Morgan Hamm

2004 Olympic Men’s Gymnastics Silver Medalist
2004, 2000 Olympic Team Member


CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

- 2008 Named to U.S. Olympic Team for 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing (withdrew due to injury)
- 2008 U.S. Olympic team trials- 1st Place High Bar
- 2008 Visa U.S. National Championships- 1st Place Floor Exercise
- 2004 Olympic Team Member, Team Silver (Athens, Greece)
- 2004 Monster Box, World Co-Champion
- 2003 World Artistic Championship, Team Silver
- 2003 & 2002 Floor Exercise National Champion
- 2000 Olympic Team Member (Sydney, Australia)


BACKGROUND

Morgan Hamm is a two-time Olympic Gymnast and silver medalist. He helped anchor the 2004 Olympic Team to win the silver medal in the team competition in Athens, Greece. Morgan's contribution to this victory was vital as he performed on four of the six events and was the highest scorer for the team on vault and high bar. He also competed in floor and high bar finals, and only a tie-breaker kept him from taking bronze on the latter event. In 2003, Morgan’s performances solidified the U.S. Men’s Team Silver medal at the World Championships in Anaheim, CA, where he also took an individual Gold on floor exercise. Morgan is a three-time floor exercise National Champion (2008, 2003, and 2002).

In August 2007, Morgan and his brother Paul competed for the first time since the 2004 Olympics to begin their journey to compete in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Though Morgan was named to the 2008 US Olympic team, he was forced to withdraw prior to the Games due to injury.

Morgan is the son of Sandy and Cecily Hamm, and has a twin brother, Paul who was also on the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Teams. The brothers made history in 2000 as they became the first twins ever to compete in the same Olympic Games in gymnastics.

The twins’ older sister Betsy is a former USA Gymnastics National Team member and was the NCAA National Beam Champion in 1998 and a 7-time All American while competing for the University of Florida. Their father was an All-American springboard diver.

Morgan is 30 minutes older than Paul. Morgan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ohio State University in March 2007 with a B.S. in Education. He married his long-time girlfriend, Megan, in May 2009. In August 2010, Morgan began graduate school for a degree in Pharmacy.

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Morgan Hamm Wedding Held on May 23

5.26.09

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USA Gymnastics

BROOKFIELD, Wis., May 25, 2009 Two-time Olympian Morgan Hamm of Waukesha, Wis., and Megan C. Shemanske were married on Saturday, May 23, at the Sharon Lynn Wilson Center in Brookfield, Wis. Paul Hamm, 2004 Olympic all-around champion and Morgan’s twin, was the best man. (read more)

Gymnastics Powerhouses Unite After Beijing for The 2008 Tour Of Gymnastics Superstars

8.19.08

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Television Special And 36 City Tour To Bring The Country’s Greatest GymnastsTo Your Home Town For A Sports And Music Extravaganza That Pairs Spectacularly Choreographed Gymnastics Routines With Music From The Disney Music Group Including Live Performances By Hollywood Records Artist Jordan Pruitt And BuenaVista Records’ Artists KSM

New York, NY – Just back from China, the country’s most celebrated gymnasts including reigning World Champion Shawn Johnson, 9-time World Championship medalist Nastia Liukin, 2005 All-Around World Champion Chellsie Memmel, and Olympic medalist Morgan Hamm will join Paul Hamm, Shannon Miller, Blaine Wilson and the U.S. gymnastics team for The 2008 Tour of Gymnastics Superstars. A nationally televised special airing on MyNetwork TV on September 19th from 8:00-10:00pm (EST) will kick off the two month trek across the United States bringing world class gymnastics and music from Disney’s hottest young recording artists to an arena near you.

The 2008 Tour of Gymnastics Superstars will offer fans a unique opportunity to see some of their favorite gymnasts perform live in an extraordinary sports and music extravaganza. In addition to medal-worthy athletic routines the show will feature songs from the Walt Disney Records’ Disney Girlz Rock 2 CD and live performances from teen sensations Jordan Pruitt and KSM. Jordan’s new album, Permission to Fly features the single “One Love” and is currently available exclusively at Limited Too stores. KSM recorded the show’s theme song, “Hero in You,” a new pop/rock anthem written and produced by Matthew Gerrard and Robbie Nevil of “High School Musical” fame. KSM’s debut album is set for release in 2009. (read more)

Morgan Hamm confirmed U.S. Olympic Team

7.16.08

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Morgan Hamm is confirmed for 2008 U.S. Olympic Team for men’s gymnastics

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., July 16, 2008 – USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) today reaffirmed Morgan Hamm’s status as a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team for men’s gymnastics.  It has been determined that Hamm’s recent public warning by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) did not impact his qualification for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team. 

“After a review by both USA Gymnastics and the USOC, there is agreement that the public warning Hamm received did not impact his qualification for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics.  “USA Gymnastics evaluated the impact of the ruling against the selection criteria for both participation in the Olympic Trials and ultimately his selection to our men’s Olympic team.  After thorough analysis, the Men’s Selection Committee determined that USADA’s ruling did not affect either of those decisions.”

“Our review of the process undertaken by USA Gymnastics showed that the approved Olympic selection procedures for men’s gymnastics were followed, and we fully support the findings,” said Steve Roush, chief of sports performance for the U.S. Olympic Committee. “We appreciate USA Gymnastics’ efforts to respect and consider the interests of all of the athletes potentially impacted by this decision.” (read more)

Hamm brothers to team up for third Games

6.23.08

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REUTERS- By Larry Fine

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Olympic all-around gymnastics champion Paul Hamm was thrilled his twin brother, Morgan, was named in the U.S. men’s team for Beijing on Sunday, marking their third Olympics in a row as team mates.

Paul Hamm, despite recovering from a broken hand, was named to the six-man team on Saturday at the end of the Olympic trials. Morgan Hamm, struggling with strained tendons in his left ankle, was one of four gymnasts placed on the team Sunday.

“We’ve had a great career, done everything together,” the 25-year-old Olympic champion told reporters. “We made this comeback together and now we’re on the Olympic team. It feels so good.

“We don’t have to deal with that circumstance where one of us makes it and the other doesn’t. That would have been devastating.”

Paul Hamm petitioned U.S. selectors to be placed directly on team and he was, pending demonstration of his fitness next month.

The Hamm brothers embarked on comebacks last year with an eye toward following up their U.S. team silver medals from Athens at Beijing, and both have had to deal with injuries.

Morgan Hamm suffered a torn pectoral muscle late last year and is now competing with strained tendons in his left ankle.

Paul Hamm broke a bone in his right hand at the U.S. national championships earlier this year and cannot resume gymnastics for another week.

“The family journey has been incredible,” Paul Hamm said. “What Morgan and I have gone through, the comeback, the injuries and finally have this whole process pay off.

“We’re going to work our butts off.” (read more)

Hamm Twins Trying to Repeat Feats; Listerine, Right to Play

6.4.08

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KUSA TV, 9NEWS Anyone who watched the Summer 2004 Olympics remembers the gymnasts that looked and sounded exactly alike. Paul and Morgan Hamm joined Susie Wargin to talk Olympic trials and a new initiative they have joined.

The Hamm twins will be 26 in September and are looking to return to the Olympic Games in 2008 after they both won medals in Athens.

Paul is currently working through a broken hand injury and will miss the Olympic trails coming up, however, he’s rehabbing diligently and can petition to be on the team once he is ready to compete again.

The Hamm’s are also a part of another team: the Right to Play program. It’s an athlete-based, international humanitarian organization emphasizing sports to help the development of children in underprivileged areas of the world. The goal is to help children build life skills and foster peace for children and communities worldwide. (read more)