The United States was second in qualifying among the eight teams that will compete for the gold medal. But the qualifying scores do not carry over, so everyone will start from scratch. Japan was just 1.715 points ahead of the Americans, who were followed by Romania and China, but the Chinese may have saved some of their best routines for tonight. Under a scoring system implemented for this Olympic cycle, three men will compete on each apparatus and all three scores will count.


Floor: Guard Young, Morgan Hamm, Paul Hamm.

Pommel Horse: Brett McClure, Morgan Hamm, Paul Hamm.

Still Rings: Young, Jason Gatson, Blaine Wilson.

Vault: Young, Morgan Hamm, Paul Hamm.

Parallel Bars: Wilson, Paul Hamm, Gatson.

High Bar: McClure, Morgan Hamm, Paul Hamm.


WRC-4, WBAL-11: 8 p.m.-midnight (tape delay).


Paul Hamm will close out the competition on his best event: the high bar. His routine includes his signature -- three straight blind-release moves. Last year at the world championships, Hamm closed the all-around meet with an error-free high bar set to edge China's Yang Wei and become the first American man to win the title.