Greensboro becomes ‘gymnastics central’ this week
GREENSBORO, N.C., Feb. 27, 2014 – Gymnastics is taking over Greensboro, N.C., this week when the city and the Greensboro Coliseum Complex host three gymnastics competitions, which represent different levels in the sport. The 2014 Greensboro Gymnastics Invitational kicked things off on Wednesday, Feb. 26. On Feb. 28, the Nastia Liukin Cup, which features many of the country’s top Junior Olympic female gymnasts, takes center stage at 7:30 p.m. The week culminates with the 2014 AT&T American Cup, the most prestigious international invitational held in the USA, at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 1.
This year’s AT&T American Cup has a strong field that includes four of the USA’s top gymnasts: Brenna Dowell of Odessa, Mo./GAGE, the U.S. all-around bronze medalist; Elizabeth Price of Coopersburg, Pa./Parkettes National Gymnastics Center, who is tied for the lead in the World Cup all-around rankings; Sam Mikulak of Corona del Mar, Calif./University of Michigan, a 2012 Olympian who is the reigning U.S. all-around champion; and John Orozco of the Bronx, N.Y./Team Hilton HHonors (U.S. Olympic Training Center), the 2013 World parallel bars bronze-medalist. The AT&T American Cup is an International Gymnastics Federation World Cup event.
The complete field is: men Acaa Andrey Likhovitskiy of Belarus, Sergio Sasaki Junior of Brazil, Fabian Hambuechen of Germany, Sam Oldham of Great Britain, Daniel Purvis of Great Britain, Shogo Nonomura of Japan, Fabian Gonzalez of Spain, Mikulak and Orozco; and women Acaa Victoria Moors of Canada, Sophie Scheder of Germany, Carlotta Ferlito of Italy, Vanessa Ferrari of Italy, Roxana Popa Nedelcu of Spain, Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland, Dowell and Price.
Held the night before the AT&T American Cup, the Nastia Liukin Cup, named after the 2008 Olympic all-around gold medalist, showcases 18 junior and 18 senior gymnasts who qualified through the Nastia Liukin Cup Series. The Cup series included 20 of the country’s top invitationals held throughout January and February. The one-night event will crown both a junior and senior champion. Liukin, who has five Olympic and nine World medals to her credit, will be in town for this event. For more information, go to nastialiukincup.com.
The 2014 Greensboro Gymnastics Invitational, which runs through March 2, attracts 3,200 participants and has competition in Levels 2-10 and Xcel for women’s gymnastics, Levels 4-10 for men’s gymnastics, and Levels 1 through elite for trampoline and tumbling. For more information on the Greensboro Invitational, go to http://www.greensborogyminvite.com.
Fans who come to the arena for both the Nastia Liukin Cup and the AT&T American Cup will have some fun activities and easy access to information.
- USA Gymnastics Fitness Zone. Kids can have fun and gain knowledge about the importance of fitness through the interactive USA Gymnastics Fitness Zone, which will be located on the concourse. The zone features activities in building strength, flexibility, balance and cardiovascular exercise.
- AT&T Fan Cam Experience. Gymnasts and fans of all ages will be able to celebrate the sport of gymnastics and capture their own favorite gymnastic moves with a unique 360-degree photo.
- Event information. Fans in the arena can enjoy expanded information on the athletes, the American Cup’s history, past champions, information on Greensboro and the Greensboro Coliseum Complex, as well as live scoring, at attamericancup.com. NastiaLiukinCup.com has information on each of the participants and other valuable information.
- Social media. Fans can follow the AT&T American Cup and Nastia Liukin Cup on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for exclusive coverage of the event. Join the conversation on Twitter by using the official hashtag of the events, #ATTAC2014 and #nastiacup.
- In-arena fun and giveaways. Olympian John Macready will rev up the crowd as the meet emcee with fun interactive activities and T-shirt tosses into the crowd.
- Merchandise. Fans can purchase everything gymnastics from event-specific tees to the newest leotards.
Ways to follow the Nastia Liukin Cup and AT&T American Cup
Fans can enjoy coverage of the 2014 Nastia Liukin Cup and the AT&T American Cup online, on television and on their favorite social media networks. Here’s how to follow the events this weekend.
Nastia Liukin Cup, Feb. 28, 7-9:30 p.m. ET
Television and web video coverage
- Universal Sports. Universal Sports Network and its website will carry the 2014 Nastia Liukin Cup live from 7:30-10 p.m. ET on Feb. 28. Universal Sports is available nationwide on DirecTV and Dish Network as part of their sports packages in addition to select local cable providers. To find out if Universal Sports is available in your area, click here. The event will also be available online at nastialiukincup.com.
- USA Gymnastics on YouTube. USA Gymnastics will post coverage of the Nastia Liukin Cup, including non-broadcast routines and post-competition interviews with both the junior and senior all-around champions.
Ways to follow
- Online. Fans can find event information from starts lists to live scores by visiting the official Nastia Liukin Cup webpage, www.nastialiukincup.com. The page is easily viewable on smart phones and other digital devices.
- Social Media. USA Gymnastics is providing live updates and exclusive content from the Nastia Liukin Cup on Facebook (facebook.com/USAGymnastics) and Twitter (@USAGym). Gymnastics fans can follow the action easily and join the conversation on Twitter by using the official hashtag of the event, #NastiaCup.
AT&T American Cup, March 1, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. ET
Television and web video coverage
- Live podium training webcast. USA Gymnastics will provide live coverage of men’s and women’s podium training for the AT&T American Cup on YouTube. Coverage begins Feb. 27 at 10:30 a.m. ET with women’s podium training, followed by the men at 1:30 p.m. ET.
- USA Gymnastics on YouTube. USA Gymnastics will post coverage of the AT&T American Cup, including non-broadcast routines, interviews from media day and post-competition and clips from podium training.
- Live stream of first 90 minutes. There will be a live stream of the first 90 minutes of the competition from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. ET for those living in the U.S. only. The stream will be available on our AT&T American Cup live coverage page. To watch on YouTube, click here.
- NBC Sports. Live coverage of the AT&T American Cup will air on NBC Sports beginning at 1 p.m. ET on March 1.
Ways to follow
- Online. The 2014 AT&T American Cup is easier than ever to follow online. Schedules, general event information, start lists, live scoring and more are available at www.attamericancup.com, which is easily viewable on smart phones and other digital devices. Click here for live scoring.
- Social Media. USA Gymnastics is providing live updates and exclusive content, including videos and photos, from the AT&T American Cup on Facebook (facebook.com/USAGymnastics) and Twitter (@USAGym). Gymnastics fans can follow the action easily and join the conversation on Twitter by using the official hashtag of the 2014 AT&T American Cup, #ATTAC2014.
Tickets for both events are still available and prices, which vary according to ticket location, include facility fees. For the AT&T American Cup, tickets range from $25-$125, and Nastia Liukin Cup tickets are $30. Tickets may be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000, and the Greensboro Coliseum box office.
Kristie Phillips-Bannister of Troutman, N.C., who owns the Kristie Phillips Athletic Center (KPAC), is a two-time American Cup champion. Katelyn Ohashi of Allen, Texas/WOGA, and Jake Dalton of Reno, Nev./University of Oklahoma, won the 2013 AT&T American Cup. The impressive list of past American Cup champions also includes Bart Conner, Tim Daggett, Paul Hamm, Jonathan Horton, Shawn Johnson, Danell Leyva, Liukin, Shannon Miller, Carly Patterson, Mary Lou Retton, Kurt Thomas, Peter Vidmar, Jordyn Wieber and Kim Zmeskal. Past sites for the American Cup include: New York City (1976-80, 1982-84, 2004, 2008, 2012); Ft. Worth, Texas (1981, 1996-98); Indianapolis, Ind. (1985); Fairfax, Va. (1986-90, 2003); Orlando, Fla. (1991-94, 2000-02); Seattle, Wash. (1995); St. Petersburg, Fla. (1999); Uniondale, N.Y. (2005); Philadelphia (2006); Jacksonville, Fla. (2007, 2011); Hoffman Estates, Ill. (2009); and Worcester, Mass. (2010, 2013).
A portion of the proceeds from the Nastia Liukin Cup benefits the Nastia Liukin Fund, a charitable fund in partnership with the National Gymnastics Foundation (www.usagym.org/foundation). The Nastia Liukin Cup made its debut in 2010 in Worcester and returned in 2013. Other sites for the Nastia Liukin Cup are Jacksonville, Fla. (2011) and New York City (2012).
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- Greensboro Coliseum Complex. The Greensboro Coliseum Complex is a multi-building facility designed to serve the citizens of Greensboro and the surrounding area through a broad range of activities, including athletic events, cultural arts, concerts, theater, educational activities, fairs, exhibits, and public and private events of all kinds including conventions, convocations and trade and consumer shows. The Greensboro Coliseum Complex is one of the most actively booked facilities in the country hosting more than 1,000 events on an annual basis. With its incredible versatility, the Complex has gained worldwide acclaim from promoters, producers, event planners and patrons. For more information; www.greensborocoliseum.com.
- International Gymnastics Federation (FIG). The International Gymnastics Federation is the governing body for gymnastics worldwide. It is the oldest established international sports federation and has participated in the Olympic Games since their revival in 1896. The FIG governs seven disciplines: gymnastics for all, men’s artistic, women’s artistic, rhythmic, trampoline, aerobic and acrobatic. It counts 135 national member federations and boasts a 27-person staff at its international seat in Lausanne, Switzerland, host city of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). For more information, visit http://www.fig-gymnastics.com.