INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., June 28, 2007 – The field for the men’s artistic gymnastics competition at the 2007 Visa Championships, Aug. 15-18 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., includes 86 men competing in the junior and senior divisions. 2006
2006 U.S. still rings champion Kevin Tan of Fremont, Calif./Team Chevron, is one of eight San Jose-area gymnasts slated to compete in the Visa Championships: Kyle Bunthuwong of El Cerrito/Golden Bear Gymnastics (junior/16-18); Josh Dixon of San Jose/Champions Academy (junior/16-18); Eric Haeussler of Redwood City/San Mateo Gymnastics (junior/16-18); Jeffrey Langenstein of San Carlos/San Mateo Gymnastics (junior/14-15); Sho Nakamori of Albany/Stanford University; Neal Thompson of Belmont/San Mateo Gymnastics (junior/16-18); and Christopher Turner of Fremont/WCOGA (junior/14-15).
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Three members of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team that won the team silver medal are expected to return to competitive gymnastics at the 2007 Visa Championships: twins Morgan and Paul Hamm of
The field breaks down into 48 seniors and 38 juniors, 19 in each of the two junior categories, 14-15 and 16-18 years of age. Nineteen states are represented in the men’s competition. The complete field is listed below.
The senior men qualified for the Visa Championships via several different avenues: a member of the current senior national team; finished in the top six from the USA in the all-around at the 2007 NCAA Championships; the top 24 athletes from the U.S. Men’s Qualifier based on the approved points system; and the top three athletes on each event at the U.S. Men’s Qualifier. Some athletes successfully petitioned the Men’s Program Committee for inclusion. The qualification options for the juniors were based on performances at the 2007 Winter Cup Challenge, 2007 Men’s Junior Olympic National Championships and the 2007 U.S. Men’s Qualifier.