LIVERPOOL, Great Britain (October 26, 2022) – Multiple World medalists and Olympians headline the U.S. contingent for the 2022 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, which kick off this weekend at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena. The competition will run October 29-November 6 and will feature more than 400 gymnasts from 74 countries. Fourteen team and individual titles up for grabs. Six team spots for the upcoming Paris Olympic Games are also set to be awarded.
On the men’s side, reigning World pommel horse champion Stephen Nedoroscik (Worcester, Mass./Penn State University) is back to defend his title. Individual bronze medalists Brody Malone (Aragon, Ga./Stanford University, horizontal bar, 2021) and Donnell Whittenburg (Baltimore, Md./Salto Gymnastics, vault, 2015), who captured the top-two all-around spots at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in August, are also in the lineup and will anchor a young and hungry group that includes first-year senior Asher Hong (Tomball, Texas/Stanford University) and college standout Colt Walker (Cedar Park, Texas/Stanford University).
The U.S. women are led by Olympic medalists Jade Carey (Phoenix, Ariz./Oregon State University), who captured the floor exercise title at last year’s delayed Tokyo Games, and Jordan Chiles (Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre), who banked team silver, in their quest to secure a sixth-straight team title. That effort will be bolstered by 2022 Pan American Championships all-around bronze medalist Skye Blakely (Frisco, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics), 2022 U.S. all-around runner up Shilese Jones (Auburn, Wash./Ascend Gymnastics Center) and 2021 World all-around silver medalist Leanne Wong (Overland Park, Kan./University of Florida/Great American Gymnastics Express).
College programs are well-represented among the U.S. delegation. Three active Stanford gymnasts, including three-time NCAA team champion and 2019 and 2021 NCAA all-around winner Malone, will take on the men’s field. Meanwhile, Carey, Chiles and Wong are each coming off successful freshman campaigns and are balancing elite and college gymnastics as they eye a run at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.
The 2022 World Championships are the first to utilize the updated International Gymnastics Federation Code of Points, which govern the current Olympic cycle. Results will help determine the composition of the team competition for Paris 2024, as the top-three placing men’s and women’s teams will clinch their country an automatic team berth. The remaining nine team spots will be awarded based on the outcome of the 2023 World Championships.
Women’s qualifications lead off nine days of world-class competition Saturday. U.S. gymnasts will take the floor with Subdivision 1, beginning at 2:45 p.m. ET. Men’s qualifications will follow Monday with Team USA due up at 5:30 a.m. ET, also with Subdivision 1.
Team and individual medalists will be decided November 1-6. The women’s team champion will be crowned Tuesday, November 1 at 2:30 p.m. ET. The men’s team final is set for Wednesday at 1:40 p.m. ET. The women’s all-around final will play out Thursday at 2:45 p.m. ET, while the top men’s all-arounder will be determined Friday at 2 p.m. ET. The men’s floor exercise, pommel horse and still rings and women’s vault and uneven bars titles will be awarded Saturday, starting at 9:30 a.m. ET. Men’s vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar and women’s balance beam and floor exercise finals will close out competition Sunday from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET.
NBC’s Peacock will stream all medal-round sessions live November 1-6. Coverage will begin 15 minutes before the start of competition. A compilation of key highlights will also air on NBC Saturday, November 5 at noon ET.
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