Five For Friday: Gymnastics

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Source:   —  April 08, 2016, at 11:30 AM

Three-time world all-around winner Simone Biles, who's on target to create her Olympic debut at the Rio de Janeiro two thousand sixteen Olympic Games, and two thousand twelve Olympian John Orozco are among the U.

Five For Friday: Gymnastics


The Pacific Rim Championships this weekend in Everett, Washington, has a positive Olympic feel. Three-time world all-around winner Simone Biles, who's on target to create her Olympic debut at the Rio de Janeiro two thousand sixteen Olympic Games, and two thousand twelve Olympian John Orozco are among the U. S. artistic gymnasts entered in the event. Orozco is the defending Pacific Rim all-around champion.

The U. S. trampoline squad includes two thousand twelve Olympian and two thousand fifteen Pan American Games silver medalist Steven Gluckstein.

A stacked field of Olympians, world championship medalists and two thousand sixteen Olympic hopefuls from more than nineteen Pacific Rim nations will compete in artistic, trampoline and rhythmic gymnastics Friday through Sun at the Xfinity Arena and Walt Price Learner Fitness Center.

Biles is the first woman to win three consecutive world all-around titles and has won a U. S.-record fourteen world championships medals. Joining her on the U. S. women’s team are two-time Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman, Brenna Dowell, Laurie Hernandez, Ashton Locklear and Ragan Smith. Raisman, Dowell and Biles were on the winning U. S. team in the two thousand fifteen world championships. Maggie Nichols, another member of the world championship team, withdrew from the Pacific Rim Championships due to a knee injury.

Orozco is joined by two thousand twelve Olympic teammates Sam Mikulak and Jake Dalton in the men’s competition, along with world medalists Donnell Whittenburg and Alex Naddour, and also Eddie Penev.

In addition to Steven Gluckstein, U. S. trampoline senior gymnasts are Jeffrey Gluckstein, Charlotte Drury and Shaylee Dunavin.

Aliya Protto and Brigita Budginas, team gold medalists in the two thousand fourteen Pacific Rim Championships, lead the U. S. rhythmic gymnastics team. Joining them are two thousand fifteen world team member Camilla Feeley, Nicole Kaloyanov, Heather Chan and Lili Mizuno.

The men’s team and all-around finals are Friday night, followed by women’s team and all-around finals on Saturday and individual event finals on Sunday. Rhythmic team and all-around finals are Friday and Saturday; men’s trampoline team finals are Friday; men’s and women’s trampoline finals are Saturday; and rhythmic individual event finals are Sunday.



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