U.S. men's team is ready to compete following successful podium training
posted on 10/23/2011
Photos by Grace Chiu

GUADALAJARA, Mexico, Oct. 23, 2011 – The U.S. Men's Team had their first chance to test the competition equipment during podium training today at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. The men's team competition, which serves as the qualification for all-around and individual event finals, is Tuesday, Oct. 25, and the U.S. men are competing in the first subdivision. The women's team finals are Monday, Oct. 24, and the U.S. women compete in the second subdivision.

The members of the U.S. Men's Team are: Donothan Bailey of Lake Forest, Calif./University of California – Berkeley; C.J. Maestas of Corrales, N.M./University of Illinois; Sho Nakamori of Albany, Calif./Champions Academy; Tyler Mizoguchi of Houston, Texas/University of Illinois; Paul Ruggeri of Manlius, N.Y; and Brandon Wynn of Columbus, Ohio/Team Hilton HHonors (Ohio State University).

"We really did well today," said Wynn, who is the team captain, "but there's more to be done for the team competition. The goal is not to be perfect at podium training, and we are all going to step up and do better and hope to bring home gold."

The artistic gymnastics field features 114 male and female competitors from 18 differentcountries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica,Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, United States, and Venezuela.

Competition begins on Oct. 24 with the women's team finals (the USA competes in the second subdivision), followed by the men's team finals on Oct. 25 (the men compete in the first subdivision). For both men's and women's gymnastics, performances during the team finals determine which athletes advance to the all-around finals on Oct. 26 and the individual event finals, Oct. 27-28. There is a maximum of two athletes per country in the all-around and individual event finals.

The members of the U.S. Women's Team are: Bridgette Caquatto of Naperville, Ill./Legacy Elite Gymnastics LLC; Jessie DeZiel of Rogers, Minn./Twin City Twisters; Brandie Jay of Ft. Collins, Colo./GK Gymnastics; Shawn Johnson of West Des Moines, Iowa/Chow's Gymnastics and Dance Institute; Grace McLaughlin of Allen, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics; and Bridget Sloan of Pittsboro, Ind./Sharp's Gymnastics Academy.

 

Competition schedule
All times Eastern
Oct. 24 2:00-7:30 P.M. Women's team finals; qualifications for all- around, individual event finals
    (U.S., Sub 2, 5:00-7:30 p.m.)
Oct. 25 2:00-7:30 P.M. Men's team finals; qualifications for all- around, individual event finals
    (U.S., Sub 1, 2:00-4:30 p.m.)
Oct. 26 2:00-4:00 P.M. Women's all-around finals
  6:30-9:00 P.M. Men's all-around finals
Oct. 27 2:00- 5:00 P.M. Individual event finals
    Men: floor exercise, pommel horse still rings
    Women: vault, uneven bars
Oct. 28 2:00-5:00 P.M. Individual event finals
    Men: vault, parallel bars, horizontal bar
    Women: balance beam, floor exercise

 

Ways to follow the excitement of the Pan American Games in the U.S.
  • TV broadcast

    • ESPN Deportes, U.S. rights holder of the 2011 Pan American Games, is showing between 90-120 hours of live and exclusive footage on both Deportes and ESPN3. The network has been broadcasting a minimum of three hours of live coverage featuring the top events each day and will continue to do so throughout the Closing Ceremony. Coverage will feature a wide range of competitions including baseball, basketball, boxing, soccer, swimming, track & field, volleyball and several others.
    • Live events may not be seen in some areas and the schedule is subject to change. All listed times are Eastern. View the ESPN Deportes broadcast schedule here.
    • ESPN2 is also airing the Pan American Games with 20 hours of English-language coverage throughout the event. View the schedule here.

     

  • Live internet streaming - Fans can watch select events live at deportes.terra.com.

  • Results

    • To view daily schedules and get results from all Pan American Games competitions, visit info.guadalajara2011.org.mx.
    • ESPNDeportes.com/Panamericanos has the latest news and information surrounding the competitions, athletes and each country with exclusive content, video highlights, live chats with the experts on-site, and live scores.

     

  • Team information

    • USA Gymnastics' Pan American events page, http://usagym.org/panam, and twitter feed @USAGym, will have results, photos and other information on the U.S. Team's efforts in Guadalajara.
    • Follow @USOlympic on Twitter for breaking news updates on Team USA. Also, follow NGB Twitter feeds for additional coverage: Twitter.com/USOlympic/NGB.
    • Visit TeamUSA.org/events/6958 for the updated U.S. roster (by sport, state and Olympians), the USA Daily newsletter and photos from the Pan American Games.