Jon Horton looks at Paul Hamm and what he sees goes well beyond the men’s gymnastics all-around gold medal that Hamm won at the 2004 Athens Summer Games.
He sees a mental toughness that’s best described simply: stone cold.
After four of the six rotations at those Games, the fourth producing what seemed like a disastrous fall in the vault, Hamm stood 12th in the all-around standings. After five he moved up to fourth. With his sixth, the high bar, he moved into first.
After that fourth rotation, it would have been easy to give up. No way. Not Paul Hamm.
The world gymnastics championships get underway Saturday in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Paul Hamm is coming back to competitive gymnastics but — not yet. It’s Jon Horton’s time now. He’s the leader of this 2010 U.S. team.
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