After a selection camp at the ranch last week, USA Gymnastics announced the teams set to compete at the City of Jesolo Trophy, to be held in Jesolo, Italy this week.
The announcement of the U.S. team (which will see the return of 2012 Olympic gold medalists Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman) was the last piece of the puzzle. They traveled to Italy overnight and join teams from Australia, Canada, France, and the host country for the competition that begins with qualifications on Wednesday.
The senior U.S. team features ten members, but based on the 6-5-4 competition format (in which there are six members of a team, five who go up on each event, and four scores counting to the total) they are only allowed to field six athletes. The remaining four will instead compete as individuals, vying for the all-around podium as well as spots in the event finals.
Most of the other teams are straightforward, with both Australia, Canada, and France sending six seniors apiece, though Canada is the only of these three fielding a full junior team; Australia has just five on their list, while France has opted not to send anyone (no one that’s listed, at least).
As always, Italy complicates things a little with their teams. They have five set to compete, including the main senior and junior teams comprised of the girls who typically compete internationally for Italy.
They also have the Azzurrabili team, which includes senior gymnasts who probably won’t represent Italy at Euros or Worlds, but could be part of the picture if someone gets injured or if they become more competitive in the future. There’s a similar team for juniors referred to as promesse azzure, and last but not least, a “young dream team” made up of girls born in 2003.
So how does this whole thing work?
The competition begins March 25 with qualifications held for juniors on Wednesday and seniors on Thursday. Only Australia, Canada, and France must attend qualifications; the U.S. and Italy are exempt, as the U.S. are defending champions and Italy are the hosts.
Team finals are Saturday for both juniors and seniors. The top two teams in each division after qualifications will advance to compete with the U.S. and Italy, and some select individuals from the non-qualifying team will join them, as the team final acts as the all-around final as well.
Event finals are Sunday, and will include the top eight gymnasts on each apparatus (following two-per-country rules, of course).
The full teams are below!
Jessica Helene Mattoni
Matilde de Tullio
Follow along at Jesolo thanks to the Italian Gymnastics Federation’s YouTube, which will air live coverage of the event.
Article by Lauren Hopkins