The U.S. Gymnastics Championships that run today through Saturday in Nashville will have a part in determining the U.S. Olympic teams, but the event's contribution is different for men and women.
On the men's side, the gymnasts with the top two scores in the all-around competitions at this event and the June 24-27 Olympic team trials in Anaheim, Calif., will be named to the team. The preliminary and final all-around events in Nashville will each count for 20 percent of each athlete's score with the prelims and finals at the trials counting for 30 percent each. The rest of the team will be determined by the Olympic Team Selection Committee and might be dependent upon a July 11-18 selection camp in Colorado Springs.
On the women's side, there are no automatic Olympic berths. The top 12 finishers will be invited to the Olympic trials. The top two at the trials will automatically earn spots at the July 13-18 Olympic selection camp in Houston. There, the women's Olympic Team Selection Committee, led by Martha Karolyi, will determine the six team members and three alternates using such criteria as international experience, readiness to compete and consistency.
-- Amy Shipley