INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., July 18, 2008 – USA Gymnastics has a busy weekend. The balance of the U.S. Olympic Team for women’s gymnastics will be named on July 19, pending U.S. Olympic Committee approval, following the conclusion of the final selection camp at the Women’s National Team Training Center in Huntsville, Texas. The U.S. Olympic Team for men’s gymnastics is in Colorado Springs, Colo., at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, for its final preparation camp before the Olympic Games.
Shawn Johnson of West Des Moines, Iowa, and Nastia Liukin of Parker, Texas, were named to the U.S. Olympic Team for women’s gymnastics at the conclusion of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Gymnastics, June 19-22 in Philadelphia. Ten other women are vying for the final four spots on the Olympic Team: Jana Bieger, Coconut Creek, Fla./Bieger International Gymnastics; Chelsea Davis, Lakeway, Texas/Texas Dreams; Ivana Hong, Blue Springs, Mo./GAGE; Mattie Larson, Los Angeles/All Olympia; Corrie Lothrop, Gaithersburg, Md./Hill’s; Chellsie Memmel, West Allis, Wis./M&M Gymnastics; Samantha Peszek, Indianapolis, Ind./DeVeau’s; Alicia Sacramone, Winchester, Mass./Brestyan’s; Bridget Sloan, Pittsboro, Ind./Sharp’s; and Shayla Worley, Orlando, Fla./Orlando Metro. The final two days of training at the camp include mock competitions, which guests of the athletes and their families will be allowed to watch; however it is not open to the general public. The remaining four Olympic spots and three replacement athletes will be announced following the conclusion of the selection camp. NBCOlympics.com coverage: Friday’s recap | Saturday’s action.
The U.S. Olympic Team for men’s gymnastics was named at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Gymnastics. The men’s U.S. Olympic squad includes: Joseph Hagerty of Rio Rancho, N.M./Team Chevron; Morgan Hamm of Waukesha, Wis./Team Chevron; Paul Hamm of Waukesha, Wis./Team Chevron; Jonathan Horton of Houston/Team Chevron; Justin Spring of Burke, Va./Team Chevron; and Kevin Tan of Fremont, Calif./Team Chevron. The three replacement athletes are: Alexander Artemev of Morrison, Colo./Team Chevron; Raj Bhavsar of Houston/Team Chevron; and David Durante of Garwood, N.J./Team Chevron.
Paul Hamm, the 2004 Olympic all-around champion, will demonstrate his competitive readiness during a team preparation intrasquad on July 19. Hamm broke the fourth metacarpal in his right hand on the first day of competition at the 2008 Visa Championships, May 22-24 in Houston, and filed a petition to the Olympic Team, which was accepted pending his showing competitive readiness during the preparation camp.
The men’s preparation camp runs through July 22.
About USA Gymnastics
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.