With the 2018 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Doha less than a month out, the U.S. has announced its women’s nominative team roster for the competition. Reigning Olympic all-around gold-medalist Simone Biles, reigning World all-around champion Morgan Hurd, Riley McCusker, Kara Eaker, and Grace McCallum were named to the nominative roster for the U.S. worlds team, with Shilese Jones of Future Academy as the alternate.
The nominative roster spots will only become official however after Friday, October 12th, when USA Gymnastics will announce the official US women’s worlds team set to travel to Doha, Qatar and compete at the world championships.
The US women’s team for the 2018 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships will be decided based on results from this year’s worlds selection camp slated to be held from October 10th-13th at EVO Athletics in Florida, the current USA Gymnastics Women’s National Team training center.
The roster for next week’s worlds selection camp consists of the six gymnasts already named to the nominative roster with 2017 US all-around national champion Ragan Smith, Jordan Chiles, and 2017 US Classic all-around champion Alyona Shchennikova also vying for five spots on the worlds team and the sixth alternate spot.
Notably absent from the roster for the worlds selection camp was defending world vault and floor exercise silver-medalist Jade Carey as well as other top names like Trinity Thomas and Margzetta Frazier and first-year seniors Emma Malabuyo, Maile O’Keefe, and Gabby Perea.
According to USA Gymnastics, both Carey and Thomas declined invitations to the worlds selection camp.
In a statement from USAG, the organization said, “Carey, who is the defending vault and floor exercise World silver medalist, and her coach, Brian Carey, want to pursue qualifying as an individual through the apparatus World Cup series, which precludes her competing on the 2018 World Team.”
“Jade and I will be cheering loudly for the US World Team, and we send best wishes for a safe and successful competition,” said Jade’s coach and father Brian Carey. “Jade is honored to represent the United States and is looking forward to trying to make the team for the 2019 World Championships.”
New USA Gymnastics Women’s National Team coordinator Tom Forster said, “Both Jade and Trinity are important members of the US National Team. 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 2018 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships begin October 25th and run through November 3rd in Doha, Qatar. The 2018 World Championships will serve as the first qualifying competition to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, with the apparatus World Cup series beginning in November of 2018 with the Cottbus World Cup in Cottbus, Germany.Tags: Alyona Shchennikova, Grace McCallum, Jordan Chiles, Kara Eaker, Margzetta Frazier, Morgan Hurd, Ragan Smith, Riley McCusker, Simone Biles, Trinity Thomas, United States