Paul Hamm is pretty much the best male gymnast the US has ever had. I really idolized him towards the later part of my gymnastics career. I got his autograph in 2003 at the American Cup in Fairfax, Virginia before he won Worlds later that year
However, I feel bad that he won't be remembered in the most positive light. The whole controversy over his win in 2004 didn't help matters. It also didn't help that the President of FIG sent him a letter saying he should return the gold medal because of a judging mistake. I feel like his Olympic title will always be somewhat tarnished because of the controversy.
It's also a shame how he was starting to make a fabulous and dominant comeback in 2008 only to injure his finger at Nationals. He didn't recover in time for Trials and eventually withdrew himself from the Olympic team. And that's been the end of his career ever since.