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U.S. gymnastics nominative World Championships roster released

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The U.S. women’s gymnastics team won’t be announced until after an October selection camp, but the International Gymnastics Federation has published “nominative” (preliminary) rosters for all nations.

Seven U.S. women are listed, though the final team that competes in Glasgow, Scotland, in the last week of October must be of no more than six women (an alternate may be designated).

The seven “nominative” women are:

Simone Biles — 2013/14 World all-around champion
Gabby Douglas — 2012 Olympic all-around champion
Aly Raisman — 2012 Olympic floor exercise champion
MyKayla Skinner — 2014 World Championships vault bronze medalist
Maggie Nichols — 2015 P&G Championships all-around runner-up
Brenna Dowell — Traveled to 2013 Worlds but didn’t compete
Madison Kocian — 2014 World Championships team member

Missing is Kyla Ross, the only U.S. woman to make all of the 2012 Olympic, 2013 Worlds and 2014 Worlds teams. Ross, who won silver and bronze in the all-around at the last two Worlds, was 10th in the all-around at the P&G Championships in August. She faces greater competition to make this year’s Worlds team given the returns of Douglas and Raisman and the improvement of Nichols.

Also missing is Bailie Key, who was fourth in the all-around at the P&G Championships. The last time a top-four woman in the U.S. all-around didn’t make that year’s six-woman World Championships team was last year, when Nichols was third at the P&G Championships but suffered a season-ending injury one week later.

In 2011, Mackenzie Caquatto was fourth in the U.S. all-around, made the nominative list and then suffered a team camp injury and missed Worlds.

In 2012, Elizabeth Price finished fourth in the Olympic trials all-around and did not make the five-woman Olympic team.

The final U.S. women’s gymnastics teams for the 2013 and 2014 World Championships were all made up of gymnasts who were on the earlier nominative lists.

The last time a Worlds team member came from outside the nominative list was 2011. That woman was Douglas, when Caquatto was injured.

In 2010, Kytra Hunter also finished fourth in the U.S. all-around, was on the nominative list and didn’t make the team.

That year, the reigning World all-around champion Bridget Sloan came on board from outside the nominative list. Sloan only competed on the balance beam at the earlier 2010 U.S. Championships and worked her way back from injury to ultimately make the Worlds team.

Also of note, Uzbekistan’s Oksana Chusovitina is on the nominative list. Chusovitina, 40, could break the record for most Olympic gymnastics appearances if she makes a seventh Games next year.

Chusovitina has competed for the Soviet Union, Unified Team, Germany and Uzbekistan. She has won 11 World Championship medals and two Olympic medals. All of the hardware since 1992 came on vault.

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David Boudia adjusts diving event, goal for world championships

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David Boudia earned diving medals at his last three world championships and the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, but that was on the platform. He competes on the global stage on the springboard for the first time at worlds this week.

“I don’t have a lot of high hopes,” Boudia, who is still learning the springboard after switching to it in the last year, said in a phone interview from South Korea, where he begins competition Wednesday (TV schedule here). “But I think my biggest goal is to walk away with an Olympic spot.”

An Olympic spot not necessarily for himself, but for the U.S.

Boudia, a 30-year-old father of three, and any other American will clinch 2020 Olympic quota spots by placing in the top 12 in their respective individual events this week. Those spots, and any others earned at later competitions in the next year, will be filled at trials in June in Indianapolis.

NBC Sports analyst Cynthia Potter believes Boudia, who left the sport to sell homes in 2017 and came back and suffered a concussion off the platform in 2018, can meet his goal of making Friday’s 12-man final in Gwangju.

“He would have to dive well, but not better than he’s been diving,” she said. “His springboard is really well-timed, rhythmic, and he’s for a long time known how to go into the water without making a splash.”

But challenging Rio Olympic gold and silver medalists Cao Yuan of China and Jack Laugher of Great Britain, plus defending world champion Xie Siyi of China would be very tough.

Boudia lacks their degrees of difficulty, for now. He hopes to switch out two of his six dives before his first competition of 2020, though he could insert one of them should he make the world final.

“I need a good six months, so from August to December is when we’re kind of really drilling the fundamentals of learning those new dives and getting them perfected,” he said.

Boudia rallied to beat Rio Olympic springboard diver Michael Hixon for the title in May at nationals, where the top two per event earned world berths. But Boudia competed there with about a month of competition dive practice, about half as long as he would prefer.

“Hix and I are going to have a lot of training to do if we want to be even close to cracking that top five,” at worlds, Boudia said in May, according to TeamUSA.org.

Boudia is the lone U.S. diver to earn an individual world medal in an Olympic diving event since 2009.

The U.S. produced breakthroughs at worlds so far. Sarah Bacon became the first American woman to earn a world title since 2005, taking the non-Olympic 1m springboard event. Murphy Bromberg and Katrina Young bagged bronze in synchronized platform, ending a decade-long medal drought in any synchro event.

But Boudia’s goal must be shared among the whole team — as many top-12 finishes individually and top three in synchro events to gobble up Tokyo 2020 quota spots. The U.S. failed to qualify full teams for the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.

“Getting in the top 12 in the four individual Olympic events is the big deal right now,” Potter said. “Whether you are on the awards stand or not, that would be icing on the cake for a lot of these divers.”

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Anita Wlodarczyk, one of track and field’s most dominant, sidelined

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Poland hammer thrower Anita Wlodarczyk, the only woman to win the last five combined Olympic and world titles in a track and field event, will not go for a fourth straight world championship this fall.

Wlodarczyk had season-ending, arthroscopic left knee surgery on Monday, according to Polish media citing her coach.

Wlodarczyk, 33, has the top 15 throws on the IAAF’s all-time list, and 27 of the top 29. Her world record of 82.98 meters (scribbled on her leg pre-op) is 11 and a half feet farther the second-best woman in history. She originally took silver at the 2012 Olympics and 2013 Worlds but was upgraded to gold after Russian Tatyana Lysenko was stripped for doping.

Wlodarczyk won a reported 42 straight finals between 2014 and 2017, then suffered three losses in 2018 and two so far this year in three lower-level meets before the operation.

Americans DeAnna Price and Brooke Anderson rank Nos. 1 and 2 in the world this year. A U.S. woman has never finished in the top five of an Olympic or world championships hammer throw, which debuted at worlds in 1999 and the Olympics in 2000.

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