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Beijing Olympics

Olympics: U.S. roster moves

Defending all-around gold medalist Paul Hamm has a broken right hand and will have to petition for a spot on the U.S. gymnastics team.

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Defending all-around gold medalist Paul Hamm has a broken right hand and will have to petition for a spot on the U.S. gymnastics team.

About 550 athletes will represent the United States at the Beijing Olympics in August. Some will have been Olympians for a year by the time the Games start Aug. 8, others a couple of days. We break down which teams have picked their representatives and which ones will set their rosters during the next two months and how they'll do it. The United States didn't qualify for the Games in four events: men's field hockey, men's and women's team handball and rhythmic gymnastics.

Ready to go

These teams are set for the Games: archery, badminton, boxing, fencing, modern pentathlon, sailing, shooting, softball, synchronized swimming,

table tennis, tae kwon do and weightlifting.

Taking shape

Baseball, USA Baseball must pick a team by July 15. Players on 25-man major-league rosters as of that date aren't eligible. Minor-league

players made up the Olympic qualifying and 2007 World Cup teams. Davey Johnson is the manager.

Basketball, USA Basketball is picking the men's and women's teams. The men's 12-player roster, taken from the national team made up

of NBA players, will be announced June 30 after a minicamp in Las Vegas. Mike Krzyzewski is the coach.

The women's 12-player roster, to come from the WNBA, was started with nine players last month: Lisa Leslie, Katie Smith, Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Tina Thompson, Seimone Augustus, Sylvia Fowles, Candace Parker and Cappie Pondexter. The final three will be named by July 1. Anne Donovan is the coach.

Beach volleyball, Two men's and two women's teams can qualify for the Games. Qualifiers will be named by July 27 based on world rankings from tournament results through July 20.

Canoe/kayak, Paddlers began qualifying boats and accumulating selection points at the 2007 world championship. The process ends with the Prague World Cup on June 20-22. The roster will be announced in July.

Cycling, Selections for all track, road, mountain bike and BMX teams will be announced July 1. They will be determined by several criteria, including World Cup event point totals and Olympic trials results. One of three spots in BMX, which makes its Olympic debut, will be determined at its Olympic trials Saturday in Chula Vista, Calif.

Diving, USA Diving will select the men's and women's teams with a two-phase process, the trials June 18-22 in Indianapolis and the

Olympic team selection camp July 2-6 at the University of Tennessee.

Equestrian, The jumping, dressage and eventing teams will be selected by the U.S. Equestrian Federation based on various criteria, including Olympic trials and other competitions, and announced July 15.

Field hockey, The women's roster will be announced June 23.

Gymnastics, The men's six-member team will be selected by USA Gymnastics using weighted scores from May's national championships

and the Olympic trials June 19-22 in Philadelphia. Injured gymnasts who could not compete in either or both events may petition

for a spot on the team. That's the situation for defending all-around gold medalist Paul Hamm, who broke his right hand at the national meet.

The women's six-member team has automatic berths for the top two finishers at the trials. The other four spots will be filled by

USA Gymnastics after a selection camp July 16-20 in Houston. Injured gymnasts may petition for spots.

Judo, The men's and women's teams qualified to send representatives in 10 weight classes. They will be selected at the Olympic trials Friday through June 15 in Las Vegas.

Rowing, Four- and eight-person crews for the six men's and women's "big boats" the United States has qualified for the Games will be named by USA Rowing by June 27, determined by selection camp performance or race results, depending on the event.

"Small boats" — single- and two-rower events — that haven't qualified have a last chance at the Olympic Qualification Regatta on June 15-18 in Poznan, Poland. For small boats that have qualified, rowers can get places in them at the Olympic trials Monday through Friday in West Windsor, N.J.

Soccer, On the men's side, the United States will be represented by its under-23 national team. Coach Peter Nowak will name the 18-player roster in July. Two players with Tampa Bay area connections are in the mix, former Lakewood and USF player Anthony Wallace

and Tampa native Blake Wagner, who are with Dallas of MLS.

Women's coach Pia Sundhage will name an 18-player roster from the national team pool in July.

Swimming, The men's and women's teams will be selected at the trials June 29-July 6 in Omaha, Neb. And add two bay area swimmers to the candidate pool: J.P. Arnold and Jason Taylor in the 1, 500-meter freestyle. Both swim at the Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center.

Taylor, who will be a senior at Newsome High in Lithia, won the 100-yard butterfly state title last year.

Tennis, The men's and women's teams start to take shape Monday with the release of the first post-French Open rankings.

Track and field, The marathon and 50-kilometer racewalk spots have been filled. The rest of the men's and women's teams take shape at the trials June 27-July 6 in Eugene, Ore. A former Tampa Bay area competitor will be shot putter Garrett Johnson, who went to Tampa Bay Christian (formerly Tampa Baptist) and Florida State and won the 2006 NCAA title.

Trampoline, One man and one woman will be chosen by USA Gymnastics after the final of four points-based selection events July 1

in Kansas City, Mo.

Triathlon, Two men and two women earned berths through competitions last fall and in April. One more man and woman will be determined at the Hy-Vee Triathlon on June 22 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Volleyball, The men's and women's 12-member teams will be selected by the coaching staffs from the national team pools and named July 1.

Water polo, The men's and women's 13-member rosters will be selected by the coaching staffs from the national teams and announced June 30.

Wrestling, The Greco-Roman and men's and women's freestyle teams will be determined at the trials Friday through June 15 in Las Vegas.

About the Games

The 29th Summer Games are Aug. 8-24 in Beijing. More than 10,000 athletes from 205 nations are expected to compete.

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