Olympic Gold Medalist Paul Hamm Has Surgery

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Olympic gold medalist Paul Hamm was to have surgery Tuesday afternoon to repair the broken bone in his right hand.

Dr. Lawrence Lubbers, on staff at the Ohio State Medical Center, was to do the surgery. The gymnast spoke with several doctors before selecting Lubbers, who also has operated on Hamm's former teammate, Blaine Wilson. Hamm is expected to begin rehab Thursday and is optimistic he will be healthy in time to compete at the Beijing Olympics.

Hamm was seconds away from finishing his parallel bars routine at the U.S. gymnastics championships Thursday night when he jammed his right ring finger, breaking the fourth metacarpal. Recovery is expected to take at least four weeks.

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