Gymnast Paul Hamm has voluntarily removed himself from the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team, less than two weeks before the Opening Ceremonies in Beijing.
Hamm announced today that he must resign due to physical injury. In May he broke a bone in his right hand. Earlier this month he had seemingly recovered well enough to be permitted to compete in the Olympics. In the past two weeks, though, it has become clear that the hand injury will stop him from defending his Olympic title.
Despite this bad news, there is a ray of light: Raj Bhavsar, an alternate on the Gymanstics Team, will now compete. Instead of watching his teammates from the sidelines, he will have his own shot at the gold.