Gymnasts Compete in San Jose for 2012 Olympics Trials
Going for the Gold at HP Pavilion
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by Alyxandra Goodwin on Jun 11, 2012
San Jose resident and former Stanford gymnast Josh Dixon, top left, will compete at the gymnastics Olympic Trials, June 28 to July 1. // Photo courtesy of USA Gymnastics.
Some of the top gymnasts in the United States, including San Jose resident Josh Dixon, will compete in San Jose for the final U.S. Olympic Trials for gymnastics before advancing to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
From June 28 to July 1, HP Pavilion will host the men’s and women’s national teams, each composed of 15 members, who will compete for five spots on the Olympic team in artistic gymnastics, which includes vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise.
“It has been a while since both the entire men’s and women’s Olympic teams have been selected at the Trials,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics, in a release. “This gives our fans the opportunity to celebrate our sport at the highest level and give the athletes a wonderful send-off to London.”
At the trials, five men and women will be selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee’s board of directors to compete at the London Olympic games, which begin July 27. Immediately after the conclusion of the men’s trials, two members of the team will be announced and the final three will be announced July 1 with the women’s final session.
For the women’s competition, the individual all-around athlete is chosen based off her performance in all four categories for competition and will automatically make the Olympic team. The selection committee will pick the remaining athletes at the conclusion of the trials.
In addition to the Olympic trials for men and women, the 2012 U.S.A. Gymnastics Championships will take place June 26-27 at the San Jose Convention Center for athletes competing in rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline.
Single-session tickets for these trials are on sale now and can be purchased via Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000 or at HP Pavilion Ticket Office.
Members of the 2012-13 Women’s National Team competing at the trials:
Jordyn Wieber, DeWitt, Mich., Gedderts’ Twistars USA
Gabby Douglas, Virginia Beach, Va., Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance Institute
Aly Raisman, Needham, Mass., Brestyan’s American Gymnastics
Kyla Ross, Aliso Viejo, Calif., Gym-Max Gymnastics
Elizabeth Price, Coopersburg, Pa., Parkettes National Gymnastics Center
Sarah Finnegan, St. Louis, Mo., Great American Gymnastics Express
Sabrina Vega, Carmel, NY, Dynamic Gymnastics
Kennedy Baker, Flower Mound, Texas, Texas Dreams Gymnastics
Brenna Dowell, Odessa, Mo., Great American Gymnastics Express
Bridget Sloan, Pittsboro, Ind., Sharp’s Gymnastics
McKayla Maroney, Long Beach, Calif., All Olympia Gymnastics Center
Alicia Sacramone, Winchester, Mass., Brestyan’s American Gymnastics
Rebecca Bross, Plano, Texas, WOGA
Anna Li, Naperville, Ill., Legacy Elite
Nastia Liukin, Parker, Texas, WOGA
Members of the 2012-13 Men’s National Team competing in the trials:
Chris Brooks of Houston/Team Hilton HHonors (Cypress Gymnastics)
Alex Buscaglia of Cary, Ill./Team Hilton HHonors (Stanford University)
Jake Dalton of Reno, N.V./University of Oklahoma
Josh Dixon of San Jose, Calif./U.S. Olympic Training Center
Jonathan Horton of Houston/Team Hilton HHonors (Cypress Gymnastics)
Glen Ishino of Santa Ana, Calif./University of California – Berkeley
Steven Legendre of Port Jefferson, N.Y./Team Hilton HHonors (University of Oklahoma)
Danell Leyva of Miami/Team Hilton HHonors (Universal Gymnastics)
CJ Maestas of Corrales, N.M./University of Illinois
Sam Mikulak of Ann Arbor, Mich./University of Michigan
Alex Naddour of Gilbert, Ariz./Team Hilton HHonors (USA Youth Fitness)
John Orozco of the Bronx, N.Y./Team Hilton HHonors (U.S. Olympic Training Center)
Paul Ruggeri of Manlius, N.Y./University of Illinois
David Sender of Arlington Heights, Ill./Team Hilton HHonors (University of Illinois)
Brandon Wynn of Voorhees, N.J./Team Hilton HHonors (Ohio State University)
The men’s competition schedule begins June 28 at 2 p.m. and June 30 at 12 p.m. The women will compete June 29 and July 1 at 5:30 p.m.
For more information, visit: www.sanjose2012.com.