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Hamm Confirmed for U.S. Team
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Morgan Hamm's recent warning from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency did not affect his selection to the 2008 U.S. Olympic team, USA Gymnastics announced Wednesday.

Part of Hamm's results from the U.S. Championships, held May 22-24 in Houston, were nullified July 3 after the USADA announced he had tested positive May 24 for a glucocorticosteroid. Hamm was selected for the U.S. team following his results in Houston and at the U.S. Olympic Trials in June.

The substance the USADA reported finding, triamcinolone acetonide, is not a performance-enhancing drug. Hamm said he received an anti-inflammatory shot May 2 for an injured ankle. He said it was a mistake that he did not file the exemption paperwork.

USAG decided the incident did not warrant Hamm's removal from the U.S. team that competes next month in Beijing.

"After a review by both USA Gymnastics and the USOC, there is agreement that the public warning Hamm received did not impact his qualification for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team," USAG President Steve Penny said. "USA Gymnastics evaluated the impact of the ruling against the selection criteria for both participation in the Olympic Trials and ultimately his selection to our men’s Olympic team. After thorough analysis, the Men’s Selection Committee determined that USADA’s ruling did not affect either of those decisions."

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