Oct. 8, 2001
NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma was well-represented at the Pan American Gymnastics Championships in Cancun, Mexico, over the weekend. OU's Mark Williams served as Team USA's head coach, while OU assistant coach Guard Young competed and finished fourth in the all-around. Cuba won the team championship with a total score of 163.625 and the United States captured the silver medal by scoring 158.900. Puerto Rico placed third with a total of 156.175.
Young reached the individual event finals on floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings and vault, and had an all-around score of 53.150. Two other Americans brought home bronze medals: Todd Thornton on vault and the University of Michigan's Kris Zimmerman on the parallel bars.
"It was very exciting to represent the United States at the Pan American Championships," said Williams. "Winning the silver medal was special and winning two bronze medals on the individual events was also exciting."
Young will represent the United States once again at the World Championships in Ghent, Belgium, Oct. 28-Nov. 4.
"The Pan American meet was a real positive one for Guard," said Williams. "It was great preparation for the World Championships and he's ready to continue his success there."