Kevin Tan Wins Still Rings Title at Winter Cup
LAS VEGAS, Nev.; February 5, 2006 ¨C Former six-time All-American and current Penn State men¡¯s gymnastics assistant coach Kevin Tan captured the still rings title at the prestigious 2006 Winter Cup in Las Vegas, Nev. this weekend. Competing as a member of Team Chevron, Tan compiled a two-day total score of 31.350 to win the event. The lone current or former Penn State gymnast to compete at the 2006 Winter Cup, the Fremont, Calif. native also placed fifth on the pommel horse and seventh on the parallel bars.
A member of Penn State's 2004 NCAA championship team, Tan was the Nittany Lions' first back-to-back NCAA champion on the still rings, earning titles in 2003 and 2004. Tan was named assistant men's gymnastics coach last summer after serving as an undergraduate assistant last season while completing his degree in finance. In November of 2005, Tan represented the United States at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships held in Melbourne, Australia.
A competition sponsored by USA Gymnastics, the Winter Cup featured 80 of the nation¡¯s top men¡¯s gymnasts, including 12 members of the current Men¡¯s Senior National Team. Based on performances at the Winter Cup, 14 gymnasts will be named to the 2006 Men¡¯s Senior National team. USA Gymnastics will announce the members of the team later this week.
This year¡¯s Winter Cup Challenge was the first U.S. men¡¯s event to use the new scoring system adopted by the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) last year. The system incorporates credit for a routine¡¯s content and execution, and a gymnast¡¯s score is no longer limited to a maximum of 10.
Penn State resumes meet competition on Sun., Feb. 19 when the Nittany Lions host Stanford in a dual at the Bryce Jordan Center at 5:00 p.m.