August 19th, 2004

Twin Peaks: Snoqualmie

Unbelievable Olympic comeback!

Paul Hamm wins 2004 All Around

I just now, I think, am to the point of not stammering in shock.

From doing something he'd never done in his entire gymnastics career -- landing on the judges' table after a vault -- to the pinnacle of the Olympic podium.

Paul Hamm came from 12th place after four rotations, with two events remaining, to win gold.

Not only has an American never won the all-around, the way he did it . . . I'm still almost speechless.

I said at the commercial break: "No way he can do it. Not unless he's the male equivalent of Mary Lou Retton or something."

Paul, I take it back.

Team mate Brett McClure was awesome, too. I think the judges burned him unfairly on his Still Rings routine, but even Tim Daggett said that the scoring for that had been weird the entire event.

And here I thought the men's swimming victory over the Australians in the team relay was phenomenal . . . and it was. And the women's team swimming, breaking that nearly two decades long world record . . . amazing.

But coming back from 12th place to do something no American has ever done before? I don't think my jaw's been on the floor like this since Kerri Strug's amazing vault at the 1996 Olympics.

Hamm's gonna be on the front page of every newspaper in the USA tomorrow, and deservedly so. Wow. Just wow.