USA Gym Announces Sites For 2018 Classic And Championships

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USA Gymnastics has announced the sites for the U.S. Gymnastics Championships (formerly the P&G Championships) and the U.S. Classic (formerly the U.S. Secret Classic). 

The Championships will be held at the TD Garden in Boston while the Classic will be held at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio. 

Press release below via USA Gymnastics

INDIANAPOLIS, January 10, 2018 – USA Gymnastics today announced the 2018 sites for two of USA Gymnastics premier events: the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, the national championships for men’s and women’s gymnastics, will be held in Boston at the TD Garden; and Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio, is playing host to the U.S. Classic, the final women’s qualifier for the national championships.

U.S. Championships, Boston, TD Garden, Aug. 16-19

Ragan Smith of Lewisville, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics, and Yul Moldauer of Arvada, Colo./University of Oklahoma, won the women’s and men’s 2017 U.S. all-around titles, respectively. Scheduled for Aug. 16-19, 2018, the U.S. Championships features the country’s best gymnasts vying for national titles and national team berths. The championships determines the men’s and women’s U.S. champions and U.S. National Team for the junior and senior elite levels. The championships also traditionally serves as part of the selection process for the U.S. Team for the World Championships.

While Boston played host to the 2008 U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Championships, 2018 marks the event’s debut at the TD Garden and the first time Boston has staged the national championships for both men’s and women’s gymnastics. In addition, Boston was the site for the 1996 and 2000 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team Trials and several post-Olympic gymnastics tour events.

The preliminary competition schedule, which is subject to change, for the four days is below.

  • Thursday, August 16: Men’s gymnastics – 1:30 p.m., juniors, and 7:30 p.m., seniors
  • Friday, August 17: Women’s gymnastics – 1:30 p.m., juniors, and 7:30 p.m., seniors
  • Saturday, August 18: Men’s gymnastics – 10:30 a.m., juniors, and 3:30 p.m., seniors
  • Sunday, August 19: Women’s gymnastics – 1:30 p.m., juniors, and 7:30 p.m., seniors

Group tickets are currently available through TD Garden (617-624-1805), and all-session ticket packages will go on sale to the general public in February.

The roster of former U.S. all-around champions is a veritable who's who of gymnastics, including: women – Simone Biles, Jordyn Wieber, Nastia Liukin, Shawn Johnson, Carly Patterson, Courtney Kupets, Shannon Miller, Dominique Dawes, Kim Zmeskal and Mary Lou Retton; and men – Sam Mikulak, Jonathan Horton, Paul Hamm, Blaine Wilson, John Roethlisberger, Mitch Gaylord, Peter Vidmar and Bart Conner. The U.S. Gymnastics Championships traces its history back to 1897 for the men and 1931 for the women.

U.S. Classic, Columbus, Ohio, July 27-28

The U.S. Classic, which has athletes competing on the junior and senior levels, is the last opportunity for female gymnasts to qualify for the U.S. Championships, the national championships for men’s and women’s gymnastics. Gymnasts who have already qualified to nationals use the U.S. Classic as a final tune-up for the U.S. Championships.

In addition, the Hopes Championships, which features young, aspiring female gymnasts who are just below the elite level, is held in conjunction with the U.S. Classic. The Hopes Championships has two age groups, 10-11 year-olds and 12-13 year-olds. Athletes advance to the Hopes Championships from the Hopes Classic (July 7 at the USA Gymnastics National Team Training Center). The top 18 from each age group qualify to the Hopes Championships assuming each athlete achieves a minimum qualifying score. Set for Friday, July 28, the Hopes Championships is the culmination of the Hopes season.

Here is the competition schedule, subject to change: 

  • U.S. Classic – July 28 at 1:30 p.m. ET for juniors and 7:30 p.m. ET for seniors 
  • Hopes Championships, July 27 at 2:30 p.m. ET

Group tickets are currently available through the Shottenstein (614-246-7224), and all-session ticket packages will go on sale to the general public in February.

Columbus played host to the 2012 and 2016 Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions, as well as the 1992 U.S. Championships.

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