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Podium training begins Thursday at the Rio Olympic Arena for the 2016 Aquece Gymnastics Test Event, the final opportunity for gymnasts to earn direct qualification to this summer's Olympic Games. Pictured: Brazilian hopeful Flávia Saraiva

Men's podium training begins Thursday at the Rio Olympic Arena for the 2016 Aquece Gymnastics Test Event, the final opportunity for gymnasts to earn direct qualification to this summer's Olympic Games. Teams that already qualified were also eligible to send gymnasts to compete for experience.

Women's podium training takes place on Friday. The men's qualification competition is on Saturday and the women on Sunday. The apparatus finals for both is on Sunday.

At stake this weekend are team and individual berths. In both men's and women's artistic gymnastics, eight teams will battle it out for the four remaining team spots for this summer, when 12 nations will compete in the team competition. The artistic gymnastics quota for the Olympic Games remains the same in 2016, with spots for 96 women and 96 men. That includes 60 gymnasts for the team competition representing the 12 five-gymnast squads, plus 36 individuals.

The competition this weekend is the second Olympic qualification after last fall's world championships in Glasgow, where the top eight teams for men and women earned automatic qualification to the Olympic Games. (Gymnasts who won event medals in Glasgow also earned automatic qualification if their teams did not place in the top eight.) Teams that finished ninth to 16th in Glasgow advanced full teams to this weekend's event, while teams that finished 19th to 24th were were invited to send two individuals.

The FIG allotted 40 individual spots each for men and women at the Rio test event, based on finishes at the 2015 Worlds. (The recent withdrawal of Sweden's Jonna Adlerteg, who tore her meniscus, has dropped the number of women to 39, however.) Individual gymnasts did not qualify to the test event directly based on their finishes in Glasgow; federations were free to nominate gymnasts based on their own criteria. The Jamaica federation, for example, snubbed former British competitors Reiss Beckford and Danusia Francis (80th and 66th in Glasgow, respectively) in favor of Caleb Faulk and Toni-Ann Williams, despite their lower finishes in Glasgow (165th and 93rd, respectively).

Despite the attention on the home team, the highest-profile female gymnast in Rio will be six-time Olympian Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan, who will be attempting to become the first gymnast to ever compete in seven Olympic Games. Chusovitina, who turns 41 in June, has been training an impressive new double-twisting Tsukahara vault.

Venezuela's Jessica López (2008 and 2012) and Greece's Vasiliki Millousi (2000 and 2012) are each aiming for their third Olympic Games.

The Brazilian men have already qualified a full team through their placing in Glasgow, where they finished seventh in preliminaries. The women, however, finished ninth in Glasgow, but are favored to qualify on Sunday, boosted by the home crowd and the return of Rebeca Andrade, who was out with injury last year.

The Romanian women, who finished a very unlucky 13th in Glasgow, face a more uphill battle. Catalina Ponor is back, after missing last year's worlds with a calf injury that required surgery. However, the team has lost two-time world all-around medalist Larisa Iordache, who is out with a broken finger. Belgium, 11th in Glasgow, is expected to be a force with the addition of first-year senior Axelle Klinckaert. The competition will be a very close fight with France and Germany gunning for the top four, and European champion Giulia Steingruber leading the Swiss charge.

In the men's competition, full teams from Germany, France and Belgium will also be competing for spots. A shoulder injury to three-time Olympian Fabian Hambüchen has weakened the German squad, which will rely heavily on Marcel Nguyen and Andreas Bretschneider. Ukraine's Oleg Vernyayev has already qualified as an individual thanks to his silver medal on parallel bars in Glasgow, but has the potential to lead Ukraine to a top-four finish.

Belarus, which finished 16th in Glasgow, declined its spot, allowing 17th-place Belgium the unexpected chance to send a full team. Belarus instead sent two individuals.

The men's individual competition includes many gymnasts expected to not just qualify but have an impact on the competition this summer, particularly South Americans Tomás González (Chile) and Jossimar Calvo (Colombia). Calvo withdrew from last weekend's Pacific Rim Championships with a minor pulled muscle in order to concentrate on the test event.

Though the Brazilian men already qualified a full team, reigning Olympic still rings champion Arthur Zanetti leads a small field of competitors truly using the competition as a test event. Other competitors whose teams have already qualified include Brazil's Sérgio Sasaki, Canada's Isabela Onyshko and Victoria-Kayen Woo, China's Liao Junlin, Americans Jake Dalton and John Orozco; Great Britain's Brinn Bevan, Becky Downie, Gabby Jupp and Nile Wilson; and Dutch twins Lieke and Sanne Wevers.

External Link: FIG Olympic Qualification Guidelines

2016 Aquece Gymnastics Test Event
April 16-18, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Olympic Qualifier: Women's Teams
Georgia-Rose Brown1995
Alexandra Eade1998
Emily Little1994
Larrissa Miller1992
Rianna Mizzen1999
Kiara Munteanu1997
Emma Nedov1996
Julie Croket1994
Senna Deriks2000
Rune Hermans1999
Axelle Klinckaert2000
Gäelle Mys1991
Cindy Vandenhole1999
Laura Waem1997
Rebeca Andrade1999
Jade Barbosa1991
Daniele Hypólito1984
Lorrane Oliveira1998
Carolyne Pedro2000
Flávia Saraiva1999
Milena Theodoro1999
Camille Bahl1999
Marine Boyer2000
Marine Brevet1994
Loan His1999
Anne Kuhm1996
Oréane Lechenault2000
Louise Vanhille1998
Tabea Alt2000
Maike Enderle2000
Leah Griesser1998
Pauline Schäfer1997
Sophie Scheder1997
Elisabeth Seitz1993
Pauline Tratz1999
Jeong Heeyeon1997
Kim Chaeyeon1998
Kim Juran1997
Lee Eun Ju1999
Lee Goim2000
Lee Hyebeen1998
Yun Narae1997
Diana Bulimar1995
Maria Holbura2000
Andreea Iridon1999
Anamaria Ocolișan1997
Cătălina Ponor1987
Dora Vulcan1999
Silvia Zarzu1998
Caterina Barloggio1996
Thea Brogli2000
Nicole Hitz1997
Ilaria Käslin1997
Laura Schulte1997
Stefanie Siegenthaler1998
Giulia Steingruber1994
Olympic Qualifier: Men's Teams
Maxime Gentges1995
Daan Kenis1994
Luka van den Keybus1997
Florian Landuyt1996
Bram Louwije1994
Jimmy Verbaeys1993
Siemon Volkaert1992
René Cournoyer1997
Ken Ikeda1982
Anderson Loran1991
Scott Morgan1989
Jackson Payne1991
Hugh Smith1984
Samuel Zakutney1998
Nestor Abad1993
Ruben López1990
Andrés Martín1996
Joel Plata1998
Alberto Tallón1993
Adrià Vera1996
Rayderley Zapata1993
Kévin Antoniotti1989
Axel Augis1990
Guillaume Augugliaro1991
Julien Gobaux1990
Zachari Hrimèche1997
Samir Aït Saïd1989
Cyril Tommasone1987
Andreas Bretschneider1989
Lukas Dauser1993
Philipp Herder1992
Helge Liebrich1988
Marcel Nguyen1987
Ivan Rittschik1992
Andreas Toba1990
Anthony van Assche1989
Michel Bletterman1992
Bart Deurloo1991
Frank Rijken1996
Casimir Schmidt1995
Jeffrey Wammes1987
Epke Zonderland1986
Cristian Bățagă1988
Marius Berbecar1985
Vlad Cotuna1990
Marian Dragulescu1980
Andrei Muntean1993
Ioan Nistor1992
Alexandru Ursache1988
Vladyslav Hryko1997
Igor Radivilov1992
Maksym Semiankiv1992
Andrii Sienichkin1991
Oleg Vernyayev1993
Illia Yehorov1995

Olympic Qualifier: Women's Individuals
Farah Boufadene1999
Ailén Valente1996
Houry Gebeshian1989
Lisa Ecker1992
Elisa Hämmerle1995
Marina Nekrasova1995
Kylie Dickson1999
Simona Castro1989
Catalina Escobar1990
Ana Đerek1998
Marcia Vidiaux1999
Claudia Colom1998
Ana Pérez1997
Argyro Afrati1998
Vasiliki Millousi1984
Ana Sofía Gómez1995
Zsófia Kovács2000
Noémi Makra1997
Dipa Karmakar1993
Ellis O'Reilly1998
Irina Sazonova1991
Toni-Ann Williams1995
Farah Ann Abdul Hadi1994
Ana Lago1995
Alexa Moreno1994
Courtney McGregor1998
Ariana Orrego1998
Gabriela Janik1993
Katarzyna Jurkowska-Kowalska1992
Ana Filipa Martins1996
Teja Belak1994
Barbora Mokošová1997
Emma Larsson1998
Thema Williams1995
Tutya Yılmaz1999
Angelina Kysla1991
Oksana Chusovitina1975
Jessica López1986
Phan Thị Hà Thanh1991
Olympic Qualifier: Men's Individuals
Mohamed Abdeldjalil Bourguieg1996
Nicolás Córdoba1989
Artur Davtyan1992
Michael Mercieca1991
Petro Pakhnyuk1991
Dmitry Barkalov1986
Andrei Likhovitsky1986
Tomás González1985
Jossimar Calvo1994
Javier Sandoval1993
Tarik Soto1994
Filip Ude1986
Randy Lerú1995
Marios Georgiou1997
David Jessen1996
Oskar Kirmes1995
Christos Lympanovnos1984
Vlasios Maras1983
Wai Hung Shek1991
Vid Hidvégi1986
Botond Kardos1997
Kieran Behan1989
Alexander Shatilov1987
Ludovico Edalli1993
Matteo Morandi1981
Caleb Faulk1993
Robert Tvorogal1994
Kevin Cerda1994
Daniel Corral1990
Stian Skjerahaug1992
Misha Koudinov1991
Gustavo Simões1990
Andres Pérez1998
Luis Rivera1986
Ryan Patterson1994
Chen Chih-Yu1988
Lee Chih Kai1996
Ferhat Arıcan1993
Anton Fokin1982
Phạm Phước Hưng1988

Test Event: Women's Competitors
Isabela Onyshko1998
Victoria-Kayen Woo1997
Gong Kangyi2000
Zhang Jin2000
Becky Downie1992
Gabby Jupp1997
Giorgia Campana1995
Lara Mori1998
Lieke Wevers1991
Sanne Wevers1991
Test Event: Men's Competitors
Sérgio Sasaki1992
Arthur Zanetti1990
Liao Junlin1990
Sun Wei1995
Brinn Bevan1997
Nile Wilson1996
Chihiro Yoshioka1991
Kim Hansol1995
Yoo Wonchul1984
Taha Serhani1995
Kevin Rossi1990
Jake Dalton1991
John Orozco1992
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