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Getting to know Joey Hagerty

July 3, 2008

Joey Hagerty proved that he’s got the skills at the 2008 U.S. Championships and Olympic Trials, but the 26-year-old came out of nowhere so quickly that it’s hard to sum him up.

Putting the rest of the team in a nutshell is far simpler. Example:

Paul Hamm — U.S. savior
Morgan Hamm — Like Paul Hamm, but not as many events and with that cool new floor skill
Jonathan Horton — Short daredevil
Justin Spring — Slightly taller daredevil
Kevin Tan — That rings guy

What about Hagerty? Obviously, he’s got an artistic streak.

Joey Hagerty, 2008 Olympic Trials Finals, Floor Exercise:

Otherwise? Hard to tell. Here’s some personal stuff:

– Trained at Gold Cup Gymnastics in Albuquerque, the same gym that produced 1992 Olympic high bar champion Trent Dimas

– Father Mike Hagerty was in a terrible car accident in March and had to be cleared to fly to Philadelphia to watch his son at the U.S. Trials

– Three older sisters, including former level 10 Alena Ziska

– Told his parents he made the team via text message

– Was attending the University of New Mexico, but gymnastics has taken precedence for the time being

– Now trains in Colorado Springs at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, and was spending weekends commuting between it and New Mexico to visit his father