Hamm struggles in first meet in 4 years



LAS VEGAS (AP) — Olympic champion Paul Hamm struggled in his return to competitive gymnastics, making major mistakes on three of the four events he tried at the Winter Cup Challenge on Thursday, his first meet since 2008.

The 2004 gold medalist scored 15.4 on vault. But he didn’t break 13.9 anywhere else, and it showed how far he has to go if he’s going to make the Olympic team.

It wasn’t all that unexpected. The 2004 all-around gold medalist is coming off a major shoulder injury. Although he’s been training for this meet for the past eight months, there’s a difference between practice and a real meet.

He’ll have to wait for late action to wrap up to see if he finishes among the top 42 who advance to Saturday’s finals.