NORMAN, Okla. -- University of Oklahoma head coach Mark Williams and three former Sooners are in Antwerp, Belgium, at the 2013 World Gymnastics Championships beginning Monday, Sep. 30.
Former Sooner All-Americans Jake Dalton, Steven Legendre and Alexander Naddour are seeking to medal at Worlds next week as members of the USA National Team, joining Sam Mikulak, John Orozco and Brandon Wynn.
To follow the World Championships, see broadcast information below.
This year's World Championships are an individual competition only, with medals given to men’s and women’s individual all-around and event champions. Qualification rounds determine advancement to the all-around and individual event finals. The top 24 individual gymnasts in the qualification round rankings advance to the all-around finals on Oct. 3 (men) and Oct. 4 (women). For individual events, the top eight on each event from the qualification rounds qualify for the finals (Oct. 5-6). A maximum of two gymnasts per country advances to the finals.
Legendre is making his fourth Worlds appearance while Dalton and Naddour are making their third and second appearances, respectively.
"To go out there and represent and hopefully do my best is not only an honor but it's a lot of fun," Legendre said.
In all, gymnasts from OU have participated in the World Championships or Olympics every year since 2006. At the last World Championships in 2011 in Tokyo, Dalton, Legendre and Naddour (along with two other former Sooners, Chris Brooks and Jonathan Horton) helped Team USA to a team bronze medal.
"It's a testament to the athletes we bring in and what they do once they get in our system," said Williams, who is acting as Dalton's and Legendre's personal coach. "We're excited to get another opportunity to be on the world stage.
"It's not just about college athletics here at Oklahoma," Williams went on. "We want to put them on the teams that go to international events, go to World Championships and hopefully the Olympic games."
The field is expected to include 278 men from 71 countries and 147 women from 59 countries for a total of 425 athletes from 76 countries.
Here’s a quick overview of the various ways to watch and follow the U.S. Team’s performances at the 2013 World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium. For more information on the World Championships, please go to usagymworlds.com.
Schedule (all times Central)
Sep. 30, 11:00-1:30 p.m.
Oct. 1, 3-5:30 a.m.
Oct. 3, 1-3:30 p.m.
Individual event finals
Oct. 5 (FX, PH, SR), 7:30 a.m.
Oct. 6 (VT, PB, HB), 7:30 p.m.
Live Webcast. UniversalSports.com will have a live webcast of the all-around and individual event finals from Antwerp, which will also be available at usagymworlds.com. For U.S. Eastern Daylight Savings time, the live webcasts are scheduled for: Oct. 3 – men’s all-around final, 2 p.m.; Oct. 4 – women’s all-around final, 2 p.m.; Oct. 5-6 – individual event finals, 8:30 a.m. (NOTE: Antwerp is 6 hours ahead of New York City; when it is noon in Antwerp, it is 6 a.m. in New York.)
Cable TV. Universal Sports will show all of the finals live on its cable network: Oct. 3 – men’s all-around final, 2 p.m.; Oct. 4 – women’s all-around final, 2 p.m.; Oct. 5-6 – individual event finals, 8:30 a.m. All times are Eastern. Universal Sports will also carry encore presentations of its World telecasts. Calling the action throughout the competition will be a team comprised of play-by-play announcer Steve Schlanger alongside analysts 1984 Olympic gold medalist Bart Connor, 1996 Olympic gold-medalist Amanda Borden, and Olympian Kip Simons. Be sure to check your local listings for times. Universal Sports Network is now available on Time Warner Cable, Cox, satellite providers DIRECTV and DISH and numerous regional cable and IPTV operators in markets across the country. To find Universal Sports Network in your area, go to http://universalsports.com/tv-listings/channel-finder/.
NBC. NBC will broadcast coverage of the World Championships from 2-4 p.m. ET on Oct. 12-13. The commentators are Al Trautwig, 1984 Olympic gold-medalist Tim Daggett and 2008 Olympic gold-medalist Nastia Liukin.
usagymworlds.com. USA Gymnastics will provide enhanced coverage from Antwerp that will include results and photos from the competition, as well as interviews and the webcast. Fans can also follow the action at Facebook.com/USAGymnastics, and Twitter @usagym or #FIG2013Antwerp.
Live scoring. The International Gymnastics Federation provides live scoring from its World Championships. For more information and access, go to antwerp2013.fig-gymnastics.com.
Event info. USA Gymnastics has created a dedicated website, www.usagymworlds.com, which will have results, photos and other information on the U.S. Team’s efforts in Antwerp, along with access to live scoring and webcast. In addition, follow the U.S. Team on Facebook at www.facebook.com/USAGymnastics and on Twitter, @usagym or #FIG2013Antwerp.