The United States Olympic Committee is preparing to announce its preliminary schedule for the Rio Games later this month, but some Olympic coaches are questioning whether the U.S. will make it.
“I’m a big believer that we have to be proactive and be patient and just wait and see what happens,” said gymnastics coach Jennifer Schloss, who has coached Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman and U.K. gymnast Simone Biles.
“I don’t know if they’ll be ready by the opening ceremony.”
While the U of A’s gymnastics team is expected to begin training in August, the team itself is not expected to be ready until late October, when the UO’s track and field team will begin competing.
Schloss said that the Uo gymnastics staff is confident in the depth of support they’ve been able to provide for the U-18s, but that the program has to be careful to ensure that it has the resources it needs to train well and compete at a high level.
“We need to make sure that we’re preparing our athletes well to be able to compete,” she said.
“It’s hard for us to just get people on the team when you have such a short window of time.
So I think that we need to do our best to ensure we have the resources that we’ll need for this team, and it’s hard.”
The Uo men’s team will take on France on Monday night in a semifinal matchup that could determine who will advance to the Olympic final.
France has already won the gold medal at last year’s Olympics, while Uo coach Jennifer Wooten is hoping that the team can win the bronze medal and move onto the final, where it will face the U23 team from Canada.
The U.O. team will play host to the U22 women’s team at the same time as the men’s, while the U21s will play in Brazil to take on Brazil’s U20 team.
The teams will meet in the semifinals of the U18 world championships, which take place in London on June 15-17.
The full UO schedule will be announced later this week.