© John Cheng

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, Oct. 18, 2010 – With five of 10 preliminary rounds completed, the United States is second in the men’s team rankings at the 2010 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, Oct. 16-24, in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The men’s qualification round finishes up tomorrow, Oct. 19, when the teams and individuals who advance to the final rounds will be determined. The women’s team finals are Oct. 20, with the men’s on Oct. 21, both at 5 p.m. local time (11 a.m. ET).

The U.S. men posted a team total of 357.092, which puts them behind Japan at 361.400 and just ahead of Great Britain’s 357.033. The USA’s team score for the six apparatus were: 57.832, floor exercise; 55.999, pommel horse; 59.399, still rings; 63.657, vault; 59.540, parallel bars; and 60.665, horizontal bar, which is the highest thus far.

“They did a great job,” said Kevin Mazeika, the men’s national team coordinator for USA Gymnastics. “They fought hard from beginning to the end. We hit at 90 percent, and we’ve got a little room for improvement. We’re looking forward to team finals and a great competition.”

The members of the World Team are: Chris Brooks of Houston/University of Oklahoma; Chris Cameron of Winter Haven, Fla./University of Michigan; Jonathan Horton of Houston/Cypress Gymnastics; Steven Legendre of Flower Mound, Texas/University of Oklahoma; Danell Leyva of Miami/Universal Gymnastics; and Brandon Wynn of Voorhees, N.J./Ohio State University. Paul Ruggeri of Manlius, N.Y./University of Illinois, is the alternate.

“One word for our team is persistent,” said Horton. “We persisted through a lot of things that could have gone wrong today and I think that is the power of this team. We fight. That is part of our team motto; we fight through everything and never quit. If we stay on, do a good job, we’re going to be right there in the mix of everything. We believe in ourselves, and we know what we can do. It’s going to be an incredible time in team finals.”

The World Championships features team, all-around and individual event competition. Qualification rounds determine advancement to the team, all-around, and apparatus finals. The women’s qualification rounds are Oct. 16-17, with the men’s Oct. 18-19. The top eight teams compete in the team finals on Oct. 20 (women) and 21 (men). The top 24 individuals compete in the all-around final on Oct. 22 (men and women). For individual events, the top eight on each apparatus from the qualification rounds advance to the finals (Oct. 23-24). A maximum of two gymnasts per country advances to the all-around and individual event finals.

Fans can follow the action on both Universal Sports and NBC Sports. Universal Sports is carrying a live webcast on universalsports.com and providing same-day, tape-delayed primetime broadcasts on its cable network for all of the final rounds, as well as hosting "Around the Gym, presented by AT&T" after each night’s broadcast to recap the day’s performance and preview the upcoming competition. The live webcast for all of the final rounds is only $9.99 with the code USAGYMFAN. NBC Sports will broadcast coverage on Oct. 23 and 24. For the complete web and TV schedules, go to usagym.org/worlds.

On its official website usagym.org/worlds, USA Gymnastics will provide enhanced coverage from Rotterdam that will include results and exclusive photos from the competition as well as daily video interviews. USA Gymnastics will also post event updates on its Facebook and Twitter pages and provide LIVE team scores and rankings from each day of Team USA competition @USA_GymEvents.

In addition to awarding world medals, the 2010 World Championships also determine the 24 countries that advance to the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo. Countries have two opportunities to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games, finishing in the top eight in the team competition at the 2011 World Championships or in the top four at the 2012 Olympic Test Event in London. World champions and medalists will be determined for both men and women in the team, all-around and individual events.

Photos by John Cheng and Steven Rasmussen

2010 World Championships
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Ahoy Arena
October 18, 2010
After five of 10 subdivisions
First of two days of preliminary rounds

Team rankings (after five of 10 preliminary sessions concluded)
1. Japan, 361.400
2. United States, 357.092
3. Great Britain, 357.033

U.S. men’s team’s individual scores

Horizontal bar
Steven Legendre, 14.266
Brandon Wynn, 14.066
Chris Brooks, 15.500
Danell Leyva, 15.633
Jonathan Horton, 15.266

Floor exercise
Brandon Wynn, 13.933
Chris Brooks, 13.966
Danell Leyva, 13.900
Jonathan Horton, 14.700
Steven Legendre, 15.233

Pommel horse
Danell Leyva, 13.900
Chris Brooks, 14.033
Steven Legendre, 13.700
Jonathan Horton, 13.733
Chris Cameron, 14.333

Still rings
Danell Leyva, 14.433
Steven Legendre, 14.333
Chris Cameron, 13.866
Jonathan Horton, 15.233
Brandon Wynn, 15.400

Danell Leyva, 15.658
Chris Brooks, 15.933
Brandon Wynn, 15.833
Jonathan Horton, 15.900
Steven Legendre, 15.991

Parallel bars
Brandon Wynn, 13.200
Steven Legendre, 14.633
Jonathan Horton, 14.766
Chris Brooks, 14.908
Danell Leyva, 15.233