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Everything you need to know for the event in Minneapolis

Everything you need to know for the event in Minneapolis

Next week, Minneapolis will transform into “Gymnastics City USA” as it hosts the United States Olympic Trials in Women’s and Men’s Artistic Gymnastics; the national rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline, tumbling and acrobatic gymnastics championships; the USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show; and USA Gymnastics for All Gymfest.

Here’s what you need to know about the gymnastics events from June 21 to 30.

That’s a lot of gymnastics. What are the different disciplines?

Athletes from three Olympic sports will compete in Minneapolis. There is artistic gymnastics. Think of Simone Biles and Mary Lou Retton. There is rhythmic gymnastics, where athletes perform choreographed routines to music using a hoop, ball, bats and ribbon. And there’s the trampoline, an Olympic event since 2000 in which gymnasts perform somersaults and twists from 30 feet in the air.

There will also be acrobatic gymnastics. Think of Cirque du Soleil. Couples or groups perform to music, involving dance, synchronized tumbling and partner skills such as pyramids and holds.

In tumbling, gymnasts perform acrobatic maneuvers on an elevated runway, while the double mini-competition combines trampoline and tumbling with a gymnast running to a small trampoline, performing an aerial skill and dismounting onto a mat.

What is the schedule?

June 21-26: Trampoline and Tumbling at Elite and Developmental Levels, Rhythmic Gymnastics and Acrobatics, Convention Center

June 26-30: USA Gymnastics for All GymFest, Convention Center. This event is known as group gymnastics and also includes a division for gymnasts with disabilities.

June 27-29: U.S. Olympic Trials, Men’s Artistic Gymnastics, Target Center

June 28-30: U.S. Olympic Trials, Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, Target Center

June 28-30: USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show, Convention Center. Visitors can watch educational presentations and demonstrations and visit vendor booths.

Will we see Simone Biles and Suni Lee?

Yes! Biles, 27, is an overwhelming favorite to qualify for her third Olympic team after returning to the sport last August, two years removed from withdrawing from several events at the Tokyo Games with a case of the ‘twisties’, a sudden inability to turn. The four-time Olympic gold medalist and 23-time world champion won the American championships two weeks ago by a wide margin.

Lee, 21, of St. Paul is the reigning Olympic all-around champion, but she has not competed internationally since Tokyo. After two spectacular seasons at Auburn, she was diagnosed with kidney disease that limited her ability to train. She had not competed in the all-around for more than a year before the U.S. Championships, but she placed fourth, including a second-place finish on the balance beam.

Who else will be here?

Sixteen women and twenty men qualified for the Olympic trials.

Shilese Jones, an all-around medalist at the last two world championships, was the top American woman behind Biles this season, but she missed the U.S. championships because of a shoulder injury. She plans to participate in competitions. With Jones eliminated, Skye Blakely finished second at the U.S. Championships, followed by Kayla DiCello. Tokyo Olympians Jade Carey and Jordan Chiles will also be on trial.

The men’s group is led by Brody Malone, a Tokyo Olympian who won his third U.S. all-around championship last month despite suffering a knee injury in March 2023 that required three surgeries. Shane Wiskus, a former Gopher from Spring Park, and Yul Moldauer are back on probation after being part of the team in Tokyo. Other contenders include Frederick Richard, a rising junior from Michigan who placed second at the national championships and third in the all-around at the world championships in October; and two Stanford stars: Khoi Young and Asher Hong.

So the Olympic teams are announced in Minneapolis?

Indeed. The five men who will represent the US in artistic gymnastics in Paris will be named at the end of the session on June 29, while the five women will be announced after the competition ends on June 30. Alternates will also be chosen for each team.

The woman and man who will represent the US on the trampoline will be announced on June 26.

The U.S. secured just one spot in rhythmic gymnastics in Paris, and Evita Griskenas, a 23-year-old from Orland Park, Illinois, has already earned that spot.

How are the Olympic teams chosen?

The Olympic Trials in Artistic Gymnastics will consist of two days of competition for women and men. Each day, gymnasts will perform one rotation of apparatus (jumping, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exercises for women; floor exercise, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar for men).

The highest scoring woman after two days of competition automatically qualifies for the Olympic team. A committee will choose the remaining four, taking into account the results of international competitions and four other U.S. events, including the past year’s U.S. Championships. The committee will also consider options for team, all-around and individual event medals.

In the men’s competition, the all-around winner at trials automatically qualifies for the Olympic Games if he is among the top three on three of the six apparatuses. A committee selects the other four, assessing the highest scoring potential in the team event and individual medals, looking primarily at performance at last month’s U.S. Championships and trials.

Are there still tickets available?

Yes. All-session tickets for all four days of the Olympic Trials remain in the second level of Target Center, starting at $450. Single-session tickets are available on the secondary market.

All-session tickets for the games at the Convention Center cost $120. Day passes range from $37 to $57.

An all-session ticket for GymFest costs $60, with day passes for $15-$20.

On-site registration for the USA Gymnastics Trade Show is $300 for members and $400 for non-members.

How do I watch on TV?

The Artistic Gymnastics Olympic Trials will be broadcast on NBC and USA Network and streamed on Peacock.

June 27 (Men’s Day 1): USA Network, Peacock 5-8 p.m.

June 28 (Women’s Day 1): Peacock 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM; NBC 7-9 p.m

June 29 (Men’s Day 2): NBC, Peacock 2-5 p.m.

June 30 (Women’s Day 2): Peacock 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM; NBC 7:30-10 p.m

The elite competition in trampoline, rhythmic gymnastics and acrobatic gymnastics June 24-26 will be streamed live for free on USA Gymnastics’ YouTube channel.

Development-level events can be streamed on FlipNow.TV for $7.99 per day.

Correction:
An earlier version of this story misstated Shane Wiskus’ hometown.