USA Gymnastics announced this week that Tokyo 2020 Olympic floor champion Jade CareyOlympic team silver medallist Jordan Chilesand 2022 US national all-around silver medalist Shilese Jones will compete at next week’s 2022 World Challenge Cup in Paris.
The event, which will be held in the same arena that will host gymnastics competition at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, features an all-star line-up including Olympic champions Rebecca Andrade (Brazil), Arthur Zanetti (Brazil), Nina Derwael (Belgium), duck Artem Dolgopyat (Israel). Other athletes to watch include three-time Olympian Ellie Black of Canada, 2019 European all-around winner Melanie de Jesus dos Santos of France and 2022 world bronze medalist Brody Malone of the United States.
For Carey and Chiles, it will be their first international competition since taking medals at last year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. They, along with Jones, were selected for the event following a training camp in Houston, Texas.
At the camp, Chiles and Carey finished one-two in the all-around rankings with scores of 55,699 and 54,298, respectively. Jones only competed on three events, but registered a massive 14,766 on the uneven bars.
US champion Connor McClain took part in the training camp but did not participate in the verification event in order to be selected for the World Cup competition.
Competition in Paris is scheduled for 24-25 September 2022.
Team USA also announced its women’s delegation for the Szombathely (Hungary) World Challenge Cup with Addison Fatta, Katelyn Jong spirit Levi Jung-Ruivivar seen two compete.
Gymnastics will not feature in the 2023 European Games
European Gymnastics announced Thursday (15 September) that gymnastics would not be part of the upcoming 2023 European Games, set to be held next June in Krakow and the Malopolska region.
“After lengthy discussions with the Local Organizing Committee and the European Olympic Committees, we have to acknowledge that the region does not have a suitable venue for our sport,” the continental body said in a press release.
European Gymnastics president Dr. Farid Gayibov remains hopeful that the discipline will return in future editions of the Games.
“For next year’s edition, we looked at several alternatives but couldn’t find a venue fitted for gymnastics,” said Gayibov. “We all know that Gymnastics is a very diverse type of sport and is one of the most popular Olympic disciplines. We do hope that the European Olympic Committees and future hosts will consider returning Gymnastics to the European Games program to add more value and popularity to these multi-sport games.”
From the vault…
This week, we take a look back at Team GB’s women’s floor rotation from qualifying at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, held in 2021.
The squad tied for the third best mark on the floor exercise at 40.599, led by Jessica Gadirova‘s 14,033 score. Days later, Great Britain went on to claim team bronze, their first women’s gymnastics team medal since 1928.