U.S men vie for Youth Olympic Games berth at Junior Pan Am Championships
posted on 03/26/2014

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INDIANAPOLIS, March 26, 2014 Acaa In addition to event titles, a berth to the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, is on the line at the 2014 Junior Pan American Gymnastics Championships, which begin on March 28 at the Constancio Vieira Sports Gym in Aracaju, Brazil.

The U.S. men's team is comprised of: Davis Grooms of Katy, Texas/Champions Gymnastics; Marty Strech of Fountain Valley, Calif./Azarian U.S. Gymnastics Training Center; Matthew Wenske of Houston/Cypress Academy of Gymnastics; and Alec Yoder of Indianapolis, Ind./InterActive Academy. Maxim Andryushchenko of Chicago/Lake Shore Academy of Artistic Gymnastics, is the alternate.

The team and all-around competition is slated for March 28-29, with event finals on March 30. More than 300 participants are expected from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Cayman Islands, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, United States and Uruguay. The event features competition in both men's and women's gymnastics, but the USA is only competing in the men's division.

Eight men and nine women will represent the Americas in artistic gymnastics at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games Aug. 16-28 in Nanjing, China. Men must be 16-17 years old (born in 1997-98), and women must be 15 years old (born in 1999). Berths will be determined based on all-around rankings at the event, with a maximum of one per country. These qualifications are for the country not a specific athlete, and each country has its own selection procedures for naming its Youth Olympic Games participant.

If the USA qualifies for the Youth Olympic Games, eligible gymnasts must compete in both the Winter Cup Challenge (was held in February) and the 2014 U.S. Junior Olympic Championships, May 7-11 in Long Beach, Calif. In addition to performances at the two events, the Youth Olympic Games Selection Committee will also consider a number of factors, including the D (difficulty/start value) and E (execution) scores, and past domestic and international experience. The complete selection procedure is available here.