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The Top GymnastsJuly 11, 2012
The Top Gymnasts
With the 2012 London Olympics just weeks away, U.S. athletes are competing to represent their country at the Games. At the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials, held June 28-July 1 at the HP Pavilion, in San José, California, 15 men and 15 women competed for five spots on the men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics team. At the conclusion of the trials, the teams were announced. Artistic gymnasts Gabby Douglas, Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross, Jake Dalton, Jonathan Horton, Danell Leyva, Sam Mikulak and John Orozco will join trampoline winners Savannah Vinsant and Steven Gluckstein and rhythmic gymnast Julie Zetlin on Team USA in London. At a press day held before the start of the trials, TFK Kid Reporter Elise Jonas-Delson chatted with several of the competing gymnasts. Watch her report in the video above.
One star gymnast at the trials already knew she was headed to London—but not to compete. 2008 Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson recently announced her retirement due to a knee injury. Instead, Johnson stopped by the Olympic trials to help Proctor & Gamble announce her new role as correspondent—or interviewer—at the P&G House, the "home away from home" for the athletes and their families in London during the Olympic Games. P&G also announced a $75,000 grant to the USA Gymnastics Fitness Program. “To know that kids are going to be touched by this grant means a lot,” Johnson said. “They might be the next Olympic gold medalists.”
Gymnastics fans who can’t make it to London will have a chance to see some of their favorite U.S. gymnasts perform live this fall during the 2012 Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions. The 40-city national tour features Team USA's top gymnasts, led by 2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Luikin and 2008 Olympic team silver medalist Chellsie Memmel. For more information on the tour, visit usagym.org.