Justin Spring
© John Cheng

BEIJING, Aug. 8, 2008 — The 2008 U.S. Olympic Team for men’s gymnastics opens competition at the 2008 Olympic Games with the qualification round on Saturday, Aug. 9. The USA is in the first of three subdivisions and will compete at 12 p.m. local Beijing time (midnight ET) at the National Indoor Stadium in Beijing, China. The qualification round determines which countries and athletes advance to the team, all-around and individual event finals.

The U.S. Olympic Team for men’s gymnastics includes: Alexander Artemev of Highlands Ranch, Colo./Team Chevron; Raj Bhavsar of Houston/Team Chevron; Joseph Hagerty of Rio Rancho, N.M./Team Chevron; Jonathan Horton of Houston/Team Chevron; Justin Spring of Burke, Va./Team Chevron; and Kevin Tan of Fremont, Calif./Team Chevron. The replacement athlete is David Durante of Garwood, N.J./Team Chevron.

Below is the U.S. men’s line-up for the qualification round (listed alphabetically).

  • Floor exercise: Artemev, Bhavsar, Hagerty, Horton, Spring
  • Pommel horse: Artemev, Bhavsar, Hagerty, Horton, Tan
  • Still rings: Artemev, Bhavsar, Horton, Spring, Tan
  • Vault: Artemev, Bhavsar, Hagerty, Horton, Spring
  • Parallel bars: Artemev, Bhavsar, Hagerty, Horton, Spring
  • Horizontal bar: Artemev, Hagerty, Horton, Spring, Tan

In addition to the USA, subdivision 1 also includes Italy, Spain and three mixed groups. Olympic Games host and reigning team world champion China is in subdivision 2 with 2007 team world silver-medalist Japan, Canada, France, Russia and one mixed group. Rounding out the men’s teams in subdivision 3 are 2007 team world bronze-medalist Germany, Belarus, Korea, Romania and two mixed groups. The mixed groups include gymnasts whose countries did not qualify for the team competition but are seeking berths in the final rounds for the all-around and/or the individual event finals.

Competition in subdivision 1 begins at 12 p.m. local Beijing time, followed by subdivision 2 at 4 p.m. and subdivision 3 at 8 p.m. Warm-ups begin two hours prior to the start of each session.

The top eight countries advance to the team finals. The top 24 gymnasts in the all-around with a limit of two per country move on to the finals. The top eight athletes in each event with a limit of two per country advance to the individual event finals. The countries and athletes who advance to the various final rounds will not be determined until the conclusion of the final subdivision. Scores from the qualification round do not carry forward to the finals.

The men’s team finals are Aug. 12 (10 a.m.), with the all-around finals on Aug. 14 (11 a.m.). The individual event finals are Aug. 17-19 (6 p.m.).