USA advances to men's gymnastics team final
posted on 08/06/2016

© John Cheng

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 6, 2016 -- The U.S. Olympic Team for men’s gymnastics advanced to the team final by finishing second in the qualification round at the 2016 Olympic Games, held at the Rio Olympic Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sam Mikulak of Newport Coast, Calif./Team Hilton, and Chris Brooks of Houston, Texas/Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center), qualified for the all-around final. Additionally, four men advanced to the individual event finals. Competition continues tomorrow with the women’s qualification round; the U.S. women take the floor at 5:30 p.m. in the fourth of five subdivisions. The men’s team final is Monday, Aug. 8.

China finished first in the men’s qualification round with 270.461 points, followed by the USA in second with a 270.405 and Russia in third at 269.612. Scores from the qualification round do not carry forward to the final.

The U.S. Men's Team includes: Brooks; Jacob Dalton of Sparks, Nev./Team Hilton (University of Oklahoma); Mikulak; Danell Leyva of Miami/Team Hilton (Universal Gymnastics); and Alex Naddour of Queen Creek, Ariz./Team Hilton (USA Youth Fitness)

The gymnasts advancing to the individual finals are listed below.

    U.S. all-around finalists
    Sam Mikulak
    Chris Brooks

    U.S. individual event finalists
    Floor exercise: Mikulak, Dalton
    Pommel horse: Naddour
    Parallel bars: Leyva
    Horizontal bar: Leyva, Mikulak

Event scores for Team USA

 

  • Total: 270.405
  • Events: floor exercise – 46.100; pommel horse – 42.999; still rings – 44.466; vault – 45.333; parallel bars – 46.275; horizontal bar – 45.232.

Individual scores for Team USA:

  • Floor exercise: Naddour, 14.700; Brooks, 14.533; Mikulak, 15.800; Dalton, 15.600
  • Pommel horse: Leyva, 14.533; Brooks, 12.766; Mikulak, 13.100; Naddour, 15.366
  • Still rings: Brooks, 14.566; Mikulak, 14.533; Dalton, 14.900; Naddour, 15.000
  • Vault: Brooks, 14.400; Naddour, 15.100; Mikulak, 15.100; Dalton, 15.133 – first, 14.133-second, 14.633-average.
  • Parallel bars: Mikulak, 15.375; Dalton, 15.166; Brooks, 15.300; Leyva, 15.600.
  • Horizontal bar: Dalton, 14.333; Mikulak, 15.133; Brooks, 14.766; Leyva, 15.333.

All-around scores for USA

  • Sam Mikulak: all-around, 89.041; floor, 15.800; pommel horse, 13.100; still rings, 14.533; vault, 15.100; parallel bars, 15.375; horizontal bar, 15.133.
  • Chris Brooks: all-around, 86.331; floor, 14.533; pommel horse, 12.766; still rings, 14.566; vault, 14.400; parallel bars, 15.300; horizontal bar, 14.766.

Event highlights

  • Floor exercise
    • Mikulak – closed his routine with a stuck triple full; his other passes were two-and-a-half to double front, front full, Randi, one-and-a-half to front double full and a layout Thomas.
    • Dalton – opened with a great Arabian double layout and whip to Arabian double pike; stuck his triple full dismount.
  • Pommel horse
    • Leyva – began with two scissor to handstand elements, followed by single pommel work; handstand dismount to close.
    • Naddour – opened with two scissors to handstand; nice single pommel work, closed with a Magyar to Sivado and a handstand dismount.
  • Still rings
    • Dalton – opened with a kip to Maltese followed with a back uprise to Planche; ended with a tucked double-double.
    • Naddour – began with an Azarian Maltese, Azarian cross, back uprise Maltese combination before sticking his layout full-out dismount.
  • Vault: Naddour, Tsukahara double pike; Mikulak and Dalton, Kasamatsu double full.
  • Parallel bars
    • Mikulak – opened with a front toss, peach half, peach sequence; double front dismount.
    • Leyva – Trademark under-bar sequence start with peach, peach Diamidov, peach to one bar, peach full, giant Diamidov half, giant Diamidov, giant; double front dismount.
  • Horizontal bar
    • Mikulak – caught his Kolman with perfect swing out; full Takamoto to Yamawaki; stuck double-twisting, double layout.
    • Leyva – opened with a full Takamota to Yamawki; caught his layout Kovacs and Kolman smoothly; dismounted with a layout double-double.

Women’s gymnastics

  • The U.S.women’s team features: Simone Biles of Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre; Gabby Douglas of Tarzana, Calif./Buckeye Gymnastics; Laurie Hernandez of Old Bridge, N.J./MG Elite; Madison Kocian, Dallas, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics; and Aly Raisman, Needham, Mass./Brestyan's American Gymnastics.
  • The U.S. women’s line-up is: vault – Hernandez, Douglas, Raisman, Biles; uneven bars – Raisman, Biles, Douglas, Kocian; balance beam – Douglas, Raisman, Hernandez, Biles; and floor exercise – Douglas, Hernandez, Biles, Raisman.

Background

  • Advancing to finals. The top eight countries advance to the team final. The top 24 gymnasts in the all-around with a limit of two per country move on to the final. The top eight athletes in each event with a limit of two per country advance to the individual event finals. Scores from the qualification round do not carry forward to the finals.
  • Finals schedule. Aug. 8, men’s team; Aug. 9, women’s team; Aug. 10, men’s all-around; Aug. 11, women’s all-around; Aug. 14-16, individual events.

Ways to follow the action
NBC is the broadcast and web source for coverage and news on the Olympic Games.

  • NBCOlympics.com. NBCOlympics.com will carry live coverage of every gymnastics session as well as all sports, and maintain an archive for on-demand coverage. The gymnastics schedule is listed below.
    • Aug. 7, women’s qualification, 4:30 p.m. ET
    • Aug. 8, men’s team final, 3 p.m. ET
    • Aug. 9, women’s team final, 3 p.m. ET
    • Aug. 10, men’s all-around final, 3 p.m. ET
    • Aug. 11, women’s all-around final, 3 p.m. ET
    • Aug. 14, individual event finals, 1 p.m. ET
    • Aug. 15, individual event finals, 1 p.m. ET
    • Aug. 16, individual event finals, 1 p.m. ET
  • NBC. Gymnastics coverage is expected to appear in the primetime broadcast.
    • Aug. 7, women’s qualification, 8 p.m. ET
    • Aug. 8, men’s team final, 8 p.m. ET
    • Aug. 9, women’s team final, 8 p.m. ET
    • Aug. 10, men’s all-around final, 8 p.m. ET
    • Aug. 11, women’s all-around final, 8 p.m. ET

USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic Committee are also providing easy ways to follow the action from Rio.

  • USAGym2016.com. Original stories, athlete bios, schedules, results and more are available at usagym2016.com.
  • USAGym.org. The USA Gymnastics official website is a great source for information about the sport: latest news, the schedule of its premier events, athlete biographies, videos, photo galleries and more.
  • TeamUSA.org. The U.S. Olympic Committee’s website will also be a good resource for information on the Team USA in Rio.
  • Social Media. USA Gymnastics is providing live updates and exclusive content, including interviews and photos, on Facebook and Twitter (@USAGym).