USA releases men's line-up for World Championships qualifying round on Oct. 26
posted on 10/24/2015

© John Cheng

GLASGOW, Great Britain, Oct. 24, 2015 – USA Gymnastics has determined the U.S. men’s line-up for the their qualifying round at the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Great Britain, on Oct. 26 at 4:30 p.m. local/12:30 p.m. U.S. Eastern time.  The U.S. men are competing in the seventh of the qualifying round’s eight subdivisions. The countries that qualify for men’s gymnastics at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will be determined after the conclusion of Subdivision 8.  Fans in the U.S. can watch coverage of Team USA, presented by AT&T, live on the USA Gymnastics YouTube channel or at USAGymWorlds.com/live.

The line-up for the U.S. men for the qualification round, where they start the competition on the still rings, is listed below.  The members of U.S. Men’s Team are: Chris Brooks of Houston/Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center); Danell Leyva of Miami, Fla./Team Hilton (Universal Gymnastics); Alexander Naddour of Queen Creek, Ariz./Team Hilton (USA Youth Fitness Center); Paul Ruggeri of Manlius, N.Y./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center); Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore, Md./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center); and Brandon Wynn of Voorhees, N.J./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center). Marvin Kimble of Milwaukee, Wis./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center), is the alternate.

Qualification round line-up
Still rings:  Leyva, Brooks, Naddour, Whittenburg, Wynn
Vault:  Leyva, Brooks, Ruggeri, Naddour, Whittenburg
Parallel bars:  Ruggeri, Wynn, Brooks, Whittenburg, Leyva
Horizontal bar:  Wynn, Ruggeri, Whittenburg, Brooks, Leyva
Floor exercise:  Naddour, Brooks, Ruggeri, Leyva, Whittenburg
Pommel horse:  Ruggeri, Brooks, Leyva, Whittenburg, Naddour
*Both Ruggeri and Whittenburg are competing two vaults.

The U.S. women will compete in the women’s team finals on Oct. 27 at 6:45 p.m. local time. The seven women on the U.S. squad are: Simone Biles of Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre; Gabrielle Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va./Buckeye Gymnastics; Brenna Dowell of Odessa, Mo./GAGE; Madison Kocian of Dallas/WOGA; Maggie Nichols of Little Canada, Minn./Twin City Twisters; Aly Raisman of Needham, Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics; and MyKayla Skinner of Gilbert, Ariz./Desert Lights, who is the alternate.

This year’s World Championships, which conclude Nov. 1, are the first of two opportunities for countries to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The top eight teams from Glasgow advance to the 2016 Olympics, as well as any individual event medalists who are not on a qualifying team to the Olympics or Olympic Test Event. Countries ranked nine through 16 in the team rankings advance to the Olympic Test Event next April, where four more teams and various individual athletes will qualify for Rio.

In Glasgow, world champions and medalists will be determined for both men and women in the team, all-around and individual events. The qualification round determines which countries and athletes advance to the team and individual event finals, respectively: team finals – top eight countries; all-around finals – top 24, maximum two per country; and individual event finals – top eight, maximum two per country, for each apparatus.

Ways to follow the action
Here's a quick overview of the ways to watch and follow the U.S. Team's performances at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Great Britain. Due to daylight saving time, from Oct. 19-24 and Nov. 1, Glasgow will be five hours ahead of the U.S. Eastern time zone. From Oct. 25-31, Glasgow will be four hours ahead of the Eastern time zone. For more information on the World Championships and the complete online and television schedule, go to USAGymWorlds.com. All coverage of the World Championships is presented by AT&T.

  • USAGymWorlds.com will have live webcasts (U.S. viewers only) of U.S. podium training and selected qualification sessions, including those that feature U.S. athletes. The coverage will also be archived for on-demand viewing.
    • Oct. 24, U.S. women’s qualification round –11:30 a.m. ET, Subdivision 10
    • Oct. 26, U.S. men’s qualification round – 12:30 p.m. ET, Subdivision 7.
  • Live streaming of the six finals sessions will be available on UniversalSports.com and USAGymWorlds.com.
    • Oct. 27, women’s team final, 2:45 p.m. ET
    • Oct. 28, men’s team final, 1:55 p.m. ET
    • Oct. 29, women’s all-around final, 2:45 p.m. ET
    • Oct. 30, men’s all-around final, 2:10 p.m. ET
    • Oct. 31, individual event finals (men’s floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings; women’s vault, uneven bars), 9:30 a.m. ET
    • Nov. 1, individual event finals (men’s vault, parallel bars, horizontal bar; women’s balance beam, floor exercise), 8:30 a.m. ET
  • Universal Sports Network will air each finals session of the World Championships daily at 8 p.m. ET Oct. 27-30 and Nov. 1 and at 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 31. The network’s broadcast team includes Olympic gold medalists Bart Conner and Amanda Borden.
  • NBC will broadcast delayed Worlds coverage on Oct. 31 at 2:30 p.m. and Nov. 1 at 12 p.m., with commentary from NBC Sports Group’s gymnastics team of Tim Daggett, 1984 Olympic team gold medalist, Nastia Liukin, 2008 Olympic all-around champion, and Al Trautwig.
  • USA Gymnastics will provide enhanced coverage from Glasgow, including results, photos, interviews and the webcast. Fans can also follow the action on Facebook, facebook.com/USAGymnastics, and Twitter, @usagym, #FIGWorlds2015ART or #USAGymWorlds.
  • Live scoring. The International Gymnastics Federation provides live scoring from its World Championships. For more information and access, go to fig-gymnastics.com.