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Full name  Guard Wayne Young
Role  Olympic athlete
Years on national team  1987–2004
Height  1.60 m

College team  BYU Cougars
Weight  55 kg
Name  Guard Young
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Born  3 June 1977 (age 38) State College, Pennsylvania, United States (1977-06-03)
Residence  Norman, Oklahoma, United States
Discipline  Men's artistic gymnastics
Club  Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy
Olympic medals  Gymnastics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's artistic team all-around
Similar People  Brett McClure, Jason Gatson, Morgan Hamm, Blaine Wilson, Paul Hamm

Country represented  United States of America

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Guard Wayne Young (born June 3, 1977 in State College, Pennsylvania) is a retired American gymnast. He is a three-time member of the U.S. gymnastics team at the World Championships, and contributed to a silver medal in the men's team competition in 2001. Three years later, at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Young helped his U.S. squad to earn a silver medal in the same program, a best finish since 1984. During his college career, Young has earned six All-American and two NCAA titles in the men's vault. In 2010, Young was inducted to the sports hall of fame by the Brigham Young University.


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Early years

Young was born in State College, Pennsylvania, the son of former gymnast and 1976 U.S. Olympic team captain Wayne Young. He started gymnastics at the age of ten, coached by his father. When his family moved to Norman, Oklahoma at the age of 12, Young trained under head coach Mark Williams, first at Oklahoma Gold and then later moving with Williams to the Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy. Because of his coach's guidance, he became a junior national champion in 1996, and later a full-fledged member of the U.S. senior gymnastics team.

Despite having a difficult decision for college, Young attended his father's alma mater Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where he competed for the BYU Cougars gymnastics team. During his college career, he received a total of six All-American titles and became a double vault champion and all-around runner-up at the NCAA Gymnastics Championships. At the end of his junior year, the men's gymnastics program at BYU was cut. Sadly, he missed a spot on the 2008 U.S. squad, finishing tenth in the all-around from the trials. In 2001, Young graduated from the University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications major in broadcast journalism.


Young made his official debut at the 2001 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Ghent, Belgium, where he earned a silver medal for the U.S. gymnastics team in the men's team competition with a total score of 166.845. While continuing to train at the Olympic level, Young accepted a position as an assistant coach for the University of Oklahoma gymnastics team, reuniting with his junior coach, Mark Williams. Young helped the Sooners to three NCAA team titles before leaving for another position in Northern California in 2005.

2004 Summer Olympics

Young competed for the United States, as a 27-year-old, at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens by earning a spot in the men's gymnastics team from the Olympic trials in Boston. On the first day of the Games, Young qualified for floor exercise final with a score of 9.700 in the prelims, but was prohibited from advancing due to the two per-country rule, with teammates Paul and Morgan Hamm ranking above him. In the team all-around, Young ended a 20-year-old drought to capture a silver for the U.S. men's best medal finish, joining on top of the podium by Jason Gatson, Paul Hamm, Morgan Hamm, Blaine Wilson, and Brett McClure. During the competition, Young performed a floor (9.700), rings (9.475), and vault (9.350) to sum up the team's total to 172.933, trailing Japan by almost a full point.

Life after gymnastics

Shortly after the Olympics, Young announced his retirement from competitive gymnastics to further continue his career as an assistant coach. After leaving Oklahoma in 2005 he coached in Northern California and eventually opened several preschool gyms in the state, calling his business Youngsters. In 2011, he returned to Oklahoma to rejoin Mark Williams as an assistant coach for the Oklahoma Sooners. With Young's help, the Oklahoma men's gymnastics team won the 2015 NCAA National Team Championship.

Because of a full commitment and dedication to his sporting accomplishments, Young was inducted to the Hall of Fame by the Brigham Young University in 2010.

Since 1999, Young is married to school teacher Alisha Tolman, and the couple currently reside with their three children, son Tyler Mark, son Jaxson and daughter Hadley in Norman, Oklahoma. The family are devout Mormons.

Guard was named the Head Coach of the Brigham Young University women's gymnastics team on May 14, 2015.


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