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Golden Dreams - the story of Paul Hamm, American Olympian



Golden Dreams - the story of Paul Hamm, American Olympian
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     challenging words:    Nail-biting, all-around, rails, failure, vaulted, refused, flaw, gymnastic, gymnastics, pommel, prove, goal, snuff, champion, dreams, gymnast
     content words:    Paul Hamm, Summer Olympic Games, Says Paul, Sandy Hamm, Olympic Games, World Championships, From Paul Hamm


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Golden Dreams - the story of Paul Hamm, American Olympian
By Brenda B. Covert
  

1     In August 2004, Paul Hamm [pronounced HAHM] went to Athens, Greece. He was looking for gold, and he found it at the Summer Olympic Games.
 
2     Paul is an American gymnast. He and his twin brother, Morgan, were members of the men's gymnastic team that went to the 2000 Olympics. They were 17 years old then. In 2004, they were 21--the youngest men on the U.S. gymnastic team. With the team, they won a silver medal in the team finals. It was not gold, but it was a good beginning for the boys from Wisconsin who used to train in a barn.
 
3     Paul got into gymnastics at age seven. His parents hoped a gymnastics class would help burn off some of the energy that sent him and his brother climbing in the rafters of their barn. In class, Paul was a quick learner. The teacher would show him a skill, and Paul would master it quickly. Says Paul, "Gymnastics became a part of me. Some kids throw themselves into comic books; for us it was gymnastics."

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