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Sooners Ready for 2010 World Championships
October 17, 2010

Oct. 17, 2010

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands -- The 2010 World Championships for men's gymnastics gets underway on Oct. 18 and half of Team USA will be represented by the Sooner program.  Current OU gymnast Steven Legendre and former Sooners Chris Brooks and Jonathan Horton will compete in Rotterdam, Netherlands through Oct. 24.

This is the second consecutive year that half of the World Championship team is represented by OU gymnasts.

"It is pretty impressive to have half of the team be Sooners," said Williams. "I think it's a statement that not only is our program developing NCAA champions but we are also trying to take them to the international competitions."

The members of the World Team are: Brooks, Chris Cameron, Horton, Legendre, Danell Leyva, and Brandon Wynn. Paul Ruggeri, is the alternate.

At this year's Visa Championships, Horton claimed his second consecutive all-around title, while Brooks finished in fourth place and tallied the highest score on high bar for the competition. Legendre finished sixth in the all-around with the vault title.

Tom Meadows will also be representing OU at the World Championships as Horton's coach from Cypress Gymnastics. Meadows was a gymnast at Oklahoma from 1991-1993.

"I think that Jon has a good chance to medal in the all-around and on high bar," added Williams. "Steven will be on all six events and Chris is on floor, pommel, vault, parallel bars and high bar and this puts them in a good place to compete towards the 2012 Olympics."

For an in-depth interview with Oklahoma head coach Mark Williams about the 2010 World Championships, visit the
OU Men’s Gymnastics Blog.

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In addition to awarding world medals, the 2010 World Championships also determine the 24 countries that advance to the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo.  Countries have two opportunities to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games, finishing in the top eight in the team competition at the 2011 World Championships or in the top four at the 2012 Olympic Test Event in London. World champions and medalists will be determined for both men and women in the team, all-around and individual events.

The World Championships features team, all-around and individual event competition.  Qualification rounds determine advancement to the team, all-around, and apparatus finals. The men’s qualification rounds are Oct. 18-19. The top eight teams compete in the team finals on Oct. 20. The top 24 individuals compete in the all-around final on Oct. 22. For individual events, the top eight on each apparatus from the qualification rounds advance to the finals (Oct. 23-24). A maximum of two gymnasts per country advances to the all-around and individual event finals.

Fans can follow the action on both Universal Sports and NBC Sports.  Universal Sports is carrying a live webcast on universalsports.com and providing same-day, tape-delayed primetime broadcasts on its cable network for all of the final rounds. NBC Sports will broadcast coverage on Oct. 23 and 24. For the complete web and TV schedules, go to usagym.org/worlds.

USA Gymnastics' Web site, www.usa-gymnastics.org, will have results and a variety of information on the U.S. Team's efforts in London.

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