U.S. women’s line-up is determined for team final for 2018 World Championships
posted on 10/29/2018

© John Cheng

DOHA, Qatar, Oct. 29, 2018 – The U.S. women’s line-up is set for the team final at the 2018 World Gymnastics Championships at the Aspire Dome in Doha, Qatar. The U.S. women’s team final is at 4 p.m. Doha time/9 a.m. ET on Oct. 30. The finals began today with the men’s team competition. The three countries that medal in the team competition advance to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. U.S. fans can watch the finals live at olympicchannel.com and on the Olympic Channel.

The U.S. women’s team includes Simone Biles of Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre; Kara Eaker of Grain Valley, Missouri/ Great American Gymnastics Express; Morgan Hurd of Middletown, Del./First State Gymnastics; Grace McCallum of Isanti, Minn./Twin City Twisters; Riley McCusker of Brielle, N.J./MG Elite. Ragan Smith of Lewisville, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics, is the alternate.

The women begin on vault and will be paired with Russia. Three athletes compete on each event, with all three scores counting.

    Vault: McCallum, Hurd, Biles
    Uneven bars: Hurd, McCusker, Biles
    Balance beam: McCusker, Eaker, Biles
    Floor exercise: Hurd, McCallum, Biles

Both Biles and Hurd will compete in the women’s all-around on Nov. 1. Biles will compete in all four event finals. The U.S. women will compete on both days: Nov. 2 – vault, Biles; uneven bars, Biles and Hurd; and Nov. 3, balance beam – Biles and Eaker; and floor exercise, Biles and Hurd.

The remaining finals schedule is: Oct. 30, women’s team, 9 a.m. ET; Oct. 31, men’s all-around, 9 a.m. ET; Nov. 1, women’s all-around; Nov. 2, event finals (men – floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings; women – vault, uneven bars), 9 a.m. ET; and Nov. 3, event finals (men – vault, parallel bars, horizontal bar; women – balance beam, floor exercise), 9 a.m. ET.

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