Moldauer, Naddour, Whittenburg advance to men’s finals at 2017 World Championships
posted on 10/03/2017

© John Cheng

MONTREAL, Que., Canada, Oct. 3, 2017 – Yul Moldauer of Arvada, Colo./University of Oklahoma, will compete in the men’s all-around final after placing seventh in the qualification rankings at the 2017 World Championships at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Que., Canada. Alex Naddour of Queen Creek, Ariz./USA Youth Fitness Center, and Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore, Md./U.S. Olympic Training Center, also will compete in event finals. The U.S. women compete in Subdivision 5, the last women’s qualification round, on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. USA Gymnastics is providing live webcasts of the U.S. competitive sessions and all finals at usagymworlds.com.

The U.S. men competing in the event finals are listed below. Ranking in the qualification standings is included in parentheses, but scores do not carry forward to the finals. The top eight, with a maximum of two per country, advanced to the individual event finals, with the top 24 qualifying for the all-around final.

  • Moldauer, all-around (7), floor exercise (3)
  • Naddour, pommel horse (3)
  • Whittenburg, floor exercise (2)

Naddour and Whittenburg are the first and second reserve athletes for still rings, respectively. Eddie Penev of Rochester, N.Y./U.S. Olympic Training Center, is the second reserve athlete for vault. Whittenburg is also the second reserve athlete for the parallel bars. Marvin Kimble of Milwaukee, Wis./Salto Gymnastics Center, is the second reserve athlete for the horizontal bar. Sam Mikulak of Newport Coast, Calif./U.S. Olympic Training Center, also competed for the U.S. Team.

The 2017 U.S. Women's Team, who will compete on Oct. 4 in the qualification round, features Jade Carey, Phoenix, Ariz./Oasis Gymnastics; Morgan Hurd, Middletown, Del./First State Gymnastics; Ashton Locklear, Hamlet, N.C./Everest Gymnastics; and Ragan Smith, Lewisville, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics. Jordan Chiles of Vancouver, Wash./Naydenov Gymnastics, is the non-traveling replacement athlete.

Athletes advance to the event finals at this year’s World Championships, an individual World Championships, based on performances during the qualification rounds, with a max of two per country. Women qualification rounds wrap up on Oct. 4. Athletes are vying for World titles for the men’s and women’s all-around and individual events.

Event schedule
The remaining World Championships’ competition schedule is as follows. The qualification rounds with U.S. athletes are in boldface.

    Qualification rounds
    Oct. 3 – Women: 4 p.m. ET, Subdivision 1; 7 p.m. ET, Subdivision 2.
    Oct. 4 – Women: 1:30 p.m. ET, Subdivision 3; 4 p.m. ET, Subdivision 4; 7 p.m. ET, Subdivision 5*.
    All-Around finals
    Oct. 5 – 7 p.m. ET, men’s all-around final
    Oct. 6 –7 p.m. ET, women’s all-around final
    Individual event finals
    Oct. 7 – men’s floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings; women’s vault, uneven bars, 1 p.m. ET.
    Oct. 8 – men’s vault, parallel bars, horizontal bar; women’s balance beam, floor exercise; closing ceremony, 1 p.m. ET.

The 2017 U.S. Women's Team, who will compete on Oct. 3 in the qualification round, features Jade Carey, Phoenix, Ariz./Oasis Gymnastics; Morgan Hurd, Middletown, Del./First State Gymnastics; Ashton Locklear, Hamlet, N.C./Everest Gymnastics; and Ragan Smith, Lewisville, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics. Jordan Chiles of Vancouver, Wash./Naydenov Gymnastics, is the non-traveling replacement athlete.

Ways to follow the action
Here's a quick overview of the various ways to watch and follow the U.S. Team's performances at the 2017 World Championships in Montreal. For more information on the World Championships, please go to USAGymWorlds.com.

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