GREAT BRITAIN, Glasgow, Oct. 19, 2015 – With the official start of the 2015 World Artistic Championships in Glasgow, Great Britain, just days away, the U.S. women will have their chance to train on the competition equipment during podium training on Oct. 20, with the men’s podium training on Oct. 22. Held at the SSE Hydro Arena, the World Championships officially start on Oct. 23, with the U.S. women competing in Subdivision 10 on Oct. 24 at 4:30 p.m. Scotland/11:30 a.m. ET, and the U.S. men in Subdivision 7 on Oct. 26 at 4:30 p.m. Scotland/12:30 p.m. ET. Both the U.S. Team’s podium training and qualification competition will be carried live at usagymworlds.com, which also has complete team information and the total coverage schedule.
This year’s World Championships, which run from Oct. 23 through Nov. 1, are the first of two opportunities for countries to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The top eight teams from Glasgow advance to the 2016 Olympics, as well as any individual event medalists who are not on a qualifying team to the Olympics or Olympic Test Event. Countries ranked nine through 16 in the team rankings advance to the Olympic Test Event next April, where four more teams and various individual athletes will qualify for Rio.
In Glasgow, world champions and medalists will be determined for both men and women in the team, all-around and individual events. The qualification round determines which countries and athletes advance to the team and individual event finals, respectively: team finals – top eight countries; all-around finals – top 24, maximum two per country; and individual event finals – top eight, maximum two per country, for each apparatus.
Two-time World all-around champion Simone Biles of Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre, headlines the U.S. women’s team that includes two other members of the 2014 World Championships Team that won the team gold medal and two 2012 Olympic gold medalists. The entire squad features: Gabrielle Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va./Buckeye Gymnastics; Brenna Dowell of Odessa, Mo./GAGE; Madison Kocian of Dallas/WOGA; Maggie Nichols of Little Canada, Minn./Twin City Twisters; Aly Raisman of Needham, Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics; MyKayla Skinner of Gilbert, Ariz./Desert Lights; and Biles.
The men’s squad includes three members of the 2014 World bronze-medal team and a 2012 Olympic bronze medalist. The U.S. men’s team is comprised of: Chris Brooks of Houston/Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center); Marvin Kimble of Milwaukee, Wis./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center); Danell Leyva of Miami, Fla./Team Hilton (Universal Gymnastics); Alexander Naddour of Queen Creek, Ariz./Team Hilton (USA Youth Fitness Center); Paul Ruggeri of Manlius, N.Y./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center); Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore, Md./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center); and Brandon Wynn of Voorhees, N.J./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center).
The U.S. line-up for both men and women will be determined 24-hours before they compete.
Ways to follow the action
Here’s a quick overview of the ways to watch and follow the U.S. Team’s performances at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Great Britain. Due to daylight saving time, from Oct. 19-24 and Nov. 1, Glasgow will be five hours ahead of the U.S. Eastern time zone. From Oct. 25-31, Glasgow will be four hours ahead of the Eastern time zone. For more information on the World Championships and the complete online and television schedule, go to USAGymWorlds.com. All coverage of the World Championships is presented by AT&T.
- USAGymWorlds.com will have live webcasts (U.S. viewers only) of U.S. podium training and selected qualification sessions, including those that feature U.S. athletes. The coverage will also be archived for on-demand viewing.
- Oct. 20, U.S. women’s podium training –11:30 a.m. ET, Subdivision 10
- Oct. 22, U.S. men’s podium training – 11:30 a.m. ET, Subdivision 7
- Oct. 24, U.S. women’s qualification round –11:30 a.m. ET, Subdivision 10
- Oct. 26, U.S. men’s qualification round – 12:30 p.m. ET, Subdivision 7.
- Live streaming of the six finals sessions will be available on UniversalSports.com and USAGymWorlds.com.
- Oct. 27, women’s team final, 2:45 p.m. ET
- Oct. 28, men’s team final, 1:55 p.m. ET
- Oct. 29, women’s all-around final, 2:45 p.m. ET
- Oct. 30, men’s all-around final, 2:10 p.m. ET
- Oct. 31, individual event finals (men’s floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings; women’s vault, uneven bars), 9:30 a.m. ET
- Nov. 1, individual event finals (men’s vault, parallel bars, horizontal bar; women’s balance beam, floor exercise), 8:30 a.m. ET
- Universal Sports Network will air each finals session of the World Championships daily at 8 p.m. ET Oct. 27-30 and Nov. 1 and at 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 31. The network’s broadcast team includes Olympic gold medalists Bart Conner and Amanda Borden.
- NBC will broadcast delayed Worlds coverage on Oct. 31 at 2:30 p.m. and Nov. 1 at 12 p.m., with commentary from NBC Sports Group’s gymnastics team of Tim Daggett, 1984 Olympic team gold medalist, Nastia Liukin, 2008 Olympic all-around champion, and Al Trautwig.
- USA Gymnastics will provide enhanced coverage from Glasgow, including results, photos, interviews and the webcast. Fans can also follow the action on Facebook, facebook.com/USAGymnastics, and Twitter, @usagym, #FIGWorlds2015ART or #USAGymWorlds.
- Live scoring. The International Gymnastics Federation provides live scoring from its World Championships. For more information and access, go to fig-gymnastics.com.