Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions Kicks off on Saturday



The 11-day rehearsal period for the Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions wrapped up today in Ontario, Calif., with three final rehearsals. Now, the athletes will embark on the Kellogg’s Tour, which officially begins on Saturday September 8th in San Jose, Calif., the site of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.

The Tour will stop in 40 cities around the U.S. and run through November 18th.

Headlining the Tour will be the members of the Fierce Five 2012 U.S. Olympic Team, Gabby Douglas, Kyla Ross, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, and Jordyn Wieber. They'll be joined by fellow Olympic medalists including 2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin, and 2008 Olympic silver medalists Jonathan Horton, Chellsie Memmel and Alicia Sacramone.

The women's chaperone, Jill Hicks, is providing Gymnastike viewers with a behind the scenes look of life on the road during the tour! Follow Jill's blog here.


Jill Hicks in front of the Tour bus

To find out if the Tour will be coming to a city near you, check out the schedule here.  


The Cast of the 2012 Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions:
* denotes athletes who will not be performing at every stop

WOMEN

•     Kristin Allen – Livermore, Calif., acrobatic gymnastics.  2012 World mixed pair gold medalist (with Michael Rodrigues); 2009 World Games mixed pair gold medalist; 2008 World mixed pair silver medalist.

•     Kennedy Baker* – Flower Mound, Texas/Texas Dreams.  3rd all around at the 2012 U.S. Secret Classic.

•     Rebecca Bross – Plano, Texas/WOGA. 2010 World Championships team silver medalist; six-time World medalist.

•     Gabby Douglas* – Virginia Beach, Va./Chow’s Gymnastics. 2012 Olympic team and all-around gold medalist; 2011 World Championships team gold medalist.

•     Brenna Dowell* – Odessa, Mo./ Great American Gymnastics Express. 2010 Pan Am Championships team gold medalist.

•     Sarah Finnegan* – St. Louis, Mo./ Great American Gymnastics Express. 2012 U.S. Olympic Team replacement athlete; 2010 Pan Am Championships team gold medalist.

•     Anna Li – Aurora, Ill./Legacy Elite Gymnastics. 2012 U.S. Olympic and 2011 World Championships Team replacement athlete.

•     Nastia Liukin – Parker, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics. 2008 Olympic all-around champion; five-time Olympic and nine-time World medalist.

•     McKayla Maroney* – Long Beach, Calif./All Olympia. 2012 Olympic team gold and vault silver medalist; 2011 World vault and team gold medalist.


•     Chellsie Memmel – West Allis, Wis./M&M Gymnastics. 2008 Olympic team silver medalist; World gold medalist in all-around, team (twice), uneven bars. 

•     Elizabeth Price* – Coopersburg, Pa./ Parkettes National Gymnastics Center. 2012 U.S. Olympic Team replacement athlete; 2011 City of Jesolo Trophy team gold medalist.

•     Alexandra Raisman – Needham, Mass./Brestyan’s Gymnastics. 2012 U.S. Olympic team and floor exercise gold and balance beam bronze medalist; 2011 World team gold and floor bronze medalist.

•     Kyla Ross* – Aliso Viejo, Calif./ Gym-Max. 2012 Olympic team gold medalist; 2012 Kellogg’s Pacific Rim team gold medalist.

•     Alicia Sacramone* – Winchester, Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics.  2011 World team gold medalist; 2008 Olympic team silver medalist; 10 career World medals.

•     Sabrina Vega* – Carmel, N.Y./Dynamic Gymnastics. 2011 World Championships team gold medalist.

•     Savannah Vinsant – Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express, trampoline.  2012 Olympic Games, first U.S. woman to make Olympic trampoline finals; 2011-12 U.S. champion.

•     Jordyn Wieber – DeWitt, Mich./Twistars USA. 2012 Olympic team gold medalist; 2011 World all-around and team gold and balance beam bronze medalist.

•     Julie Zetlin – Bethesda, Md./Capitol Rhythmics.  2012 U.S. Olympic Team member; 2011 Pan Am Games all-around, ball and ribbon gold medalist.


MEN

•     Chris Brooks – Houston/Team Hilton HHonors (Cypress Academy of Gymnastics). 2012 U.S. Olympic Team replacement athlete; 2012 Kellogg’s Pacific Rim Championships all-around and team gold medalist.

•     Jake Dalton – Reno, Nev./University of Oklahoma. 2012 U.S. Olympic Team member; 2011 World Championships team bronze medalist.

•     Josh Dixon* – San Jose, Calif./U.S. Olympic Training Center.  2010 U.S. floor exercise champion.

•     Steven Gluckstein, Atlantic Highlands, N.J./ETA, trampoline.  2012 U.S. Olympic Team member; four-time U.S. champion.

•     Jonathan Horton – Houston/Team Hilton HHonors (Cypress Academy of Gymnastics). 2012 U.S. Olympic Team member; 2010 World all-around bronze medalist; 2008 Olympic team bronze and horizontal bar silver medalist.

•     Glen Ishino* - Santa Ana, Calif./University of California-Berkeley. 2010 Pan Am Games team gold medalist.

•     Steven Legendre – Port Jefferson, N.Y./Team Hilton HHonors (University of Oklahoma). 2012 U.S. Olympic Team replacement athlete; 2011 World Championships team bronze medalist.

•     Alex Naddour – Gilbert, Ariz./Team Hilton HHonors (USA Youth Fitness Center). 2012 U.S. Olympic Team replacement athlete; 2011 World Championships team bronze medalist.

•     John Orozco – Bronx, N.Y./Team Hilton HHonors (U.S. Olympic Training Center). 2012 U.S. Olympic Team member; 2011 World Championships team bronze medalist.

•     Michael Rodrigues – Livermore, Calif., acrobatic gymnastics.  2010 World mixed pair champion (with Kristin Allen), 2009 World Games mixed pair gold medalist; 2008 World mixed pair silver medalist.

•     Paul Ruggeri* - Manlius, N.Y./University of Illinois. 2011 Pan Am Games team bronze and high bar gold medalist.

•     David Sender* – Arlington Heights, Ill./Team Hilton HHonors (University of Illinois). 2009 Maccabiah Games still rings, vault and horizontal bar champion.

•     Brandon Wynn* - Voorhees, N.J./Team Hilton HHonors (Ohio State University). 2011 Pan Am Games team bronze and still rings gold medalist.
 

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