Guard Young Olympic Central

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
AUGUST 10, 2004

YOUNG AND U.S. WIN SILVER MEDAL Twenty years later, the boys are back on the medal stand. The American men's gymnastics program, long overlooked and often unappreciated, won Olympic silver Monday, capping a four-year rebuilding project to take home a medal for the first time since the boycotted 1984 Games.   OU assistant coach Guard Young saw action on three events, posting an impressive 9.700 on the floor exercise.

Throughout the Olympics, Soonersports will provide Q&A sessions and photo galleries from coach Mark Williams and Young.  Listed below are some facts about Young and his gymnastics' career.  In addition, various links providing information on previews, venues, competition and television schedules are listed below.

U.S. Team Seeks First Team Medal Since 1984
On Monday, August 16, the U.S. men's gymnastics team will be fighting for their first team gold medal in the history of the Olympics.  The men finished the prelims with the second highest team total.  Oklahoma assistant coach Guard Young is penciled in on three events for Monday's finals. 

U.S. Shine In Preliminaries
Another showing like this, and the U.S. men's gymnastics team is going to have some bright, shiny souvenirs to take home from the Olympics.Oklahoma assistant coach Guard Young peformed well in his first Olympics.  Young started things off for the U.S. Team with a 9.637 on parallel bars. 

Olympic Q&A Sessions | Photo Galleries
Fans can get an inside look at what is going on in Athens, Greece, with Q&A's and photo galleries from U.S. Olympian Guard Young and OU head coach Mark Williams.   In the latest Q&A session, Young talks about his performance in the prelims and about Monday's team finals.

From Underdog To Olympian
He was 12 years old, the son of an Olympic gymnast and he couldn't do the splits.  It was an inauspicious start for Guard Young.  And now, at 27, Young can now do the splits with ease. Click the link above for the full story and an Olympic Preview on the U.S. Team.

Guard Young Video/Audio on the O-Zone
O-Zone members can get an inside glimpse with audio from Young and coach Williams before and after the competition where the U.S. won the silver medal.  View Young's floor performance during the team finals and watch the team's interview on NBC's Today Show. 

Additional Links:
>> Live Results
>> Athens Official Site
>> USAG Olympic Home
>> Inside Gymnastics

 Young Facts

  • Young is competing in his first Olympics, he last tried to make the team in 2000 where he fell just short of  making the squad that competed in Sydney, Australia.
  • The last time a male gymnast represented OU at the Olympic Games was in 1984 when Bart Conner won two gold medals at the games held in Los Angeles, Calif. 
  • Young is a member of three World Championship teams (2001-2003).
  • All-American gymnast at BYU where he won two NCAA Championships on the vault (1999 and 2000).  He also   took second in the NCAA all-around in 2000.
  • Young will enter his fifth season in 2005 as OU’s assistant coach.  The Sooners have won two national    championships and finished as the nation’s runners-up in his tenure.
  • Young made this year’s Olympic team despite missing the U.S. Championships due to a sore Achilles’ tendon.  He then had to petition to the Olympic Selection Committee to in order to be able to compete at the U.S. Olympic Trials.  At the trials, he was solid and finished sixth with an all-around score of 56.350.  However, after the trials were complete the Olympic Selection Committee still had two spots left to fill on the six man roster.  So Young along with six others were invited to a training camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. to determine the final two spots. At the camp, Young put together two impressive performances in meets held for the gymnasts to impress the judges and help their cause of becoming an Olympian.  On July 15,  Young's name was the first announced to take the fifth spot on the team and the path was set for the assistant coach to travel to Athens to compete in his first Olympics. 
  • Young’s father, Wayne, was a gymnast on the 1976 U.S. Olympic Team where he was the team captain.  The elder Young was Guard’s first coach at age 10.  Guard also has six siblings (five sisters, one brother) who have also competed at one point or another in the sport.
  • Young, 27, was married in 1999 to Alisha Tolman and the couple lives in Norman with their one-year-old son,  Tyler Mark Young, who was named after OU head coach Mark Williams.  Williams has been Guard’s coach since age 12 and will be training Young over in Athens as well. 


2004 Summer Olympics Information 
Olympic's Home

Torch Relay
The Olympic flame returned to Greece on July 9, after an international journey on all five continents, through 26 countries and 34 cities. The flame will arrive at the Athens Olympic Stadium on August 13.
Opening Ceremonies
On August 13, 2004, the world's eyes will be on the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony of the 2004 Olympic Games. Some four billion people will be watching the planet's premier sport event.
Gymnastics' Schedule
The action begins on August 14 for the men with the qualifying rounds inside Olympic Indoor Hall.  The team final will be held on August 16 followed by the medal ceremony.  Click here for the television schedule.
U.S. Gymnastics Roster  |  Bios

Jason Gatson          Brett McClure
Paul Hamm  Morgan Hamm
Blaine Wilson Guard Young
Venue (Olympic Indoor Hall)
The elegant sport of Gymnastics (Artistic & Trampoline) and the fast paced Basketball games (finals) will take place in the Olympic Indoor Hall, at the Athens Olympic Sports Complex, located at Maroussi, a northern Athens suburb.
Guide To Gymnastics
Gymnastics is one of the oldest Olympic sports. It has always been a part of the ancient, as well as the modern Olympic Games.  Grace, rhythm, skill and dynamic movement are only some of the characteristics of Gymnastics...




Sooner Sports Properties, LLC, is the multimedia rights holder for athletics at the University of Oklahoma.
Sooner Sports Properties is a joint venture of Learfield Communications and Tyler Media, LLC.


Sooner Sports Powered by FOX Sports is a multi-platform network that provides distribution of 1,000+ hours of Sooner sports programming annually on a variety of FOX Sports outlets, including FOX Sports Oklahoma, FOX Sports Southwest, and FOX College Sports.