Olympic Games Selection Procedures

Summary of selection procedures for men's and women's artistic gymnastics and trampoline
This is a summary of the official selection procedures, which are posted in their entirety above. This is not official text, but rather a quick overview of the procedures for selecting the gymnasts that will represent the USA in the 2012 Olympic Games.

Women

The U.S. Women's Olympic Team will consist of five team members. The USA qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games at the 2011 World Championships.

Athletes will qualify to the Olympic Team in the following manner.

  1. The individual all-around champion from the combined two-day competition at the U.S. Olympic Trials automatically qualifies for the U.S. Olympic Team.
  2. The remaining four athletes and up to three replacement athletes will be determined by the selection committee from among the competitors at the U.S. Olympic Trials.
  3. The final U.S. Olympic Team and replacement athletes will be announced at the Olympic Trials, pending approval by the U.S. Olympic Committee.
  4. Petitions to the 2012 Visa Championships and/or U.S. Olympic Trials will be considered by the selection committee from among athletes who have legitimate injuries, illness, or unusual circumstances and who have demonstrated a high level of international potential within the last year. Athletes are not eligible to petition directly to the Olympic Team.
  5. Athletes must be at least 16 years old by Dec. 31, 2012.
Men

The U.S. Men's Olympic Team will consist of five team members. The USA qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games at the 2011 World Championships.

Athletes will qualify to the Olympic Team in the following manner.

  1. The top two all-around athletes, based on the combined final results of the 2012 Visa Championships and U.S. Olympic Trials, automatically qualify to the Olympic Team as long as each athlete also places within the top three scores on three of the six individual events.
  2. Two athletes – either by automatic qualification or selected by committee – will be identified immediately following the conclusion of the men's competition at the U.S. Olympic Trials with the remaining three Olympic Team athletes and the replacement athletes selected within 24 hours at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. The selection committee may name up to three replacement athletes to the Olympic Team at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials based on discretionary criteria. Up to five athletes may be selected if no athlete meets the automatic qualification criteria.
  3. Petitions directly to the Olympic Team may only be submitted by athletes who were on the 2008 Olympic Team or 2009-11 World Championships Teams, and/or an athlete who has participated in a selection event and is in the top three of the National Points Ranking System based on completed competitions. Any petitioning athlete must have an injury, illness, or special circumstance that prohibits him from fully participating in the selection process.
  4. Athletes must be at least 16 years old by Dec. 31, 2012.
Trampoline

The USA qualified for one Olympic spot in men's and women's trampoline. The women qualified at the 2011 World Championships. The U.S. men earned a spot following the 2012 Visa International Gymnastics event in January.

  1. The first-ranked male and female gymnast based on the Olympic Selection Points System will represent the USA in the Olympic Games.
  2. Discretionary criteria will be used to select replacement athletes.
  3. Athletes earn points based on their finishes at the three selection events. Only two of the three competitions count toward the final ranking, dropping the lowest points.
  4. The three selection events are: the U.S. Elite Challenge, March 30-April 1; the Stars and Stripes Cup, May 11-13; and a final selection event held in conjunction with the U.S. Championships, June 27-28.
  5. Athletes must qualify to and participate in the U.S. Championships to be eligible for nomination to the Olympic Team.
  6. To receive Olympic Selection Points at any of the three selection events, gymnasts must perform 20 skills in the preliminaries, and men must have a 14.8 degree of difficulty and women must have a 12.8 degree of difficulty in the optional routine in both prelims and finals. The final selection event will serve as the tie-breaker if two athletes have the same number of points at the conclusion of the process.
  7. Athletes must be at least 18 years old by Dec. 31, 2012.
Rhythmic

Based on her finish at the 2011 World Championships, Julie Zetlin was the highest place finisher from the Americas at Worlds, and qualified to the Olympic Games as a continental representative following the 2012 Visa International Gymnastics event in London.