GLASGOW, Great Britain, Oct. 27, 2015 – The U.S. women made U.S. gymnastics history by winning the team title at the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Great Britain, marking the first time the USA has won three consecutive World team titles. The U.S. men will compete in the men’s finals tomorrow at 5:55 p.m. local/1:55 p.m. U.S. Eastern time. Fans in the U.S. can watch coverage of Team USA, presented by AT&T, live on USAGymWorlds.com/live.
The United States tallied a total of 181.338, followed by China in second with 176.164 and Great Britain in third at 172.380.
The USA has now won the last three women’s World team titles (2011, 2014, 2015) and the team gold at the 2012 Olympic Games. This brings the USA’s total World team titles to five. Romania was the last country to win three consecutive women’s World team titles as part of their string of five in 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999 and 2001.
Two-time World all-around champion Simone Biles of Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre, made personal history with the team’s gold. She now ties Alicia Sacramone as the U.S. gymnasts with the most World medals at 10, and broke her own mark as the gymnast with the most World gold medals, adding her seventh.
In addition to Biles, the women on the U.S. squad are: Gabrielle Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va./Buckeye Gymnastics, Brenna Dowell of Odessa, Mo./GAGE; Madison Kocian of Dallas/WOGA; Maggie Nichols of Little Canada, Minn./Twin City Twisters; Aly Raisman of Needham, Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics; and MyKayla Skinner of Gilbert, Ariz./Desert Lights, who is the alternate.
On vault, Douglas started the USA off with a nearly perfect Yurchenko double full, earning a 15.233. Nichols threw a well-controlled Amanar for a 15.466. Biles, who anchored for the event, delivered her trademark sky-high Amanar for a 15.966. USA’s team score was 46.665 for first, followed by Russia at 45.766 and China at 45.632.
On the bars, Douglas led the way with a 15.333, executing a piked stalder full pirouette, piked Tkatchev, Pak salto combination. She dismounted with a stuck double layout. Kocian added a 15.300, closing with a stalder full to tucked full-out. Nichols posted a 14.800 in the lead off spot. The U.S. squad’s total was 45.433 for bars, taking the USA to 92.098. Russia remained in second with 89.640 and China in third at 87.932.
Nichols was again the lead off on the balance beam, earning a 13.966 for her routine that included a front aerial to sissone, back handspring, layout stepout series and a double pike dismount. Raisman made her team finals debut on the beam, executing a piked front to wolf jump to open her routine. She closed with an Arabian double front dismount for a 14.266. Biles was the anchor, and she delivered a team best 15.200 after opening with a solid barani and back handspring, layout stepout, layout stepout series. She dismounted with a tucked, full-twisting double back. The USA’s event total was 43.432, bringing their three event score to 135.530. Russia was second at 129.773, followed by Japan at 127.463.
Biles capped off the final rotation needing just 10.560 to ensure the U.S. its third straight World team title. She tumbled seemingly in the rafters with a layout full-out mount and followed it up with the Biles. She posted 15.733. Raisman controlled her signature one-and-a-half to Arabian double front punch layout mount. She stuck her double layout and earned a 15.025. Nichols mounted with a stuck tucked double-double to get the rotation underway and score 15.000. The U.S. squad posted a 45.808 for the team, raising the total score to 181.338.
Tomorrow, the U.S. men will compete in the men’s finals. The members of U.S. Men’s Team are: Chris Brooks of Houston/Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center); Danell Leyva of Miami, Fla./Team Hilton (Universal Gymnastics); Alexander Naddour of Queen Creek, Ariz./Team Hilton (USA Youth Fitness Center); Paul Ruggeri of Manlius, N.Y./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center); Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore, Md./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center); and Brandon Wynn of Voorhees, N.J./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center). Marvin Kimble of Milwaukee, Wis./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center), is the alternate.
Men’s line-up for team finals
Still rings: Naddour, Whittenburg, Wynn
Vault: Ruggeri, Whittenburg, Naddour
Parallel bars: Ruggeri, Whittenburg, Leyva
Horizontal bar: Brooks, Ruggeri, Leyva
Floor exercise: Whittenburg, Naddour, Ruggeri
Pommel horse: Leyva, Whittenburg, Naddour
NOTE: The U.S. men will begin on still rings.
This year’s World Championships, which conclude Nov. 1, are the first of two opportunities for countries to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The top eight teams from Glasgow advance to the 2016 Olympics, as well as any individual event medalists who are not on a qualifying team to the Olympics or Olympic Test Event. Countries ranked nine through 16 in the team rankings advance to the Olympic Test Event next April, where four more teams and various individual athletes will qualify for Rio.
Ways to follow the action
Here’s a quick overview of the ways to watch and follow the U.S. Team’s performances at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. Due to daylight saving time, from Oct. 19-24 and Nov. 1, Glasgow will be five hours ahead of the U.S. Eastern time zone. From Oct. 25-31, Glasgow will be four hours ahead of the Eastern time zone. For more information on the World Championships and the complete online and television schedule, go to USAGymWorlds.com. All coverage of the World Championships is presented by AT&T.
- Live streaming of the six finals sessions will be available on UniversalSports.com and USAGymWorlds.com/live.
- Oct. 28, men’s team final, 1:55 p.m. ET
- Oct. 29, women’s all-around final, 2:45 p.m. ET
- Oct. 30, men’s all-around final, 2:10 p.m. ET
- Oct. 31, individual event finals (men’s floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings; women’s vault, uneven bars), 9:30 a.m. ET
- Nov. 1, individual event finals (men’s vault, parallel bars, horizontal bar; women’s balance beam, floor exercise), 8:30 a.m. ET
- Universal Sports Network will air each finals session of the World Championships daily at 8 p.m. ET Oct. 27-30 and Nov. 1 and at 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 31. The network’s broadcast team includes Olympic gold medalists Bart Conner and Amanda Borden.
- NBC will broadcast delayed Worlds coverage on Oct. 31 at 2:30 p.m. and Nov. 1 at 12 p.m., with commentary from NBC Sports Group’s gymnastics team of Tim Daggett, 1984 Olympic team gold medalist, Nastia Liukin, 2008 Olympic all-around champion, and Al Trautwig.
- USA Gymnastics will provide enhanced coverage from Glasgow, including results, photos, interviews and the webcast. Fans can also follow the action on Facebook, facebook.com/USAGymnastics, and Twitter, @usagym, #FIGWorlds2015ART or #USAGymWorlds.
- Live scoring. The International Gymnastics Federation provides live scoring from its World Championships. For more information and access, go to fig-gymnastics.com.