U.S. Trinity Thomas competes at the Jesolo Trophy in 2016. Photograph: Silvia Vatteroni

The United States and the Russian Federation have revealed their provisional lists of gymnasts who will compete at the 2017 City of Jesolo Trophy, which will take place in Jesolo, Italy, on 1 and 2 April. The roster looks stellar for both teams.

TEAM USA

Seniors
Riley McCusker, MG Elite
Morgan Hurd, First State
Trinity Thomas, Prestige
Ashton Locklear, Everest
Alyona Shchennikova, 5280 Gymnastics
Abby Paulson, Twin City Twisters
Jordan Chiles, Naydenov
Jade Carey, Oasis

Juniors
Maile O'Keefe, Salcianu's
Emma Malabuyo, Texas Dreams
Gabby Perea, Legacy Elite
Adeline Kenlin, Iowa Gym-Nest
Sunisa Lee, Midwest Gymnastics Center
Olivia Dunne, ENA Paramus

Five gymnasts in the U.S. team will make their international debut in Jesolo: Alyona Shchennikova, Abby Paulson, Jade Carey, Adeline Kenlin, and Olivia Dunne. Most gymnasts will also be making their 2017 debut. On the senior roster, the only gymnast to have competed in 2017 is first-year-senior Riley McCusker, who represented team USA at the American Cup earlier this month, where she finished fifth. In the junior ranks, Maile O’Keefe, Emma Malabuyo, Gabby Perea and Sunisa Lee were part of the gold-medal-winning US team at the 2017 International Gymnix in Montreal a couple of weeks ago. The most experienced gymnast in the team is world champion and Olympic alternate Ashton Locklear. Her appearance in Jesolo will mark her first competition since the Olympic Trials last July. The most notable absentee is Olympic alternate and 2017 American Cup champion Ragan Smith. This, however, comes as no surprise. Smith, her coach Kim Zmeskal has revealed to FloGymnastics, will now focus on new upgrades and on polishing her routines and will not compete again until the Secret U.S. Classics this summer.

TEAM RUSSIA

Seniors
Angelina Melnikova
Elena Eremina
Anastasia Iliankova
Seda Tutkhalian
Daria Spiridonova (reserve)
Natalia Kapitonova (reserve)

Juniors
Angelina Simakova
Ksenia Klimenko
Varvara Zubova
Anastasia Agafonova

Russia is equally sending a stellar team to Jesolo. The senior roster includes three Olympic medallists: Angelina Melnikova, Seda Tutkhalian and Daria Spiridonova as a reserve. Melnikova recently won silver in the all around at the Stuttgart World Cup. Also in the team are rising stars Elena Eremina, Anastasia Iliankova and Natalia Kapitonova as a second reserve. Kapitonova and Eremina helped Russia win the 2017 Stuttgart Team Challenge last week and Kapitonova also won the all around. Iliankova is the current junior European champion but has not competed internationally this year yet. The junior team is also very talented, despite being very young and lacking some international experience. Varvara Zubova, in particular, has already made a name for herself for her jaw-dropping beam work.


By Talitha Ilacqua
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