KATY, Texas (Oct. 22, 2022) – A roster that includes Olympic and World medalists, national champions and bright young stars was named on Saturday to USA Gymnastics’ women’s team for the 2022 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, October 29-Nov. 6 in Liverpool, GBR.
In alphabetical order, the roster includes:
Skye Blakely, Frisco, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics
Jade Carey, Phoenix, Ariz./Oregon State University
Jordan Chiles, Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre
Shilese Jones, Auburn, Wash./Ascend Gymnastics Center
Leanne Wong, Overland Park, Kan./University of Florida/Great American Gymnastics Express
Lexi Zeiss, Omaha, Neb./Twin City Twisters (replacement athlete)
While it will be the first World Championship appearances for all but Wong and Carey, who between them own five World Championships medals, the team is rife with international experience and recent success. Chiles and Carey are Olympic medalists, Jones is fresh off two titles at the 2022 U.S. Championships, and Blakely (17) and Zeiss (16) are teen talent leading the next wave of U.S. gymnasts.
Blakely, Carey, Chiles, Jones and Wong are slated to compete on Team USA’s five-woman roster, and Zeiss will serve as the traveling replacement athlete.
Jones rules on Day 1
The 2022 U.S. champion on floor and uneven bars, Jones earned an automatic roster spot as the highest-scoring all-arounder during Friday night’s competition. The national all-around runner-up posted a combined 56.700, including the top scores on vault (14.500) and uneven bars (14.500).
Jones was followed in Friday’s all-around by Olympic team silver medalist Chiles (56.100) and Olympic floor gold medalist and three-time World silver medalist Carey (55.450), who notched leading marks on floor exercise (14.250) and balance beam (13.750), respectively. Reigning Winter Cup all-around and floor silver medalist Blakely was fourth on Friday (54.650), followed in fifth by Wong (53.250), the 2021 World all-around silver medalist, floor bronze medalist and 2022 U.S. uneven bars champion. The 2022 Pan American all-around and team silver medalist, Zeiss was a very close sixth in Friday’s all-around with a 53.200.
In Saturday’s limited competition, athletes performed on two apparatus as the selection committee sought clarity on who would join Jones on the roster.
Top scores were posted Saturday by Jones on uneven bars (14.600), Blakely on beam (14.550) and Addison Fatta (Wrightsville, Pa./Prestige Gymnastics) on floor exercise (13.700).