Featured on the men’s side is showman Alexei Nemov, the 2000 Olympic Games All-Around Gold Medalist from Russia and 12-time Olympic medalist (4 gold). 2001 U.S. National Champion Sean Townsend (Houston, Texas) will join Sydney Olympic teammates Stephen McCain (Houston, Texas), John Roethlisberger (Falcon Heights, Minn.) and Paul Hamm (Waukesha, Wis.) in the competition. Townsend, McCain, and Hamm will represent the United States at the 2001 World Championships October 28-November 5 in Ghent, Belgium.
Among the women’s competitors is Houston resident Shannon Miller, the most decorated U.S. gymnast in history having earned seven Olympic medals (two gold, two silver, three bronze) throughout her career. Tasha Schwikert (Las Vegas, Nev.), the newly crowned 2001 U.S. National Champion and a 2000 Olympian is expected to compete along with Russian Elena Produnova, a 2000 Olympic Games Silver Medalist. Jamie Dantzscher (Palmdale, Calif.), 2001 NCAA National Champion for UCLA and 2000 Olympian, and Mohini Bhardwaj (Los Angeles, Calif.), a 2001 World Championships Team Member and two-time NCAA National Champion for UCLA will also be featured.