This weekend boasts one of the most exciting meets of the spring, as it gives us a first look at many of the US gymnasts. The City of Jesolo Trophy will be held March 25–29, with team, all-around and event finals taking place on the 28-29. USA Gymnastics takes quite a large team to this meet, giving many gymnasts a chance to debut for the year as well as gain international experience. The senior squad includes 2013-14 World all-around champion Simone Biles, and 2012 Olympic team gold-medalists Gabrielle Douglas, Alexandra Raisman, and Kyla Ross. Junior 2013 Junior National Champion Bailie Key will make her senior debut.
The competition highlights competitions in both the junior and senior levels, in the team, all-around and individual event categories. As the defending Jesolo champions, the United States automatically qualify to the team and all-around finals, as does the host country, Italy on March 28. The other countries will participate in qualifying rounds March 25-27.
The March 28 competition will determine the team and all-around results in both the junior and senior divisions, and the top eight athletes, with a maximum of two per team, will advance to the event finals on March 29. The competition schedule is: March 25, junior team qualification; March 26, senior team qualification; March 28, junior and senior team and all-around finals; and March 29, individual event finals.
The Italian Gymnastics Federation will broadcast a livestream of the competition on its YouTube Channel,www.youtube.com/user/FGIfederginnastica.
The complete U.S. Team roster is included below.
Alyssa Baumann, Plano, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics
Simone Biles, Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre
Madison Desch, Lenexa, Kansas/Great American Gymnastics Express
Gabrielle Douglas, Virginia Beach, Va./Buckeye Gymnastics
Bailie Key, Montgomery, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics
Maggie Nichols, Little Canada, Minn./Twin City Twisters
Aly Raisman, Needham, Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics
Kyla Ross, Aliso Viejo, Calif./Gym-Max Gymnastics
Emily Schild, Huntersville, N.C./Everest Gymnastics
Megan Skaggs, Marietta, Ga./Gymnastics Academy of Georgia
Norah Flatley, Cumming, Iowa/Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance Institute
Jazmyn Foberg, Bayville, N.J./MG Elite
Lauren Hernandez, Old Bridge, N.J./MG Elite
Victoria Nguyen, West Des Moines, Iowa/Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance Institute
Ragan Smith, Lewisville, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics
Olivia Trautman, Champlin, Minn./Twin City Twisters
*Schild and Skaggs have been added to the senior national squad, with Trautman named to the junior team.
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