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U.S. Announces Olympic Team
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Following a two-day selection camp at the Karolyi ranch in Texas, the U.S. announced the women's team Saturday for next month's Olympic Games in Beijing.

Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin, who secured berths following their 1-2 performance at the U.S. Olympic Trials in June, will be joined by Alicia Sacramone, Chellsie Memmel, Samantha Peszek and Bridget Sloan.

Alternates are Jana Bieger, Ivana Hong and Corrie Lothrop.

Johnson's coach Liang Chow is the head coach. A female assistant coach will be named at a later date.

The U.S. women finished second to Romania at the 2004 Olympics, second to China at the 2006 Worlds and first at the 2007 Worlds. Hong, Johnson, Liukin, Peszek and Sacramone were members of the gold medal-winning team in 2007, while Sloan was an alternate. Memmel was an alternate to the 2004 U.S. team.

The gymnasts will return home for a few days and then head back to the ranch for a preparatory camp before leaving for China. The U.S. women will stay in the Olympic Village until prior to the competition, when they will move to a private residence.

The team alternates will train in Tianjin, hometown of Peszek's coach, Peter Zhao.

Also on Saturday, USA Gymnastics confirmed Paul Hamm's position on the men's Olympic team. Hamm, who suffered a broken hand in May, proved his readiness this week at a training camp in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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