You can tell the London Olympics is right around the corner! An exciting weekend of track and field trials and the upcoming swimming trials have fans anxious for one of the world’s greatest sporting events.
Now the gymnasts are feeling the pressure.
The country’s most talented gymnasts will battle for their chance to perform at the 2012 London Olympics and be part of a medal-winning team.
U.S. Gymnastics Team Trials Schedule
When: June 28th – July 1st
Where: San Jose, California; San Jose Convention Center
Tickets: Find ticket info here.
Here is the schedule of events, along with TV air times:
- Thursday June 28th, 5:30-8:00 pm (ET), NBC Sports; Men’s Day 1 Competition
- Friday June 29th, 9:00-11:00 pm (ET), NBC; Women’s Day 1 Competition
- Saturday June 30th, 4:00-6:00 pm (ET), NBC; Men’s Final
- Sunday July 1st, 9:00-11:00 pm (ET), NBC; Women’s Final
Who Is Going to ‘Stick It’?
Since America’s beloved gymnast Shawn Johnson retired earlier this month, many have turned their attention to another former Olympian, Nastia Liukin.
Liukin won the all-around gold medal at the 2008 Olympics, won the most medals of any gymnast at the 2008 Olympics, and tied Mary Lou Retton and Shannon Miller for the U.S. gymnastics record of five medals at one Olympic Games. However, she won’t be the only one to watch during the trials.
Keep your eye on Jordyn Wieber, who has been a successful competitor in the gymnastics world since 2008.
Wieber was the American Cup all-around champion in 2009, 2011, and 2012.
Another young hopeful who has come to the gymnastics scene is Gabby Douglas, former teammate of Shawn Johnson.
Douglas was the US 2012 uneven bars champion, all-around silver medalist and bronze medalist on floor. Back in March, Douglas struggled with her vault but amazed the judges and the crowd with an almost flawless bar routine.
This week will prove whether or not Douglas’s skills have matured enough to make the Olympic team.
For those of you who are familiar with Men’s Gymnastics, the name Danell Leyva should ring a bell.
Leyva has been a winning gymnast since 2009, and shows no signs of slowing down after becoming the 2012 Winter Cup Challenge high bar champion (tie) and floor exercise silver medalist, 2012 AT&T American Cup all-around champion, 2012 U.S. parallel bars and high bar champion, and all-around silver medalist. And it’s only June!
However, hot on his tail is John Orozco.
Orozco surpassed Leyva to win the U.S. all-around gold medal along with becoming the 2012 Winter Cup Challenge all-around, parallel bars and high bar (tie) champion.
Both of these athletes will bring their ‘A’ games to give each other all they have for a spot on the Olympic team.