U.S. men's line-up announced for Saturday at 2015 Pan Am Games
posted on 07/10/2015

© Grace Chiu

TORONTO, Ont., Canada, July 10 2015 – The men open the gymnastics competition at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Ont., Canada, on Saturday, July 11. The U.S. men compete at 2:30 p.m. ET at the Toronto Coliseum in the first of two subdivisions in the team finals, which also serve as qualification to the all-around and individual event finals. The women’s team finals are on Sunday, July 12. ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3 will be carrying coverage of the Pan Am Games, with some of it live.

The USA starts on the floor exercise, and the other countries in the subdivision are Brazil, Canada, Colombia and Puerto Rico in the team competition, with individual athletes from Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and Trinidad and Tobago. The U.S. Pan American Men’s Gymnastics Team includes: Marvin Kimble of Milwaukee, Wis./U.S. Olympic Training Center; Steven Legendre of Norman, Okla./Team Hilton (University of Oklahoma); Sam Mikulak of Newport Coast, Calif./Team Hilton (USOTC); Paul Ruggeri of Manlius, N.Y./Team Hilton (USOTC); and Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore, Md./Team Hilton (USOTC).

The U.S. men’s line-up for July 11 is listed below. The format is four gymnasts compete on each apparatus, with three scores counting toward the team score.
Floor exercise: Whittenburg, Legendre, Ruggeri, Mikulak
Pommel horse: Legendre, Whittenburg, Kimble, Mikulak
Still rings: Legendre, Kimble, Mikulak, Whittenburg
Vault: Ruggeri, Legendre, Mikulak, Whittenburg
Parallel bars: Kimble, Ruggeri, Mikulak, Whittenburg
Horizontal bar: Kimble, Ruggeri, Whittenburg, Mikulak

The U.S. women also are competing in the first subdivision and starting on floor, scheduled for 10:45 a.m. on July 12. Mexico will be competing with the USA in the team competition in that subdivision, along with individual athletes from the Bahamas, Bolivia, Chile, Dominican Republic, Peru and Uruguay. The five members of the U.S. Pan American Women’s Gymnastics Team are: Madison Desch of Lenexa, Kan./GAGE; Rachel Gowey of Urbandale, Iowa/Chow's Gymnastics; Amelia Hundley of Fairfield, Ohio/Cincinnati Gymnastics; Emily Schild of Huntersville, N.C./Everest Gymnastics; and Megan Skaggs of Marietta, Ga./Gymnastics Academy of Atlanta. The women’s competition has three subdivisions.

The artistic gymnastics schedule is: July 11 – men’s team final and all-around and individual event qualification (USA, Subdivision 1); July 12 – women’s team final and all-around and individual event qualification (USA, Subdivision 1); July 13 – men’s and women’s all-around finals; and July 14-15 – men’s and women’s individual event finals.

Trampoline follows on the heels of artistic gymnastics, with men’s and women’s qualifications and finals on July 18-19. The U.S. squad features: men – Logan Dooley of Lake Forest, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, and Steven Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy; and women – Charlotte Drury of Laguna Niguel, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, and Clare Johnson of Huntsville, Ala./The Matrix.

For rhythmic gymnastics, Jazzy Kerber of Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, and Laura Zeng of Libertyville, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, are competing, along with the senior rhythmic group. The members of the rhythmic gymnastics group, who train at North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, are: Kiana Eide of Northbrook, Ill.; Alisa Kano of Glencoe, Ill.; Natalie McGiffert of Northbrook, Ill.; Monica Rokhman of Northbrook, Ill.; Jennifer Rokhman of Northbrook, Ill.; and Kristen Shaldybin of Chicago. Rhythmic qualifications are July 17-18, with finals on July 19-20.

For more information, go to Toronto2015.org.

ESPN and ESPN2 will present live 66 hours. ESPN’s telecasts will kick off with the Opening Ceremony on Friday, July 10, at 7:30 p.m. – marking the first English-language live presentation of the ceremony in 30 years – and wrap up with a five-hour live window on July 26 for the closing day of the Games, starting at 1:00 p.m. Between July 11- 25, ESPN2 will present two to six hours of daily live coverage focused on men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball, diving, swimming, gymnastics, boxing, track and field, and soccer. The network will also present daily highlights of all medal winners and the action across every venue.

ESPN3 will carry 580 hours of Pan American Games programming, with live access to almost every competition in more than 15 different disciplines, including basketball, gymnastics, swimming, diving, soccer, volleyball, karate, taekwondo, track and field, and many others.

Every Pan American coverage option on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, Longhorn Network, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes+ will also be available through WatchESPN, accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360, and Xbox One to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.