Gymnastics Preview

Team USA will be looking to continue its gold-medal standard in artistic gymnastics at this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, and will again be relying on one of the all-time greats of the sport to lead the way.

Simone Biles — the first woman in a generation to capture four Olympic gold medals in a single Games — is once again looking to make her mark at the Olympic stage. At the 2016 Rio Games, Biles won individual gold medals in the all-around, vault and floor exercise, a bronze medal on balance beam, and another gold as part of the U.S. team. Biles has also won a record 25 medals at the world championships, 19 of them gold.

She’ll be joined in Tokyo by five Olympic newcomers on the women’s side, including 2019 team world champions Sunisa Lee and Grace McCallum, plus rising star Jordan Chiles, for the team competition. Also heading to Japan as individuals are world championships medalist Jade Carey and MyKayla Skinner, an alternate from the 2016 Olympic team.

After finishing fifth at the past two editions of the Games, and fourth at the last two world championships, the American men hope to be serious contenders to reach the podium in Tokyo. The four-man team is led by two-time Olympian Sam Mikulak, though defending NCAA champion Brody Malone of Stanford stole the show this summer by posting the top results at the U.S. championships and Olympic trials. They’ll be joined in Tokyo by world championships medalist Yul Moldauer and 2019 world championships veteran Shane Wiskus.

The Olympic gymnastics program also includes competitions in rhythmic and trampoline gymnastics.

Team USA will send its biggest rhythmic gymnastics contingent ever to Tokyo. Evita Griskenas and Laura Zeng both finished in the top 10 in the all-around final at the 2019 world championships, a first for the U.S. Their performances earned two berths to the 2020 Olympic Games — the first time the U.S. has qualified two individuals to the Olympic Games since 1992. In rhythmic group competition, the U.S. ensemble of Lili Mizuno Camilla Feeley, Nicole Sladkov, Isabella Connor, Yelyzaveta Merenzon and Elizaveta Pletneva will face off for medals in Tokyo this year The group finished 10th in the all-around at the 2019 world championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Since trampoline made its Olympic debut in 2000, U.S. athletes have qualified for every Games, though places in the eight-gymnast finals have proven harder to come by. To date, Savannah Vincent’s sixth place finish at the 2012 Olympic Games in London stands as the top finish by an American trampoline gymnast.

For the U.S. men, Aliaksei Shostak will be headed to his first Olympic Games after he recorded the top U.S. finish at the 2019 world championships, fittingly held at the Tokyo Olympic gymnastics venue. On the women’s side, Nicole Ahsinger will return to her second Olympics (or third, if you count the Youth Olympic Games) after winning the USA Gymnastics Championships in June.

Updated on July 11, 2021. For more information, contact the sport press officer here.

• This could be the last chance for fans to catch the Simone Biles on the Olympic stage. Four years after becoming the first woman in a generation to capture four Olympic gold medals in a single Games, Biles is back for what she says will likely be her Olympic swansong. After earning five gold medals at the 2019 world championships, Biles could be poised to double her already extraordinary Olympic gold medal collection in Tokyo. 

• Sam Mikulak has been the one constant in U.S. men's gymnastics over the past two Olympic quads, having won every U.S. all-around title he competed for from 2013 through 2019. In 2018, Mikulak broke through with his first individual medal in the world championships, when he took bronze in high bar. Now the former NCAA champ at Michigan is planning to retire following the Tokyo Games.

• For the first time since the 1992 Barcelona Games, the U.S. has qualified two rhythmic gymnasts in the individual all-around. Evita Griskenas and Laura Zeng qualified the spots based on their performance at the 2019 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships. Zeng made her Olympic debut in Rio while Griskenas is making her first Olympic appearance in Tokyo. 

• Trampoline made its Olympic debut in 2000 and while U.S. athletes have qualified to every Games since, Team USA has yet to clinch a medal in the discipline. The U.S. hopes to change that at Tokyo 2020.

• Evita Griskenas, the daughter of two fitness champions, has risen to be a formidable contender in her own right, racking up top five results in world cup and grand prix competitions as well as international tournaments. The 2019 Pan American Games champion has worked hard to develop her dramatic style. Griskensas, 20, placed eighth in the 2019 world championships. 

• Sunisa Lee, 18, was a member of the team that won gold at the 2019 world championships, where she also won silver in floor exercise and bronze on the uneven bars. After finishing runner-up to Biles at both the U.S. championships and Olympic trials earlier this summer, Lee could be a top medal contender in both the all-around and the uneven bars. She becomes the first Hmong American to make a U.S. Olympic Team.

• A veteran of two Olympic Games already, 28-year-old Sam Mikulak heads to Tokyo as the most experienced member of a U.S. men’s team hoping to medal for the first time since 2008. The six-time U.S. champion earned his first world championship medal in 2018, proving he was still competing at a high level as he worked to make his third Olympic Games.

• Yul Moldauer, a 2017 world medalist with an impressive NCAA record at the University of Oklahoma, will look to add an Olympic medal to the growing resume of his young career. The 24-year-old already won a bronze medal on floor exercise at the 2017 world championships.

• After ranking 11th at the 2016 Olympic Games, the best finish for a U.S. rhythmic gymnast since the sport debuted on the Olympic program back in 1984, Laura Zeng decided she was capable of more. Deferring entrance to Yale University to pursue a second Olympic Games, Zeng has posted some of the best results the U.S. rhythmic program has ever seen. Zeng, 21, ranked 10th in the 2019 world championships, alongside Evita Griskenas, who placed eighth, earning the U.S. two spots in the top 10, a first for Team USA.

• July 24, 2021: Olympic gymnastics competition gets underway with artistic men's qualifications
• July 25, 2021: Artistic women’s qualifications
• July 26, 2021: Artistic men’s team final
• July 27, 2021: Artistic women’s team final
• July 28, 2021: Artistic men’s all-around final
• July 29, 2021: Artistic women’s all-around final
• July 30, 2021: Trampoline women’s final
• July 31, 2021: Trampoline men’s final
• August 1, 2021: Artistic men’s floor exercise final, women’s vault final, men’s pommel horse final, women’s uneven bars final
• August 2, 2021: Artistic men’s rings final, women’s floor exercise final, men’s vault final
• August 3, 2021: Artistic men’s parallel bars final, women’s balance beam final, men’s horizontal bar final
• August 7, 2021: Rhythmic individual all-around final
• August 8, 2021: Rhythmic group all-around final