U.S. athletes look to make their mark at 2021 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships
KITAKYUSHU, Japan, October 14, 2021 – Led by a trio of Olympians for the men and two Olympic alternates for the women, Team USA is set to take on the world’s best in Kitakyushu, Japan, October 18-24. The 2021 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, held at Kitakyushu’s General Gymnasium, will kick off with three days of qualifications followed by all-around and individual event finals.
The American men will be represented by 2020 Olympians Brody Malone of Belfast, Tenn./Stanford University, Yul Moldauer of Wellington, Colo./5280 Gymnastics and Alec Yoder of Indianapolis, Ind./Ohio State University and World medalist on vault Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore, Md./Salto Gymnastics (vault). Moldauer also is a World medalist on floor exercise. Still rings specialist Alex Diab of Glen Ellyn, Ill./University of Illinois and pommel horse specialist Stephen Nedoroscik of Worcester, Mass./Penn State University also will look to make their marks on the world stage.
The U.S. women are led by 2020 Olympic alternates Kayla DiCello of Boyds, Md./Hill’s Gymnastics and Leanne Wong of Overland Park, Kan./Great American Gymnastics Express. They are joined by eMjae Frazier of Erial, N.J./Parkettes National Gymnastics Center and Konnor McClain of Cross Lanes, W.Va./WOGA Gymnastics. All women’s team members are competing in their first senior World Championships.
The U.S. women and men will participate in podium training with their assigned subdivisions on October 15 and 17, respectively. The women will qualify in subdivision three October 18, while the men will qualify in subdivision four on October 20.
The women’s all-around final will be held October 21 followed by the men’s all-around final October 22. Individual apparatus finals begin October 23 with the women’s uneven bars and vault and men’s floor exercise, pommel horse and still rings. The women’s balance beam and floor exercise and men’s horizontal bar, parallel bars and vault titles will be awarded on the final day of competition. The full schedule is listed below and is subject to change.
Only three gymnasts per country may compete on any apparatus, and a maximum of two may qualify to the individual all-around and event finals. The top-eight eligible gymnasts will advance to each championship final. Team competition will not be held.
How to stay up to date
Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will air the men’s and women’s all-around and event finals live, with same-day delayed coverage of the all-around competitions on NBCSN and additional World Championships coverage set to air October 24 on NBC and stream on Peacock at 1:30 p.m. ET. NBC Sports’ John Roethlisberger, 2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin and two-time Olympic medalist Tim Daggett will call the action.
Full training and competition schedule
All times local and subject to change. Kitakyushu is 13 hours ahead of Eastern Time.
- October 15: Women’s podium training – 1 p.m.
- October 17: Men’s podium training – 11:10 a.m.
- October 18: Women’s qualifications – 1 p.m.
- October 20: Men’s qualifications – 11:10 a.m.
- October 21: Women’s all-around final – 6 p.m.
- October 22: Men’s all-around final – 6 p.m.
- October 23: Individual event finals – 4:10 p.m.
- Men’s floor exercise
- Women’s vault
- Men’s pommel horse
- Women’s uneven bars
- Men’s still rings
- October 24: Individual event finals – 4:25 p.m.
- Men’s vault
- Women’s balance beam
- Men’s parallel bars
- Women’s floor exercise
- Men’s horizontal bar