Hamm Testifies Before Congress

Gold medalist Paul Hamm testifies Thursday in Washington at a congressional hearing on the U.S. Olympic Committee.

A House Judiciary subcommittee is reviewing the performance of the USOC.

The Waukesha gymnast and his local congressman, Judiciary
Committee chairman Jim Sensenbrenner, have complained about how the USOC handled Hamm's medal controversy last summer.

The USOC is a congressionally-chartered organization.

Hamm won the gold medal last August, rallying from 12th place with only two events left to become the first American man to finish first in the Olympic all-around.

But the International Gymnastics Federation asked Hamm to give up his gold medal because South Korea's Yang Tae-young was wrongly docked a tenth of a point on his parallel bars routine.

The USOC came to Hamm's defense, but it was a couple of days after the controversy began.

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