Men's Gymnastics
Spring Leads In Two Events After First Day of World Championship Selection Competition

Justin Spring leads in floor exercise and parallel bars after the first day of World Team selection.
Justin Spring leads in floor exercise and parallel bars after the first day of World Team selection.

Oct. 14, 2005

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - University of Illinois gymnast Justin Spring concluded the first day of two at the 2005 World Gymnastics Championship Men's Team Selection Competition on Friday at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Spring is one of 19 of the country's best male gymnasts vying for a spot on the six-man team that will compete in the 2005 World Championships in Melbourne, Australia, November 21-27.

"Overall Justin had an outstanding day," assistant coach Jon Valdez said. "He hit his floor routine and his new stuff on high bar. He had a slight mishap at the end of his high bar routine, but if there was any event to miss, it would be on the high bar. As the reigning national champion on high bar, I don't think it hurts his chances of making the team much."

The Burke, Va., native is currently in first place in two of his three events after scoring a 9.65 on parallel bars and a 9.4 on floor exercise. Assistant coach Jon Valdez and Spring decided to pull out of the vault event to focus on his other events. The reigning national high bar champion and two-time high bar All-American found himself tied for fifth place on the event with a 9.15.

"My sets all went well today," Spring said. "I hit the technically harder parts of my high bar routine but I messed up a little at the end. My new stuff came out today and I hit it all really well. Hopefully I can clean up my sets on Sunday and impress the judges."

The second and final day of competition will be on Sunday. The judges will then select the remaining five spots for the team and announce them on October 17. Todd Thornton has already earned a spot on the roster by winning the all-around event title of the 2005 Visa U.S. National Championships in August.