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USA Gymnastics Championships set for Providence

USA Gymnastics will select the USA’s first 2016 gymnastics Olympians at ’16 USA Gymnastics Championships in Providence, R.I.

Rhythmic, trampoline Olympians will be determined on June 10

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – On June 12, the U.S. athletes who will represent the United States in rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will be determined in Providence, R.I., at the 2016 USA Gymnastics Championships, the national championships for acrobatic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, and trampoline and tumbling. The 2016 USA Gymnastics Championships is the Olympic selection event for rhythmic gymnastics and men’s and women’s trampoline, and the Olympians, pending United States Olympic Committee approval, will be determined during the June 12 evening session. Scheduled for June 8-13 at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I., the six-day competition includes both Junior Olympic and elite levels and is one of the national championships held annually by USA Gymnastics. 

Performances at the USA Gymnastics Championships will determine which athletes will represent the United States in rhythmic gymnastics (individual and group) and men’s and women’s trampoline at the 2016 Olympic Games, pending approval by the United States Olympic Committee.  The USA will be sending one rhythmic gymnast in the individual competition, as well as a group, and one man and one woman to compete in trampoline.

“We hope sports fans in Providence will come to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on June 12 and cheer on our top trampoline and rhythmic gymnasts who are vying for Olympic berths,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics.  “Providence is the first of three cities that have the distinct honor of hosting events where the members of the 2016 Olympic Gymnastics Team will be named.  Seeing talented athletes achieve their dream of making an Olympic team is an incredible experience, and the folks in Providence have the chance to see it first-hand.”

In addition to selecting the rhythmic and trampoline Olympians, the USA Gymnastics Championships will determine U.S. champions on both the elite and Junior Olympic levels for acrobatic and rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline and tumbling. Performances will determine berths on the junior and senior U.S. National Teams for rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline and tumbling. The Junior Olympic division has several different levels, and national titles will be awarded for each level and age group for each discipline. The Junior Olympic levels for each of the disciplines are: acrobatic gymnastics – Levels 6-10; rhythmic gymnastics – Levels 7-8; and trampoline and tumbling – Levels 8-10.

Evening session tickets, with competition at 6 p.m., at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center are $25 for June 10-11 and $30 for June 12. The all-session pass, which grants access to all sessions at both venues, is $80.  Tickets may be purchased at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Box Office, ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.  For the events at the Rhode Island Convention Center, a $30, single-day pass will be available onsite on competition days, and on June 10-12, the all-day pass also includes access to the junior elite sessions at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. For special pricing for gymnastics clubs, contact Aimee Sickmeier with USA Gymnastics at asickmeier@usagym.org

Junior and senior elites are scheduled to compete June 10-12, with Junior Olympic sessions running all five days. For a tentative competition schedule and more information on the USA Gymnastics Championships, please go to usagymchamps.com.

The USA Gymnastics Championships was first held in 2014 at the KFC Yum! Center and the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky., and in 2015 at the Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum Complex.  

The local partners for the event are the Rhode Island Sports Commission and the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority.

Acrobatic gymnastics combines the beauty of dance with the strength and agility of acrobatics. Routines are choreographed to music and consist of dance, tumbling, and partner skills. At the elite level, each pair or group performs a balance, dynamic and combined routine. Pyramids and partner holds characterize the balance routine, while synchronized tumbling and intricate flight elements define the dynamic exercise. An acrobatic gymnastics pair consists of a base and a top. A women's group is comprised of three athletes - a base, middle and top partner – while a men's group has four athletes, a base, two middle partners and one top partner.

Rhythmic gymnastics is characterized by grace, beauty and elegance combined with dance and acrobatic elements, while working with ribbons, balls, hoops, ropes and clubs in a choreographed routine to music. The choreography must cover the entire floor and contain a balance of jumps, leaps, pivots, balances and flexibility movements. Only four of the apparatus are competed each quad, and the four for 2016 are hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon. Each movement involves a high degree of athletic skill. Physical abilities needed by a rhythmic gymnast include strength, power, flexibility, agility, dexterity, endurance and hand-eye coordination.

Trampoline events involve athletes using trampolines that can propel them up to 30 feet in the air, during which they can perform double and triple twisting somersaults. Tumbling utilizes elevated rod-floor runways that enable athletes to jump at heights more than 10 feet and execute a variety of acrobatic maneuvers. For the double-mini competition, the athlete makes a short run, leaps onto a small two-level trampoline, performs an aerial maneuver and dismounts onto a landing mat. Trampoline was added to the Olympic Games in 2000, and at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the USA had its first athlete in history advance to the finals.

(release from Dunkin' Donuts Center Providence) 

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