ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, Oct. 17, 2010 – USA Gymnastics has announced the U.S. men’s line-up for the qualification round at the 2010 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, Oct. 16-24, in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The U.S. men compete at 8 p.m. local time (2 p.m. ET) on Oct. 18, the first of two men’s qualification days. The women’s qualification round finishes up later today. The women’s team finals are Oct. 20 and the men’s on Oct. 21, both at 5 p.m. local time (11 a.m. ET).
The members of the World Team are: Chris Brooks of Houston/University of Oklahoma; Chris Cameron of Winter Haven, Fla./University of Michigan; Jonathan Horton of Houston/Cypress Gymnastics; Steven Legendre of Flower Mound, Texas/University of Oklahoma; Danell Leyva of Miami/Universal Gymnastics; and Brandon Wynn of Voorhees, N.J./Ohio State University. Paul Ruggeri of Manlius, N.Y./University of Illinois, is the alternate.
The men’s line-up for the qualification round is:
- Floor exercise – Wynn, Brooks, Leyva, Horton, Legendre
- Pommel horse – Leyva, Brooks, Legendre, Horton and Cameron
- Still rings – Leyva, Legendre, Cameron, Horton and Wynn
- Vault – Leyva, Brooks, Wynn, Horton and Legendre
- Parallel bars – Wynn, Legendre, Horton, Brooks and Leyva
- Horizontal bar – Legendre, Wynn, Brooks, Leyva and Horton
Five men compete on each apparatus, with the top four scores counting. Three men will compete on all six events: Horton, Legendre and Leyva.
The World Championships features team, all-around and individual event competition. Qualification rounds determine advancement to the team, all-around, and apparatus finals. The women’s qualification rounds are Oct. 16-17, with the men’s Oct. 18-19. The top eight teams compete in the team finals on Oct. 20 (women) and 21 (men). The top 24 individuals compete in the all-around final on Oct. 22 (men and women). For individual events, the top eight on each apparatus from the qualification rounds advance to the finals (Oct. 23-24). A maximum of two gymnasts per country advances to the all-around and individual event finals.
Fans can follow the action on both Universal Sports and NBC Sports. Universal Sports is carrying a live webcast on universalsports.com and providing same-day, tape-delayed primetime broadcasts on its cable network for all of the final rounds, as well as hosting "Around the Gym, presented by AT&T" after each night’s broadcast to recap the day’s performance and preview the upcoming competition. The live webcast for all of the final rounds is only $9.99 with the code USAGYMFAN. NBC Sports will broadcast coverage on Oct. 23 and 24. For the complete web and TV schedules, go to usagym.org/worlds.
On its official website usagym.org/worlds, USA Gymnastics will provide enhanced coverage from Rotterdam that will include results and exclusive photos from the competition as well as daily video interviews. USA Gymnastics will also post event updates on its Facebook and Twitter pages and provide LIVE team scores and rankings from each day of Team USA competition @USA_GymEvents.
In addition to awarding world medals, the 2010 World Championships also determine the 24 countries that advance to the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo. Countries have two opportunities to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games, finishing in the top eight in the team competition at the 2011 World Championships or in the top four at the 2012 Olympic Test Event in London. World champions and medalists will be determined for both men and women in the team, all-around and individual events.