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USA Gymnastics splits men’s, women’s Olympic trials

McKayla Maroney

SAN JOSE, CA - JUNE 29: McKayla Maroney competes on the beam during day 2 of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team Trials at HP Pavilion on June 28, 2012 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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The U.S. Olympic trials for men’s and women’s gymnastics will be separate events for the first time in 40 years in 2016, giving the U.S. men two more weeks between the trials and Olympics than in 2012.

The 2016 men’s trials will be June 24-26 in St. Louis, in conjunction with the women’s P&G Championships.

The women’s trials will be July 8-10 in San Jose, Calif., which hosted both the men’s and women’s trials for London 2012.

The men’s P&G Championships will be June 3-5 in Hartford, Conn.

The men’s and women’s combined trials in 2012 were June 28-July 1, with the London Olympics starting July 27.

The Rio Olympics start Aug. 5. So the U.S. men will finish their trials with two more weeks to prepare for Rio than they had for London.

At London 2012, the U.S. men led all nations in team qualifying but faltered to fifth in the final two days later.

“It took a lot out of them, because they didn’t have those couple of weeks, they didn’t have the physical stamina to regroup and get ready for the finals in the way they would have liked,” USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny said, according to The Associated Press. “Two additional weeks will really help them.”

Here’s the calendar for key U.S. gymnastics events in 2016:

June 3-5 -- Men’s P&G Championships; women’s Secret Classic, Hartford
June 23-26 -- Men’s Olympic trials; women’s P&G Championships, St. Louis
July 8-10 -- Women’s Olympic trials, San Jose

The 2016 USA Swimming Olympic trials will be June 26-July 3 in Omaha.

The 2016 USA Track and Field Olympic trials will be July 1-10 in Eugene, Ore.

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