© Ricardo Bufolin

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Oct. 7, 2018 – Brandon Briones of Gilbert, Ariz./Aspire Kids Sports Center, qualified for the floor exercise final in men’s gymnastics all-around qualification round at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Gymnastics’ qualification round continues tomorrow with men’s gymnastics, along with women’s trampoline and rhythmic gymnastics. Live scoring and results are available through the official website. The live stream of gymnastics coverage on the Olympic Channel begins on Oct. 11 with the men’s all-around finals.

Alyssa Oh of Rocklin, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, will compete in the session that begins at 2 p.m. Argentina time on Oct. 8, along with Briones on still rings. Men’s vault and trampoline are in the 7 p.m. Argentina time session. Rhythmic gymnast Elizabeth Kapitonova of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, takes to the floor for hoop at 2 p.m. on Oct. 9, local Argentina time.

In the floor exercise qualification round, Briones claimed a 13.900 (4.700, difficulty; 9.200, execution), which put him first in the event’s preliminary ranking, and he will advance to the floor final. Russia’s Sergei Naidin was on Briones’ heels at 13.800. Great Britain’s Adam Tobin rounded out the top three in the rankings at 13.633.

On the pommel horse, Briones posted a 12.633 (4.5, difficulty; 8.133, execution) for ninth place, and he is the first reserve for the pommel horse finals. Japan’s Takeru Kitazono scored the top qualification score at 14.133, followed by China’s Yin Dehang (13,866) and Naidin (13.666).

After two of six events, Briones is ranked sixth in the all-around with a two-event total of 26.533. Kitazono has the top score of 27.633, followed by Naidin at 27.466 and Yin with 27.099.

Acrobatic gymnastics and women’s floor exercise were also held today. The top three in the preliminary rankings were: women’s floor – Anastasiia Bachynska of Ukraine (13.300), Giorgia Villa of Italy (13.133), and Kseniia Klimenko of Russia (13.033); and acrobatic gymnastics – Ukraine (55.000), Israel (54.680) and Russia (54.390).

Gymnastics begins with the multi-discipline event, which serves as the qualification round for the finals for each discipline. The Games will be broadcast on the Olympic Channel every night, beginning with the Opening Ceremony on Oct. 6. In addition, OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app will offer a 24/7 channel with live streams, replays and highlights.

In addition to the traditional disciplines of men’s and women’s gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, acrobatic gymnastics and trampoline, the Youth Olympic Games has a multi-discipline event. All gymnastics events will be held at the America Pavilion in Youth Olympic Park.

The formats for each discipline are identified below.


  • In the multi-discipline event, gymnasts will compete on multi-national teams. Each team includes one mixed pair, acrobatic gymnastics; three men and three women, artistic gymnastics; three rhythmic gymnasts; and one man and one woman trampoline gymnasts. Multi-discipline event scoring adds the rank achieved by each gymnast/mixed pair in their respective disciplines. The team with the lowest score wins.
  • Artistic gymnastics includes all of the men’s and women’s events: men – all-around, floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings, vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar; and women – all-around, vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise. The top 18 in the all-around rankings advance to the finals, and the top eight on each event qualify to the event finals.
  • Acrobatic gymnastics features the mixed pair. In the qualification round, all 12 mixed pairs perform dynamic, balanced and combined routines. The top eight advance to the finals, where each performs one combined routine.
  • For rhythmic gymnastics, athletes perform all four events – hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon – in the qualification round, and the top eight in the qualification rankings advance to the all-around final.
  • Trampoline has competition in both men’s and women’s trampoline. In the qualification round, each gymnast performs a voluntary routine with 10 skills, including set requirements, and a second voluntary routine of 10 skills with no limitations. The top eight advance and perform one voluntary routine with 10 skills.

The competition schedule is listed with local Argentina time, which is one hour ahead of Eastern; when it is 12 noon in New York City, it is 1 p.m. in Buenos Aires. The multi-discipline team event serves as the qualification round for each discipline’s finals.

Oct. 8

  • 2 p.m. – Qualification Session 3 – men’s still rings; women’s vault; women’s trampoline
  • 7 p.m. – Qualification Session 4 – men’s vault and trampoline

Oct. 9

  • 2 p.m. – Qualification Session 5 – rhythmic hoop; women’s uneven bars
  • 7 p.m. – Qualification Session 6 – rhythmic ball; men’s parallel bars

Oct. 10

  • 2 p.m. – Qualification Session 7 – rhythmic clubs; women’s balance beam
  • 7 p.m. – Qualification Session 8 – men’s horizontal bar; rhythmic ribbon), followed by the team event award ceremony

Oct. 11

  • 5 p.m. – Men’s gymnastics all-around final

Oct. 12

  • 5 p.m. – Women’s gymnastics all-around final

Oct. 13

  • 5 p.m. – Finals for men’s floor exercise, pommel horse; women’s vault and uneven bars

Oct. 14

  • 5 p.m. – Finals for men’s still rings and vault; men’s and women’s trampoline

Oct. 15

  • 5 p.m. – Finals for women’s balance beam and floor exercise; men’s parallel bars and horizontal bar; acrobatic gymnastics, mixed pair

Oct. 16

  • 5 p.m. – Rhythmic gymnastics all-around final

In addition to hosting competition in 12 sports, the Youth Olympic Park also has a variety of cultural activities, including artistic workshops, collaborative murals, massive games and music shows.

For more information, go to buenosaires2018.com.