With just six weeks to go before the 2016 Olympic Games commence in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, there's one less unknown entity for Team USA. Following the conclusion of the sport's Olympic Trials on June 25, five athletes --and three alternates-- were named to the US men's Olympic gymnastics team. So who's going to go for gold and who was left out in the cold?

US gymnastics team members headed to Rio

Selected to represent the nation were four-time US national champion Sam Mikulak, who posted the highest all-around marks at both the 2016 P&G Championships in early June and the Trials; Chris Brooks, who placed second behind Mikulak; 2012 Olympian John Orozco; Alex Naddour; and Jake Dalton.

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The three alternates, world medalists Donnell Whittenburg and Danell Leyva, and Akash Modi, were named on the morning of June 26 and will compete should any of the team members suffer an injury.

Olympians respond with tears, joy

The talented gymnasts had varied but universally emotional reactions to the good news. Brooks, who was an alternate for the 2012 London squad, is getting his first chance to go for Olympic gold at age 29 after experiencing what he termed "a career of almosts." Naddour, who is the Olympic team's other freshman member, cried as he told reporters how his wife and family had sacrificed in order to make his dream become a reality.

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Dalton, who competed in London alongside Orozco and Mikulak, tweeted his gratitude to family, friends, and fans. He wrote "Dream come true!! Thanks for all the best wishes! Couldn't have done it without all my supporters! #RoadtoRio."

Orozco, who suffered a potentially career-snuffing injury to his Achilles heel shortly after losing his mother last year, was in tears as he digested the news that he'd made the team.

He told NBC that he would "give it all [he's] got" while in Rio and expressed thankfulness that he'd been given the opportunity to compete.

A jubilant Mikulak, meanwhile, shared that he didn't think he'd stop smiling any time soon, and that he'd felt an immediate connection to his fellow 2016 Olympic teammates.

Gymnastics at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio kicks off on Aug. 6. The US ladies' team, which will almost certainly be led by reigning world all-around champion and gold medal favorite Simone Biles, will be selected in July.

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