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18 Competing – Only 5 Spots…Who Will Earn A Coveted Spot On The Men’s Olympic Team

18 Competing – Only 5 Spots…Who Will Earn A Coveted Spot On The Men’s Olympic Team

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Men's National TeamThis coming weekend is most important for the 18 men competing in St. Louis, for the U.S. Olympic Men’s Gymnastics Team Trials to be held in conjunction with the women’s P&G Gymnastics Championships held June 23rd to 26th.

The five-member men’s Olympic Team will be selected after the conclusion of the two day competition, which finishes on Saturday evening.

NBCOlympics.com will be live streaming day 1 of the men’s Olympic Trials from 8:00 to 11:00 P.M. ET on Thursday, June 23rd and will also broadcast the competition live on NBCSN from 8:30 to 11:00 P.M. ET.

NBCOlympics.com will also live stream the events of day 2 men’s Olympic Trials from 8:00 to 11:00 P.M. ET on Saturday, June 26th and will also broadcast the competition live on NBC from 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. ET.

The 18 men who will be vying for one of the five coveted positions on the team that will represent the USA at the 2016 Rio Olympics include:

  • Donothan Bailey
  • Chris Brooks
  • Jake Dalton
  • Marvin Kimble
  • Steven Legendre
  • Danell Leyva
  • CJ Maestas
  • Sean Melton
  • Sam Mikulak
  • Yul Modauer
  • Akash Modi
  • Alex Naddour
  • John Orozco
  • Kanji Oyama
  • Eddie Penev
  • Paul Ruggeri III
  • Donnell Whittenburg
  • Brandon Wynn

Looking for a shot at making the Olympic team again include four of the five 2012 men’s Olympic team: Dalton,Leyva, Mikulak and Orozco.

With such a strong pool of competitors, it will simply come down to who hits six for six. Leaving no room for error, the men must show consistency during the two days of competition, hit routines, and stick landings to be ranked in the top five.

 Simone BilesAs for the women competing at the P&G Championships this weekend, Simone Biles will be going after her fourth straight all-around national championship title. Competing with and against Simone will be 2012 Olympic team members Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas looking to dethrone Biles. Others chasing Biles include four members of the 2015 World Championship team: Brenna Dowell, Madison Kocian, Maggie Nichols and MyKayla Skinner (alternate).

NBCSports.com will be live streaming day 1 of the women’s P&G Gymnastics Championships from 8:30 to 11:00 PM ET on Friday, June 24th and air live on NBC from 9:00 to 11:00 PM ET.

NBCSports.com will be live streaming day 2 of the women’s P&G Gymnastics Championships will be livestreamed from 8:30 to 11:00 PM ET on Sunday, June 26th and air live on NBC from 9:00 to 11:00 PM ET.

The 27 women who qualified to competed on June 24th and 26th are:

  • Alyssa Baumann
  • Simone Biles
  • Kaitlin DeGuzman
  • Nia Dennis
  • Christina Desiderio
  • Gabby Douglas
  • Brenna Dowell
  • Jazmyn Foberg
  • Margzetta Frazier
  • Emily Gaskins
  • Rachel Gowey
  • Lauren Hernandez
  • Amelia Hundley
  • Sydney Johnson-Scharpf
  • Bailie Key
  • Madison Kocian
  • Ashton Locklear
  • Maggie Musselman
  • Lauren Navarro
  • Maggie Nichols
  • Abby Paulson
  • Aly Raisman
  • Lexy Ramler
  • Emily Schild
  • MyKayla Skinner
  • Ragan Smith
  • Olivia Trautman
While this may seem to be a competition of who will rank in the top 10, one thing that is certain is that this will race to see who can come the closest to Biles!

GNN

Source: NBC Sports

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