GYMNASTICS: U.S. women’s team, four gymnasts qualify for finals at 2011 World Championships
Leslie King
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October 08, 2011 7:45 AM
TOKYO, Oct. 8, 2011 – Based on scores in the qualification round, four members of the U.S. Women’s Team qualified for individual finals and the U.S. Team advanced to the team finals at the 2011 World Championships at the Tokyo (Japan) Metropolitan Gymnasium.  The U.S. women’s performance today also secured the United States a berth to London for the 2012 Olympic Games. The U.S. men compete tomorrow at 11:15 a.m. in the first session on the first of two days of qualifications.
 
Here are the gymnasts who will be competing in the individual event finals.
All-around
·         Jordyn Wieber of DeWitt, Mich./Gedderts' Twistars USA
·         Alexandra Raisman of Needham, Mass./Brestyan's American Gymnastics
Vault
·         McKayla Maroney of Laguna Niguel, Calif./All Olympia AOGC
Uneven bars
·         Gabrielle Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va./Chow's Gymnastics and Dance Institute
·         Jordyn Wieber of DeWitt, Mich./Gedderts' Twistars USA
Balance beam
·         Jordyn Wieber of DeWitt, Mich./Gedderts' Twistars USA
·         Alexandra Raisman of Needham, Mass./Brestyan's American Gymnastics
Floor exercise
·         Alexandra Raisman of Needham, Mass./Brestyan's American Gymnastics
·         Jordyn Wieber of DeWitt, Mich./Gedderts' Twistars USA
 
The women competing for the USA are: Douglas; Maroney; Raisman; Sabrina Vega of Carmel, N.Y./Dynamic Gymnastics; and Wieber. Team member Alicia Sacramone of Winchester, Mass./Brestyan's American Gymnastics, who tore her Achilles tendon during training, has returned to the States for medical treatment, and Anna Li of Aurora, Ill./Legacy Elite Gymnastics LLC, is the alternate.
 
The top eight countries in the rankings advance to the team finals, with 24 gymnasts qualifying to the all-around finals.  The eight highest-ranking gymnasts for each event will compete in the individual event finals. There is a limit of two gymnasts per country in the all-around and individual event finals. Qualification round scores do not carry forward to the finals.
 
In the all-around, Wieber and Raisman finished second and fourth, respectively, in the preliminary rankings. Douglas was fifth but did not advance due to the two per country rule. In fact, all five of the U.S. gymnasts finished in the top 12 in the all-around. For the qualification round rankings in individual events, Maroney was first in the vault rankings; Douglas and Wieber were sixth and seventh, respectively; Wieber and Raisman were third and sixth, respectively, for the beam; and Raisman and Wieber placed first and third on floor.
 
The men’s qualification rounds are Oct. 9-10.  The finals schedule is:  Oct. 11, women’s team; Oct. 12, men’s team; Oct. 13, women’s all-around; Oct. 14, men’s all-around; and Oct. 15-16, individual events.
 
The U.S. men will compete in the first session of the men’s qualification round on Oct. 9 at 11:15 a.m. local time.  The members of the U.S. Men’s Team are: Jake Dalton of Reno, Nev./University of Oklahoma; Jonathan Horton of Houston/Team Hilton HHonors (Cypress Academy); Steven Legendre of Port Jefferson, N.Y./Team Hilton Honors (University of Oklahoma); Danell Leyva of Homestead, Fla./Team Hilton HHonors (Universal Gymnastics); Alexander Naddour of Gilbert, Ariz./University of Oklahoma; and John Orozco, Bronx, N.Y., U.S. Olympic Training Center. Chris Brooks of Houston/Team Hilton HHonors (Cypress Academy), is the alternate.
 
In addition to awarding World medals, the 2011 World Championships is the first of two opportunities to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games.  Countries finishing in the top eight in the team competition automatically qualify for the Olympic Games.  Teams that finish 9-16 in the rankings have the opportunity to qualify for the Games by finishing in the top four at the 2012 Olympic Test Event in London.
 
Fans can follow the action at the 2011 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships via the web, cable TV and network television.  Universal Sports will carry a live webcast of the finals, as well as same-day coverage on its cable network.  In addition, usagym.org will have photos and updates from Tokyo, with expanded coverage of “USA Gymnastics:  Behind the Team presented by AT&T.”  NBC Sports will broadcast coverage of the World Championships on Oct. 15-16.
 
Here’s a quick overview of the various ways to watch and follow the U.S. Team’s performances at the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo.
 
·         Live webcast.  UniversalSports.com will have a live webcast of the team, all-around and individual event finals from Tokyo for $19.99.  For U.S. Eastern Daylight Savings time, the live webcasts are scheduled for:  Oct. 11 – women’s team final, 6 a.m.; Oct. 12 – men’s team final, 5 a.m.; Oct. 13 – women’s all-around final, 5 a.m.; Oct. 14 – men’s all-around final, 6 a.m.; Oct. 15 – individual event finals, 12:30 a.m.; and Oct. 16 – individual event finals, 1 a.m. (NOTE:  Tokyo is 13 hours ahead of New York City; when it is midnight in Tokyo, it is 11 a.m. in New York.)
·         Cable TV.  Universal Sports will show all of the finals on its cable network during prime time.  At 8 p.m. ET each day, Universal Sports will show the men’s team final on Oct. 12; men’s all-around finals on Oct. 14; and individual event finals on Oct. 15-16.  The women’s team final will air at 11 p.m. on Oct. 15, and the women’s all-around final, with men’s highlights, will air at 11 p.m. on Oct. 16.
·         NBC Sports.  NBC Sports’ coverage of the World Championships will broadcast the women’s team final at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, and the women’s all-around final, with men’s highlights, at 2 p.m. on Oct. 16. 
·         “Behind the Team.”  “USA Gymnastics:  Behind the Team presented by AT&T” will provide expanded coverage from the World Championships, including John Macready’s take on the championships and Tokyo, interviews, and more.  To enjoy this added coverage, you can go to att.net/teamusa or access it from usagym.org.
·         usagym.org. will provide enhanced coverage from Tokyo that will include results and exclusive photos from the competition, as well as daily video interviews. USA Gymnastics will also post event updates on Facebook and Twitter.
 
For more information on the World Championships, please go to usagym.org/worlds.
 
Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States.  Its mission is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in the sport.  Its disciplines include men's and women's artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics, and group gymnastics (also known as Gymnastics for All).  For more information, log on to www.usagym.org.
 
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