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Trio of Olympians leads five-gymnast U.S. contingent for Paris World Challenge Cup
posted on 09/23/2022

PARIS (September 23, 2022) - Olympians Jade Carey (Phoenix, Ariz./Oregon State University), Jordan Chiles (Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre) and Brody Malone (Aragon, Ga./Stanford University) headline the five-person squad representing the U.S. at this weekend's FIG World Challenge Cup in Paris, France. The trio will be joined by 2022 U.S. all-around runners up Shilese Jones (Auburn, Wash./Ascend Gymnastics Center) and Donnell Whittenburg (Baltimore, Md./Salto Gymnastics). In all, nearly 40 countries will be represented as men's and women's apparatus champions are crowned at Accor Arena - the future site of gymnastics competition at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

The event will mark the first time Carey, the reigning Olympic gold medalist on floor exercise, and Chiles, who earned team silver in Tokyo, will return to international competition since the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games concluded. Both gymnasts enjoyed standout freshman seasons in the NCAA ranks earlier this year and recently returned to the elite stage at the 2022 U.S. Championships.

Malone and Whittenburg, who are World individual bronze medalists on horizontal bar and vault, respectively, will compete on all six men's apparatus. On the women's side, Carey will take on vault and balance beam. Chiles is set to compete on vault, uneven bars and floor exercise, and Jones will tackle uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise.

Only two gymnasts per country are allowed to participate on each apparatus during Saturday's qualifications. The top-eight scorers will advance to Sunday's finals.

Men's floor exercise, pommel horse and still rings qualifications kick off Saturday at 7:30 a.m. ET, with women's vault and uneven bars qualifications set to begin at 8 a.m. ET. Men's vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar and women's balance beam and floor exercise finalists will be determined during the day's second session, which is scheduled to get under way at 1:50 p.m. ET.

The men's floor final will lead off a full slate of championship action Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET. The pommel horse and women's vault finals will run concurrently at 8:06 a.m. ET followed by the still rings and uneven bars finals at 8:44 a.m. ET. After a short break, the men's vault and women's balance beam titles will be decided at 10:10 a.m. ET. The parallel bars and women's floor exercise finals will commence at 10:48 a.m. ET, and the horizontal bar final will wrap competition at 11:27 a.m. ET.

Live scoring will be available on the event's official website. Sport en France will air the finals Sunday, beginning at 10:05 a.m. ET.