Kevin Tan to Compete on United States National Team in Paris Tri-Meet
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; June 22, 2006 - Penn State men's gymnastics assistant coach Kevin Tan will represent the United States, as part of a six-man team recently selected by USA Gymnastics, in a tri-meet in Paris against national teams from France and Switzerland on Saturday, June 24. Nittany Lion head coach Randy Jepson will accompany Tan abroad and serve as an assistant coach on the team.
The competition format has five men competing on each apparatus, with four scores counting towards the team score. Each team can determine which five compete in each event.
The meet will allow for Tan and his teammates to face world-class talent in preparation for the 2006 World Gymnastics Championships, to be held in October in Denmark.
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. During his senior year in 2004, Tan was one of the premier collegiate gymnasts in the nation, qualifying as a finalist for the Nissen-Emery Award. He was an all-conference selection, winning both the still rings and parallel bars crowns at the 2004 Big Ten Championships. His still rings title was his third-consecutive conference championship in the event. During his collegiate career, Tan never finished lower than third on the rings at the Big Ten Championships.
A six-time All-American, Tan finished his first year as a full-time assistant coach at Penn State in 2005. Competing for Team Chevron, he took first on the still rings at the 2006 Winter Cup in Las Vegas, Nev.