Kyla Ross, McKayla Maroney Named To 2013 USA Gymnastics World Team: Aliya Mustfina To Face Off Against Ross In All-Around Battle
By Staff Writer | September 08, 2013 11:42 AM EDT
This past week, a flurry of gymnastics news have surfaced regarding the 2013 world gymnastics championships, and Kyla Ross, McKayla Maroney will be the flagships captains of the USA ladies team.
The International Gymnastics Federation released several names that are expected to appear at the 2013 World Gymnastics Championships, and 2012 Olympic gold medalists Kyla Ross and McKayla Maroney are among them. Keep in mind, however, that the selection could still change up until the Championships.
As fans may know, the year after the Olympics does not have a team competition, so only the all-around and event finals will take place. Kyla Ross along with first-year senior Simone Biles will both compete for the all-around title.
This will be the most competitive event at the 2013 World Gymnastics Championships, as other Olympic veterans like Aliya Mustafina and Larisa Iordache will be vying for the title as well.
In addition to Kyla Ross, McKayla Maroney will be returning to the world stage after the 2012 Summer Olympics. McKayla Maroney will compete in the vault and floor exercise event finals, which are her specialties.
Joining Kyla Ross, McKayla Maroney, and Simone Biles, Brenna Dowell will compete in the uneven bars and balance beam events.
As noted by the USA gymnastics website, this team selection will be confirmed at a later date, despite being announced by the FIG.
"The U.S. Women's Team for the World Championships will be determined at the 2013 World Championships World Team Selection Camp, Sept. 12-16, at the USA Gymnastics National Team Training Center at the Karolyi Ranch," says the website.
The gymnasts being considered for the 2013 World Team include: Kennedy Baker, Simone Biles, Madison Desch, Brenna Dowell, Peyton Ernst, McKayla Maroney, Abigail Milliet, Maggie Nichols, Elizabeth Price, Kyla Ross, MyKayla Skinner.
Two noticeable names that are absent include Lexie Priessman and Katelyn Ohashi, who have been sidelined by injuries.
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