Olympic medalist will address new HCC students

August 29, 1996|By Howard Libit | Howard Libit,SUN STAFF

Olympic silver medalist Jair Lynch will give Howard Community College's new students a motivational talk tomorrow morning about how to be a successful in school.

The Washington, D.C., native will give the keynote address for the college's new-student orientation, which also will include a scavenger hunt to help students learn their way around the Columbia campus.

"We were just thrilled [Lynch] agreed to come," said Robin Davis Saunders, the school's assistant director for student programs and the orientation coordinator. "It was truly a coup for the college."

Lynch won a silver medal in the parallel bars at the Olympics in Atlanta last month, becoming the first black man to win an Olympic gymnastics medal and claiming the only medal for the U.S. men's gymnastics team.

During the competition, a callus on Lynch's hand popped and bled, and he cut away part of it with a razor so that he could compete. His talk is expected to include photos taken of his hand during the Olympics, evidence of the pain he had to overcome in the competition.

Saunders said she knew of no connection between Lynch and the college. But Lynch trained for four years at Gymnastics Plus in Columbia while he was growing up in Washington.

More than 300 new students have signed up for tomorrow's orientation, Saunders said. The students also will meet faculty members and attend workshops. The orientation begins at 9 a.m. in the college's Smith Theatre.

Pub Date: 8/29/96

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