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Artistic Gymnastics:
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 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Biles won individual gold medals in all-around, vault and floor, bronze in balance beam, and gold as part of the U.S. team. Behind Biles, a new generation of American women have been making their mark in women’s team competition, including 2017 world all-around champion Morgan Hurd and 2019 world medalists Jade Carey and Sunisa Lee.

The U.S. women qualified as a team to the Olympic Games at the 2018 world championships and, at the Olympic Games, are likely to be pushed by Russia and China, who have generally placed second and third to them in major competitions during the past few years. The formidable Russian team is led by Olympic and world silver-medalist Aliya Mustafina, while the Chinese program has taken giant steps forward, thanks in part to a crop of extremely talented young gymnasts and the tutelage of Liang Chow, who coached Americans Shawn Johnson and Gabby Douglas to Olympic gold in 2008 and 2012, respectively. Others, including Canada, and Japan, are beginning to push forth as well, all jockeying for a podium position.

After finishing fifth at the past two editions of the Games, the American men have made changes to the way they train and compete, including harnessing the energy of NCAA competition that many of the top Olympic contenders were literally schooled in. The U.S. men qualified as a team to the Olympic Games through the 2019 world championships where they finished in fourth place. They will be serious contenders to reach the podium in Tokyo.

With one individual world championship medal apiece, two-time Olympian Sam Mikulak and young talent Yul Moldauer have pushed each other as they rise toward the top, hoping to contend with men’s gymnastics’ powerhouse nations in Tokyo. Mikulak is the country’s top all-around athlete and will look to challenge 2019 world championship all-around medalists Nikita Nagornyy and Artur Dalaloyan from Russia, as well as Oleg Verniaiev from Ukraine.

The highly competitive men’s field is led by 2019 world team champions, Russia, who will be very strong once again in 2020. World silver medalists, China, and bronze medalists, Japan, will also be strong contenders for the podium in Tokyo. Japan will aim to use the support from the home crowd in Tokyo to push them to the top of the podium. The U.S. team will be pushed by other top countries including, Great Britain and Chinese Taipei as the men look to improve upon their fourth-place world championships finish for a shot at the podium.

Rhythmic Gymnastics: 
Evita Griskenas and Laura Zeng both finished in the top 10 in the all-around final, a first for the USA, at the 2019 world championships. Their performances earned two berths to the 2020 Olympic Games for the United States – the first time the U.S. has qualified two individuals to the Olympic Games since the 1992 Games. In rhythmic group competition, the U.S. ensemble has high hopes of being one of the 14 groups that will face off for medals in Tokyo this year . The group finished 10th in the all-around at last fall’s FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.

For two decades now, Russia reigns supreme in both individual and rhythmic group gymnastics, a place the country has no plans to relinquish anytime soon. In Tokyo, the country boasts a double threat in identical twins Dina and Arina Averina, who have a penchant for splitting the titles at the biggest tournaments. Challenging the Russians, Linoy Ashram from Israel looks to put her country on the podium for the first time. In group competition as well, despite strong challenges from Spain, Bulgaria and Belarus, only once in six Olympiads has a non-Russian national anthem been heard during an Olympic ceremony, and that not since 1996.

Trampoline Gymnastics:
Since trampoline made its Olympic debut in 2000, U.S. athletes have qualified to every Games in trampoline, 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.

With only 16 places available per gender, competition to even make the Olympic start list is tough, and heading towards the end of the qualification period, the U.S. is still battling hard to claim their spots.

For the U.S. men, Aliaksei Shostak stands as the man to beat, coming off a ninth place finish at the recent 2019 world championships, fittingly held at the Tokyo Olympic gymnastics venue.

On the women’s side, a devastating injury at the final U.S. selection event wiped out U.S. favorite Charlotte Drury’s chances to compete at Rio in 2016, and the U.S. was represented by Nicole Ahsinger. Now in 2020, both athletes are battling for a potential single spot at Tokyo.

Canadians and Chinese gymnasts have traditionally set the international standard in trampoline, with the Belarusians and Japanese hot on their heels. Reigning and four-time world champion Gao Lei of China will be looking to secure the gold after finishing third in Rio, but his teammate, the legendary Dong Dong, the only man to hold a complete set of Olympic medals in trampoline, will be aiming to spoil his chances. In the women’s competition, 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medalist Rosie MacLennan of Canada will return to defend her title – can she make it three in a row?

Updated on July 19, 2020. For more information, contact the sport press officer here.

The GOAT: She's considered by many to be the "Greatest of All Time" in her sport. 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 be her Olympic swansong, and what a way to go out. After earning five gold medals at last year's world championships, Biles could be poised to more than double her already extraordinary Olympic gold medal collection. 

Beyond Biles: Along with Biles, a new generation of American women have been making their mark in women’s team competition. The bespectacled Morgan Hurd took the 2017 world all-around title and has been pushing the envelope both in artistry and big skills on every event since, earning the all-around title at the 2020 American Cup.  Several others, including 2018 world team gold medalists Riley McCusker, Kara Eaker and Grace McCallum, will be vying to make the four-woman team in 2020.  Prior to the postponement of 2020 events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, two-time world medalist Jade Carey was pursuing qualification via the individual event World Cup Series and barring a rule change has mathematically earned a spot by name. The U.S. women qualified as a team to the Olympic Games at the 2018 world championships.

Rhythmic One-Two Punch: For the first time since the 1992 Barcelona Olympic 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 and is eyeing a second Games, while Griskenas will look to make her first Olympic appearance in Tokyo. 

Twenty Years of Trampoline: 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.

Simone Biles (Spring, Texas)
Biles is considered by many the best-ever in her sport. After earning four Olympic gold medals in a single Games, Biles is back and competing to qualify for one more Games. In 2018, Biles earned an incredible six medals at the world championships, where she became the first woman to medal in all four events since 1987. Now with just a few months to go until Tokyo 2020, many believe Biles is on track to repeat – or even improve upon – her 2016 performance.

Evita Griskenas (Orland Park, Ill.)
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 Champion has worked hard to develop her dramatic style. Evita placed eighth in the 2019 world championships and stands out as a top potential candidate to represent the Americans in Tokyo.

Morgan Hurd (Middletown, Del.) 
The bespectacled Hurd took the 2017 world all-around title and has been pushing the envelope both in artistry and big skills on every event since. At the 2018 world championships, Hurd won an additional three medals and is looking toward Olympic qualification for Tokyo 2020.

Sunisa Lee (St. Paul, Minn.)
Lee was a member of the team that won gold at the 2019 world championships, where she also won silver on the floor exercise and bronze on the uneven bars. She earned three medals at the USA Gymnastics National Championships during her first year as a senior elite gymnast, including a national title on the uneven bars. 

Sam Mikulak (Newport Beach, Calif.)
A veteran of two Olympic Games already, Mikulak turns to Tokyo as the undisputed leader of a U.S. men’s team hungry for success. The six-time U.S. champion earned his first world championship medal in 2018, proving his ability to continue to compete at a high level and helping him gain momentum as he works to punch his ticket to Tokyo.

Yul Moldauer (Arvada, Colo.) 
A 2017 world medalist and three-time American Cup champion with an impressive NCAA record – including the 2018 team, all-around, floor exercise, vault and parallel bars titles, the 2017 team, floor exercise and still rings titles, and the 2016 team and all-around title – at the University of Oklahoma, Moldauer continues to push himself and fellow American teammates alike as they look to qualify for Tokyo.

Laura Zeng (Libertyville, Ill.)
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, Zeng decided she was capable of more. Deferring entrance to Yale University to pursue a second Olympics, Zeng has proven steadfast in her goal -- and along the way posted some of the best results the U.S. rhythmic program has ever seen. Zeng ranked 10th in the 2019 Work Championships, alongside Evita Griskenas, who placed eighth, earning the U.S. two spots in the top 10, a first for Team USA.

For artistic gymnastics, the top three teams from the 2018 world championships qualify to the Olympic Games, as do the top nine eligible teams at the 2019 world championships. The U.S. women qualified in 2018, while the men qualified in 2019.

The 2020 Olympic qualification process for all gymnastics disciplines can be found on the FIG website here.

The selection criteria vary by discipline. 
The selection criteria for women’s artistic gymnastics can be found here
The selection criteria for men’s artistic gymnastics can be found here
The selection criteria for trampoline and tumbling can be found here. 
The selection criteria for rhythmic gymnastics can be found here
The selection criteria for acrobatic gymnastics can be found here.

• Feb. 26-28, 2021: Winter Cup Challenge (TBD) – M/Q
• March 20-21, 2021: World Cup (Stuggard, Germany) – M/W**
• March 2021: World Cup (Great Britain) – M/W**
• April 2021: World Cup (Tokyo, Japan) – M/W**
• April 23-24, 2021: World Cup (Brescia, Italy) – TR^^
• May 2021: Senior Pan American Championships (TBD) – M/W/R/TR^
• June 3-6, 2021: U.S. Championships (Fort Worth, Texas) – M/W
• June 22-27, 2021: USA Gymnastics Championships (St. Louis, Missouri) – M/W/R/TR^^^
• June 24-27, 2021: U.S. Olympic Team Trials (St. Louis, Missouri) – M/W

*Opportunities for USA to qualify to Tokyo:  Baku – rhythmic gymnastics; Stuttgart – men’s gymnastics; Tokyo – trampoline.
**Part of all-around World Cup Series, which is part of Olympic qualification for men’s and women’s gymnastics.
***Part of individual event World Cup Series, which is part of Olympic qualification for men’s and women’s gymnastics.
^Continental Championships, part of the selection process for the Olympic Games for men’s, women’s and rhythmic gymnastics, and trampoline.
^^Part of the World Cup Series for trampoline, part of the Olympic qualification.
^^^Selection event for Olympians if USA qualifies for Tokyo in rhythmic and/or trampoline.