Olympics Summer

Men's Team

Who to look out for in men's team gymnastics

Country China
Credentials Gold at 2000 Sydney Games; gold at world championships in 2003, 2006 and 2007

Country Japan
Credentials Gold at 2004 Athens Games; bronze at 2006 world championships and silver at 2007 world championships

Country U.S.
Credentials Silver at 2004 Athens Games; 13th at 2006 world championships and fourth at 2007 world championships

On a roll

China is the hottest team right now because it has incredible depth. The team will be competing at home, so it has been provided with everything it needs to climb to the top of the medal podium.

On a slide

Romania has struggled in recent years while Dragulescu has struggled with injuries. The team finished eighth at last year's world championships. But Dragulescu's return could make a big difference. 

Under the radar

Russian athletes have suffered injuries but a healthy team could be a serious contender in Beijing. The squad finished seventh at last year's world championships.

The Canadians

This is the strongest men's team Canada has ever sent to the Olympics. It has an outside chance of making the final. The squad finished sixth at the 2006 world championships. It also placed 11th at last year's edition without two of its top contenders. Adam Wong and Kyle Shewfelt were sidelined by injuries but they are back for Beijing.

X-Factor

The new scoring system leaves no room for error; every competitor's score counts. In the past, the weakest score was dropped and didn't go toward the final tally. 

The lowdown

CBC analyst Lori Ballard predicts China will come out on top, leaving the others to battle for silver. All the countries have been working on increasing their athletes' start values but China is far ahead on that front.