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USA Gymnastics announces Pacific Rim Championships women’s team

Simone Biles

Simone Biles from the U.S. performs on the uneven bars, during the apparatus final at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. The event will take place until Sunday, Oct.6. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)


World all-around champion Simone Biles and Olympic team champion Kyla Ross lead the U.S. roster for the Pacific Rim Championships in April.

Biles and Ross will be joined by American Cup winner Elizabeth Price and, in the junior division, Bailie Key, Nia Dennis and Norah Flatley.

The men’s senior team of John Orozco, Alex Naddour and Chris Brooks was previously announced.

Biles and Ross, the reigning world all-around gold and silver medalists, missed the American Cup on March 1 due to injuries. Price, an alternate for the 2012 Olympic Team, won the American Cup.

The Pacific Rim Championships are a biennial international competition that includes team, individual all-around and apparatus finals from April 9-12.

Powers China and Japan are also expected to send gymnasts to the competition at the Richmond Olympic Oval, home of speed skating at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

The U.S. women won the 2012 Pacific Rim team title, five months before the London Olympics. Jordyn Wieber won the all-around title, Gabby Douglas won the uneven bars title and Ross won the balance beam.

The U.S. men also won in 2012, with Brooks and 2012 Olympian Sam Mikulak going one-two in the all-around.

Missing from the U.S. squad for the Pacific Rim Championships are veteran Olympic and world medalists McKayla Maroney and Jonathan Horton.

Maroney had knee surgery earlier this month. Horton had surgery at the end of last year.

Douglas and Wieber have not competed since 2012 but have left the door open to return. The other Fierce Five member, Aly Raisman, returned to training last year but has not competed in 2014.

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