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Nominative lists out for World Gymnastics Championships

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USA Gymnastics isn’t expected to announce its women’s team for the World Championships until Sept. 15, but every nation had to submit preliminary “nominative lists” to the International Gymnastics Federation.

The lists give a glimpse into what the World Championships field could look like in Antwerp, Belgium, from Sept. 30-Oct. 6. Of course, changes can still be made.

Here are the full men’s list and the full women’s list.

Women’s notes

The storyline heading into the U.S. women’s selection camp later this month is who the fourth member of the World Championships team will be. Simone BilesKyla Ross and McKayla Maroney are considered locks to be on the team. All three were on the nominative lists. The fourth could be Brenna Dowell, who was third in the all-around at August’s National Championships behind Biles and Ross. Dowell is on the nominative list, but she could very well just be a placeholder.

The U.S. listed Biles and Ross for the all-around, Maroney for vault and floor exercise and Dowell for uneven bars and balance beam. U.S. national team coordinator Martha Karolyi has said Maroney still has a chance to compete in the all-around despite not doing all four events at nationals.

There is no team event at this year’s World Championships. Therefore, the individual all-around is the biggest single event. If you remember the 2012 Olympics, this was a U.S.-Russia affair.

The Russians listed for the all-around 2012 Olympic all-around bronze medalist Aliya Mustafina and Tatiana Nabieva, who was seventh in the all-around at 2010 worlds but was not selected for the 2012 Olympic team. Mustafina won the all-around at the 2013 European Championships and World University Games.

Olympic all-around silver medalist Viktoria Komova is also listed for Russia, but only on balance beam. She has reportedly dealt with health issues recently, putting her status for Antwerp in doubt.

Also on the list, from Uzbekistan, is Oksana Chusovitina. Chusovitina, 38, won two gold medals at the 1991 World Championships competing for the Soviet Union. She’s an 11-time world medalist (nine on vault) and a six-time Olympian with the Unified Team, Uzbekistan and Germany.

Men’s notes

The U.S. men’s team on the nominative list is the same as was announced shortly after worlds, following Olympic all-around bronze medalist Danell Leyva‘s withdrawal.

U.S. all-around champion Sam Mikulak is the only American man entered in the all-around on the nominative list, but, again, this can change. The others on the list are Olympians John Orozco (pommel horse, parallel bars, high bar) and Jake Dalton (floor exercise, vault, parallel bars, high bar) and past worlds team members Alex Naddour (pommel horse, still rings), Brandon Wynn (rings) and Steven Legendre (floor exercise, vault).

The all-around favorite will be the man who has won the last three world titles — Japan’s Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura. Uchimura is entered in all six events on the nominative list. He’s the only man to win three world all-around titles. Russian woman Svetlana Khorkina is the only other gymnast to win three world all-around titles, but hers were not consecutive.

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Coco Gauff eliminated from Australian Open by Sofia Kenin

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Coco Gauff‘s run at the Australian Open ended in the round of 16, foiled by fellow American Sofia Kenin on Sunday.

Kenin ousted the 15-year-old phenom 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-0 to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal. Gauff, too, was bidding for her first major quarterfinal after a sterling seven months ignited by her march to the Wimbledon fourth round.

Gauff, ranked No. 684 this time last year, will near the top 50 after the Australian Open. She beat Venus Williams in the first round at Wimbledon and the Australian Open and took out defending Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka in the third round on Friday.

Gauff’s play catapulted her to fifth in U.S. Olympic singles qualifying, but she has half the points as fourth-place Madison Keys, and a country can’t qualify more than four players in singles. The Olympic field will be determined by the WTA rankings after the French Open in June.

The 14th seed Kenin, who beat Serena Williams in the 2019 French Open third round, ranks second behind Williams in U.S. Olympic qualifying. She will face No. 27 Wang Qiang or Ons Jabeur in the quarterfinals.

Kenin and Alison Riske are the two remaining U.S. women in the draw.


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Jessica Calalang, Brian Johnson produce the pairs’ moment of figure skating nationals

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – This fall season, Jessica Calalang and Brian Johnson ranked fifth among American pairs but finished with silver medals at the U.S. Championships on Saturday night.

After a fifth-place nationals finish last year, their goal was just to be on the podium in Greensboro.

In their second year together, Calalang and Johnson won the free skate with 146.01 points for a total score of 213.57. It was good enough for second place, as the eventual winners, Alexa Knierim and Chris Knierim, held a 10-point lead over their training partners from the short program.

“While Brian and Chris are working on cars, Jess and I are having lattes petting cats,” Alexa said in a press conference. “We have a great dynamic and I couldn’t be prouder of them for the way they skated. I watched them backstage just because I genuinely care for them.”

Calalang and Johnson vaulted to second from fourth place after short, when Johnson fell on the side-by-side triple Salchows.

In the free skate, however, they received positive grades of execution on every element. The crowd inside the Greensboro Coliseum was on their feet before the music (“You are the Reason” by Calum Scott and Leona Lewis) even finished.

“I don’t think either of us have had that kind of performance at a U.S. Championships,” Calalang said.

“I definitely haven’t,” Johnson added. “The amount of audience support that I felt at the very end of that program was overwhelming. It was the most amazing thing I’ve felt on the ice. I don’t have words to describe it.”

Now, they could join the Knierims at the world championships in March. The U.S. has two berths to worlds, up from one last year. U.S. Figure Skating chooses the teams, not necessarily (but usually) following nationals standings.

Calalang and Johnson have no world championships experience, either together or with former partners, although they have had plenty of experience this season.

They kicked it off with a sixth-place finish at a lower-level event, followed by their Grand Prix debut at Skate America. They finished just off the podium in fourth. The following week, they were sixth at Skate Canada. They handily won the Warsaw Cup, another lower-level event this fall.

“Repetition always helps,” Johnson said. “The more experience you can get, hopefully the better you’re gonna be doing. It was great doing the Grand Prixes because we had an amazing audience at Skate America and Skate Canada. The whole place was sold-out. I think that really resembles here as well with everybody loving what you’re doing and the whole support base.”

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