, but I was focused, I stayed on and I fought as hard as I could. I believe I left it all out there, heart and soul."

The third-place finish is a major accomplishment for Tan and his teammates based on recent results and adversity they have faced. They greatly improved upon their showing in this past weekend's Olympic qualifier, moving up three spots from their sixth-place finish. Team USA also was forced to overcome the late withdrawal of Paul and Morgan Hamm, the only members of the U.S. squad with prior Olympic experience. The finish is an improvement from the team's fourth-place performance at the 2007 World Championships. Just two years ago, the U.S. placed a disappointing 13th at the World Championships without the Hamms in the lineup.

"The whole way through, we focused on one event at a time, one routine at a time," said Kevin Mazeika, head coach of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Men's Gymnastics Team. "It's just unbelievable considering everything we've been through. It's been a roller coaster ride. I couldn't be prouder of these guys, of all the coaches and this whole collective, collaborative effort."

Tan, who captained the U.S. squad, was joined by Alexander Artemev, Raj Bhavsar, Joey Hagerty, Jonathan Horton, and Justin Spring on the podium.

Host China dominated the competition, taking the gold medal with a score of 286.125, while Japan won silver (278.875).

Penn State is well-represented at the Olympics. See Penn State Live at http://live.psu.edu/story/33885

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