TIANJIN, China, May 15, 2008 – The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) held the draw for qualification round slots for artistic gymnastics and trampoline for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. The draw determines the order for competing in the preliminary rounds, as well as timing for podium training. The draw was held in conjunction with the World Cup event in Tianjin.
For women’s gymnastics, the USA is in Subdivision 2 (of four), along with Great Britain, Italy and Japan. The United States, which starts on the floor exercise, will compete on Aug. 10 at 1:30 p.m. Beijing time.
The U.S. men are in Subdivision 1, out of a total of three. Their group includes Italy, Spain and three mixed groups, which are comprised of gymnasts not competing on a full team for their country. The USA, which starts on still rings, will compete on Aug. 9 at 12 p.m. Beijing time.
For trampoline, the U.S. woman will be eighth in the rotation, with the U.S. man going first in the men’s qualification round. Trampoline’s qualification round is on Aug. 16 at 11 a.m. Beijing time.
The complete breakdown for women’s gymnastics is:
Subdivision 1 – China, Romania and two mixed groups;
Subdivision 2 –Great Britain, Italy, Japan and the United States;
Subdivision 3 – Australia, Germany, Russia and Ukraine; and
Subdivision 4 – Brazil, France and two mixed groups.
The men’s qualification round breakdown is:
Subdivision 1 – Italy, Spain, United States and three mixed groups;
Subdivision 2 – Canada, China, France, Japan, Russia and a mixed group; and
Subdivision 3 – Belarus, Germany, Korea, Romania and two mixed groups.
The complete schedule for men’s and women’s gymnastics and trampoline for the Olympic Games is listed below.
At the Olympics, the field for artistic gymnastics includes 98 men and 98 women. This breaks down into the top 12 teams from the 2007 World Championships (72 athletes) and 26 additional athletes. For trampoline, there will be 16 men and 16 women.
Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. Its mission is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in the sport. Its disciplines include men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, and acrobatic gymnastics.
Gymnastics competition schedule at the Olympic Games
NOTE: Times and dates listed for Beijing, China
|8-9-08||Men’s qualification rounds||Sub. 1
|8-10-08||Women’s qualification rounds||Sub. 1
|8-12-08||Men’s team finals||10 a.m. -12:58 p.m.|
|8-13-08||Women’s team finals||10:15 a.m.-12:19 p.m.|
|8-14-08||Men’s all-around finals||11 a.m.- 1:51 p.m.|
|8-15-08||Women’s all-around finals||11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.|
|8-17-08||Individual event finals
Men – FX, PH; Women – FX, VT
|8-18-08||Individual event finals
Men – SR, VT; Women – UB
|8-19-08||Individual event finals
Men – PB, HB; Women, BB
|8-16-08||Men’s & Women’s qualification round||11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.|
|8-18-08||Women’s finals (w/artistic)||6-9 p.m.|
|8-19-08||Men’s finals (w/artistic)||6-9 p.m.|