ST. LOUIS — USA Gymnastics has announced that Danell Leyva of Miami/Team Hilton (Universal Gymnastics), Akash Modi of Morganville, N.J./Stanford University, and Donnell Whittenburg, Baltimore, Md./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center), are the replacement athletes for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Men’s Gymnastics Team.
Mark Williams, head coach for the University of Oklahoma’s men’s gymnastics program, was named head coach for the 2016 squad.
Replacement athletes train and prepare along with the U.S. Olympic Men’s Gymnastics Team and are on deck to step in should one of the Olympic team members withdraw from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The members of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Men’s Gymnastics Team, pending approval by the U.S. Olympic Committee, are: Chris Brooks of Houston/Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center); Jake Dalton of Sparks, Nev./Team Hilton (University of Oklahoma); Sam Mikulak of Newport Coast, Calif./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center); Alex Naddour of Queen Creek, Ariz./Team Hilton (USA Youth Fitness); and John Orozco of Bronx, N.Y./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center).
The women’s team will be named following the conclusion of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Women’s Gymnastics, scheduled for July 10 in San Jose, Calif. All athletes named to the U.S. Olympic Team are subject to the approval of the U.S. Olympic Committee.
The members of the Men’s Selection Committee are: Steve Butcher; David Durante, athlete representative; Kevin Mazeika, men’s national team coordinator; Kip Simons; Yoichi Tomita; and Dennis McIntyre, USA Gymnastics vice president of men’s program (non-voting).
USA Gymnastics is based in Indianapolis.
USA Gymnastics announces 2016 U.S. Women’s Senior National Team
The 15 members of the 2016 U.S. Women’s Senior National Team, which will be competing in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, have been announced by USA Gymnastics.
The Olympic Trials will run July 8 and 10 in San Jose, Calif. The team was selected based on performances at the 2016 P&G Women’s Championships that concluded Sunday night at Chaifetz Arena on the Saint Louis University campus.
The 2016 U.S. Senior National Team includes:
- Alyssa Baumann, Plano, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics
- Simone Biles, Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre
- Christina Desiderio, Hackettstown, N.J./Parkettes National Gymnastics Center
- Gabrielle Douglas, Tarzana, Calif./Buckeye Gymnastics
- Brenna Dowell, Odessa, Mo./Great American Gymnastics Express
- Rachel Gowey, Urbandale, Iowa/Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance Institute
- Lauren Hernandez, Old Bridge, N.J./MG Elite
- Amelia Hundley, Hamilton, Ohio/Cincinnati Gymnastics
- Madison Kocian, Dallas/WOGA Gymnastics
- Ashton Locklear, Hamlet, N.C./Everest Gymnastics
- Maggie Nichols, Little Canada, Minn./Twin City Twisters
- Alexandra Raisman, Needham, Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics
- Emily Schild, Huntersville, N.C./Everest Gymnastics
- MyKayla Skinner, Gilbert, Ariz./Desert Lights Gymnastics
- Ragan Smith, Lewisville, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics