Smith, Hurd advance to women’s all-around finals at 2017 World Championships
posted on 10/04/2017

© John Cheng

MONTREAL, Que., Canada, Oct. 4, 2017 – Ragan Smith of Lewisville, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics, and Morgan Hurd of Middletown, Del./First State Gymnastics, both advanced to the women’s all-around finals at the 2017 World Championships at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Que., Canada, on Friday, Oct. 6. In addition to Hurd and Smith, Jade Carey of Phoenix, Ariz./Oasis Gymnastics, and Ashton Locklear of Hamlet, N.C./Everest Gymnastics, will compete in event finals. Competition continues tomorrow with the men’s all-around finals, which includes the USA’s Yul Moldauer of Arvada, Colo./University of Oklahoma. Live web coverage of the finals is available at usagymworlds.com, NBC Sports.com/Live and the NBC Sports app.

The U.S. women who will compete in the event finals are: vault, Carey; uneven bars, Locklear; balance beam, Hurd; and floor exercise, Carey and Smith.

U.S. women’s event scores

    Carey: vault, 14.849, average (15.066, 1st, and 14.633, 2nd); floor exercise, 14.100
    Hurd: all-around, 54.832; vault, 14.466; uneven bars, 14.333; balance beam, 13.500; floor exercise, 12.533
    Locklear: uneven bars, 14.566; balance beam, 12.333
    Smith: all-around, 55.932; vault, 14.466; uneven bars, 14.133; balance beam, 12.900; floor exercise, 14.433

U.S. women who advanced to finals, with the qualification ranking in parentheses.

  • All-around: Hurd (6), Smith (2)
  • Vault: Carey (2)
  • Uneven bars: Locklear (6)
  • Balance beam: Hurd (2)
  • Floor exercise: Carey (3), Smith (1)

This year’s World Championships is an individual World Championships, which means World champions for the men’s and women’s all-around and individual events are determined but there is not a team competition. Athletes advance to the respective event finals based on performances in the qualification round, with a max of two per country.

U.S. men competing in the finals, with the qualification ranking in parentheses.

  • Moldauer: all-around (7), floor exercise (3)
  • Alex Naddour, Queen Creek, Ariz./USA Youth Fitness Center: pommel horse (3)
  • Donnell Whittenburg, Baltimore, Md./U.S. Olympic Training Center: floor exercise (2)
  • Naddour and Whittenburg are the first and second reserve athletes for still rings. 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.

Event schedule
The remaining World Championships’ competition schedule is as follows.

    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.

  • Live webcasts.
  • Cable TV. The Olympic Channel will air the men’s and women’s all-around finals of the 2017 World Championships live on Oct. 5 and 6 at 7 p.m. ET. In addition, NBC Sports Network will provide live coverage of the second day of event finals on Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. ET. Live webstreams of the finals sessions will also be available at USAGymWorlds.com.
  • NBC. NBC will broadcast coverage of the Worlds on Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. ET, hosted by NBC Sports Group’s gymnastics team of Tim Daggett, 1984 Olympic team gold medalist, Nastia Liukin, 2008 Olympic all-around champion, and John Roethlisberger, three-time Olympian.
  • USAGymWorlds.com. USA Gymnastics will provide enhanced coverage from Montreal, including results, photos, interviews and the webcast. Fans can also follow the action on Facebook, facebook.com/USAGymnastics, and Twitter, @usagym, or by using #MTL2017GYM.
  • Live scoring. The International Gymnastics Federation provides live scoring from its World Championships. For more information and access, go to fig-gymnastics.com.

Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. Its mission is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in the sport. Its disciplines include men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics and Gymnastics for All (formerly known as group gymnastics). For more complete information, log on to usagym.org.