Updated – 10/2/18, 7:01am EST
The US women will be participating in a World Team Selection Camp on October 10 – 12 at EVO Athletics in Sarasota, FL.
The 3 day camp will include a one day competition that will be LIVE streamed on USA Gymnastics’ YouTube Channel on October 11.
After the morning training session on October 12, the team will be announced that will represent to US at the 2018 World Gymnastics Championships in Doha, Qatar.
The team will be selected by Tom Forster (women’s national high-performance training coordinator), Terin Humphrey (athlete representative), and Tatiana Perskaia (International Elite Committee representative).
The US women participating in the camp include:
- Simone Biles, World Champions Centre
- Jordan Chiles, Naydenov Gymnastics
- Kara Eaker, Great American Gymnastics Express
- Morgan Hurd, First State Gymnastics
- Shilese Jones, Future Gymnastics Academy
- Grace McCallum, Twin City Twisters
- Riley McCusker, MG Elite
- Alyona Shchennikova, 5280 Gymnastics
- Ragan Smith, Texas Dreams Gymnastics
National Team members Jade Carey and Trinity Thomas declined invitations to the world team selection camp.
Jade plans to qualify as an individual by competing in the apparatus World Cup series. By doing so, this will prohibit her from competing on the World Team.
“The top three countries in the team competition at the 2018 World Championships advance to the 2020 Olympic Games. In 2020, each Olympic team has four members, and countries participating in the team competition may also have up to two additional spots for athletes to compete as individuals in the all-around and/or individual events. Under the new Olympic qualification system, any athlete who competes on a country’s team in 2018 that qualifies for the Games is not eligible to earn an individual nominative berth through the apparatus World Cup series.” states USA Gymnastics.
Tom Forster tells USA Gymnastics, “The new Olympic team and qualification process requires a new way of looking at the Olympic qualification process, and the four-person team does make it more difficult for an event specialist. We want to provide all of our athletes with the opportunity to achieve their dreams, and we support Jade’s and Brian’s goal of earning a nominal spot through the apparatus World Cup process.”
The nominative list of athletes submitted by USA Gymnastics to the FIG include:
- Simone Biles
- Morgan Hurd
- Rile McCusker
- Grace McCallum
- Kara Eaker
- Shilese Jones (alternate)
This list generally does not change much even after a selection camp. Did your picks make the World Team?