U.S. men's team, four gymnasts qualify for finals at 2011 World Championships
posted on 10/10/2011

© John Cheng

TOKYO, Oct. 10, 2011 – Based on scores in the qualification round, four members of the U.S. Men'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. men's performance in the qualification round also secured the United States a berth to London for the 2012 Olympic Games. The U.S. women will compete in the women's team finals on Oct. 11.

Here are the gymnasts who will be competing in the individual event finals.

All-around

  • John Orozco, Bronx, N.Y., U.S. Olympic Training Center
  • Danell Leyva of Homestead, Fla./Team Hilton HHonors (Universal Gymnastics)

Floor exercise

  • Steven Legendre of Port Jefferson, N.Y./Team Hilton Honors (University of Oklahoma)

Still rings

  • Jonathan Horton of Houston/Team Hilton HHonors (Cypress Academy)

Parallel bars

  • Danell Leyva of Homestead, Fla./Team Hilton HHonors (Universal Gymnastics)

Horizontal bar

  • John Orozco, Bronx, N.Y., U.S. Olympic Training Center
Photos by John Cheng

The members of the U.S. Men's Team are: Jake Dalton of Reno, Nev./University of Oklahoma; Horton; Legendre; Leyva; Alexander Naddour of Gilbert, Ariz./University of Oklahoma; and Orozco. Chris Brooks of Houston/Team Hilton HHonors (Cypress Academy), 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, Orozco and Levya finished second and third, respectively, in the preliminary rankings. Horton was fifth and Legendre was 24th, but they did not advance due to the two per country rule. For the individual event finals, Orozco advanced to the high bar finals, based on his fourth place ranking in the qualification round, and is the third reserve athlete for the still rings. Leyva also will compete in the parallel bars final after finishing sixth in the prelims. Legendre was sixth in the preliminary rankings, and Dalton is the first reserve athlete. Horton was fifth in the still rings rankings and is the first reserve athlete for the horizontal bar. Naddour is the first reserve athlete for the pommel horse.

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 women competing for the USA are: Gabrielle Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va./Chow's Gymnastics and Dance Institute; McKayla Maroney of Laguna Niguel, Calif./All Olympia AOGC; Alexandra Raisman of Needham, Mass./Brestyan's American Gymnastics; Sabrina Vega of Carmel, N.Y./Dynamic Gymnastics; and Jordyn Wieber of DeWitt, Mich./Gedderts' Twistars USA. 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.

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. 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 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.


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