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Dates: July 20-30

Venue: Georgia Dome, Atlanta

TV sessions:

July 20 _ 3-6 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.-midnight

July 22 _ 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.-midnight

July 24 _ 7:30 p.m.-midnight

July 28 _ 7 p.m.-midnight

July 29 _ 7 p.m.-midnight

July 30 _ 7:30 p.m.-midnight

Daily schedule:

July 20 _ Team compulsories.

July 22 _ Team optionals.

July 24 _ Individual all-around finals.

July 28 _ Individual finals in floor, pommel horse, rings.

July 29 _ Individual finals in vault, parallel bars, horizontal bar.

July 30 _ Exhibition.

U.S. TEAM:

Mihai Bagiu, Albuquerque, N.M.

Jair Lynch, Washington

John Macready, Los Angeles

John Roethlisberger, Minneapolis

Kip Simons, Bloomsburg, Pa.

Chainey Umphrey, Albuquerque, N.M.

Blaine Wilson, Columbus, Ohio

About the sport: Men's gymnastics consists of six events: floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings, vault, parallel bars, horizontal bar.

How the competition works: Each of the 12 teams has seven gymnasts. Six compete in each apparatus and the top five scores after compulsory and optional exercises count toward the team score. From this initial phase of competition, athletes (no more than three per country) earn spots in the all-around and apparatus finals, which feature only optional exercises.

Scoring: The competitor starts with a 9.00. Judges make deductions for flaws in execution and for any missing requirements in the composition of the exercise. The judges may award bonus points up to 1.00, producing the elusive perfect 10.

All-time U.S. Olympic team: Bart Conner (two golds in 1984), Tim Daggett (one gold, one bronze in 1984), Mitch Gaylord (one gold, one silver, two bronze in 1984), Peter Vidmar (two gold, one silver in 1984), Trent Dimas (one gold in 1992). The 1984 team will remain a special one in U.S. men's history: The team won its first team medal in 52 years. George Eyser and Anton Heida are honorable mention selectees to this team. The two combined for nine medals, including four golds for Heida and two for Eyser, at the 1904 Olympics.

_ ERNEST HOOPER

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