Morgan Hurd, Yul Moldauer Selected For 2018 AT&T American Cup

Morgan Hurd and Yul Moldauer will represent the USA at the 2018 American Cup, held March 2-3 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.

Ten countries are expected to compete: Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Netherlands, Switzerland, Ukraine, and United States.

The second U.S. male and female athlete will be announced in 2018, along with the rest of international roster.

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INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 11, 2017 — 2017 World all-around champion Morgan Hurd of Middletown, Del./First State Gymnastics, and 2017 World bronze-medalist Yul Moldauer of Arvada, Colo./University of Oklahoma, will represent the United States at the 2018 AT&T American Cup, scheduled for March 3 at 10:30 AM CT at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill. Single-session tickets are on sale now for the Triple Cup weekend, March 2-3, 2018, anchored by the AT&T American Cup, the USA’s most prestigious international invitational and part of the International Gymnastics Federation’s all-around World Cup series.

The AT&T American Cup showcases many of the world’s best gymnasts, in a one-day, all-around competition on March 3 at 10:30 AM CT. On March 2, the Nastia Liukin Cup features some of the USA’s top Junior Olympic female gymnasts and kicks off the big weekend at 7 PM CT. The Elite Team Cup, a team event with many of the USA’s top junior men, wraps up the weekend’s events on Saturday evening at 5 PM CT.

Invitations to compete in the 2018 AT&T American Cup, which became a FIG all-around World Cup event in 2011, are based on team results from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Subject to change, the 10 countries expected to compete in next year’s AT&T American Cup are Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Netherlands, Switzerland, Ukraine and United States. The international field for the AT&T American Cup will be announced in 2018, along with a second U.S. male and female athlete. All of the U.S. gymnasts will demonstrate readiness prior to competing. The competitors for the Nastia Liukin Cup and Elite Team Cup will be announced in 2018.

Hurd won the World all-around title at the 2017 World Championships, where she also claimed the balance beam silver medal. The defending AT&T American Cup champion, Moldauer is the reigning U.S. all-around and floor exercise champion, and earned the World floor exercise bronze medal in Montreal, as well as finished seventh in the all-around.

In addition to the upcoming events in 2018, the Sears Centre has played host to the U.S. Classic for four years (2013-15, 2017) and the American Cup in 2009.

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