Six Gymnasts Qualify For 2018 Nastia Liukin Cup

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Press release via USA Gymnastics

Six athletes qualified for the 2018 Nastia Liukin Cup, scheduled for March 2 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill., based on performances this past weekend at the Classic Spectacular in Minneapolis, Minn.; Metroplex Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas; and the Atlanta Centennial Classic in Atlanta, Ga. The Nastia Liukin Cup Series continues this weekend with Chris Waller's Heart of a Champion in Pasadena, Calif., and the Pikes Peak Cup in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Faith Torrez-Foster of Kenosha, Wis./Legacy Elite Gymnastics, posted a 38.350 at the Classic Spectacular to qualify as a junior, while Alexa Al-Hameed of Ames, Iowa/Triad, tallied a 38.650 to earn her a place in the Nastia Liukin Cup senior competition. Kaylen Morgan of Huntersville, N.C./Everest, junior, and Chae Campbell of Carrollton, Texas/Metroplex Gymnastics, senior, qualified to the Cup at the Metroplex Challenge with scores of 38.300 and 39.025, respectively. Kate Greene of Durham, N.C./Bull City Gymnastics, and Gabryel Wilson of Ypsilanti, Mich./Olympia Gymnastics Academy, topped the all-around standings at the Atlanta Centennial Classic to seal junior and senior spots, respectively, at the Cup. Greene posted a 38.050 to clinch the junior berth, while Wilson earned a 38.475, which secured her third trip to the Nastia Liukin Cup.

The Sears Centre Arena will host both the Nastia Liukin Cup and, on the following day, the American Cup, the USA’s most prestigious international invitational and part of the International Gymnastics Federation’s all-around World Cup series. 2017 World all-around champion Morgan Hurd of Middletown, Del./First State Gymnastics, and 2017 American Cup champion and World bronze-medalist Yul Moldauer of Arvada, Colo./University of Oklahoma, will represent the United States at the 2018 American Cup. The international field will be announced in the near future, along with a second U.S. male and female athlete. 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.

The 36 participants in the Nastia Liukin Cup are selected through the Nastia Liukin Cup Series, which features 18 of the country’s top gymnastics invitationals held throughout the United States. A total of 18 junior and 18 senior gymnasts will advance to the Nastia Liukin Cup with one junior and one senior gymnast qualifying at each invitational. Senior athletes must be 16 years of age or older, and junior athletes must be 15 or younger. The age determination date is Dec. 31, 2018. The last Nastia Liukin Cup qualifiers will be determined at two invitationals held just two weeks before the Nastia Liukin Cup. The remaining invitationals participating in the Cup Series are listed below.

 

  • Chris Waller's Heart of a Champion, Pasadena, Calif., Feb. 2-4
  • Pikes Peak Cup, Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 2-4
  • Salcianu and Brestyan’s Invitational, Las Vegas, Nev., Feb. 8-11
  • Arizona Sunrays Classic Rock Invitational, Phoenix, Ariz., Feb. 9-11
  • Denver Winterfest Classic, Denver, Colo., Feb. 9-11
  • Greensboro Gymnastics Invitational, Greensboro, N.C., Feb. 9-11
  • Magical Classic, Orlando, Fla., Feb. 16-17
  • WOGA Classic, Frisco, Texas, Feb. 16-19

Gymnasts who compete in the Nastia Liukin Cup will receive a Nastia Liukin-designed leotard and a warm-up from GK Elite; two tickets to the Nastia Liukin Cup; and the opportunity to meet Liukin and participate in a team photo.

Single-session tickets range in price from $29 to $79, plus applicable fees, and can be purchased by clicking here. All-session ticket packages range in price from $89-$149, plus applicable fees, and include tickets to all three of the weekend’s events (American Cup, Nastia Liukin Cup and Elite Team Cup). Ticket prices vary according to competition session and seat location. To purchase tickets, visit www.SearsCentre.com, call 1-888-SEARS-TIX, or visit the Wintrust Box Office at the Sears Centre Arena. For more information on tickets, please go nastialiukincup.com.

Past sites for the Nastia Liukin Cup are: 2016-17, Newark, N.J.; 2015, Arlington, Texas; 2014, Greensboro, N.C.; 2013 and 2010, Worcester, Mass.; 2012, New York City; and 2011, Jacksonville, Fla.

2018 NCAA Elevate The Stage Toledo Promises Close Competition

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This Friday, February 23, FloGymnastics will be on-site and live-streaming the 2018 Elevate the Stage NCAA competition in Toledo, Ohio. The quad meet will play host to several close battles between No. 6 Michigan, No. 12 Denver, No. 37 Utah State and No. 38 Bowling Green. The meet serves as a great opportunity for the gymnasts to practice competing on podium before postseason. 

Brielle Nguyen Embraces Her Dream In Transition From Illinois To UCLA

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Less than a month after officially joining the UCLA women’s gymnastics team, Brielle Nguyen had a feeling she would be making her debut as a Bruin at the Reno Elevate the Stage meet on January 14. 

USA Gymnastics To Hold April Verification At World Champions Centre

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LIVE This Weekend On FloGymnastics: February 23-25

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Here's what to watch for this weekend on FloGymnastics, February 23-25.

Recapping the Action: Utah Edges UCLA, LSU Hits 198 Twice

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In a battle between the top two teams in the Pac-12, it came down to the final rotation. UCLA had the edge early on vault and maintained the lead through the second rotation after some uncharacteristic mistakes from both squads. But Utah cut down the lead in the third rotation, bolstered by MyKayla Skinner’s 9.975 on floor exercise to tie the meet, and earned the win in the final rotation 197.550 to 197.425.

U.S. Gymnasts Set To Compete At 2018 City of Jesolo Trophy

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Eight U.S. elite gymnasts are set to compete at the 2018 City of Jesolo Trophy competition April 14-15 in Jesolo, Italy. USA Gymnastics will not be sending a team to the competition, but individual gymnasts have still opted to compete in the prestigious competition as individuals representing their club teams.

USA Gymnastics Names 2018 U.S. Men’s National Team Following Winter Cup

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Following the conclusion of the 2018 Winter Cup Challenge, the U.S. Men’s Team was named for 2018 through the 2018 U.S. Championships in Boston, Mass., Aug. 16-19.

Roster: USA Gymnastics February National Team Verification Event

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USA Gymnastics has released more details for the upcoming February verification competition to be held at LSU's training facility in Baton Rouge, LA. 

USA Gymnastics Announces 14 On Interim Board Of Directors

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Press release below via USA Gymnastics

INDIANAPOLIS — The interim Board of Directors of USA Gymnastics, which replaces the Board that resigned last month, will reflect the makeup of the 21-member Board that is identified in the current USA Gymnastics Bylaws, as outlined below.

Seven Stacked Teams Head To NCAA GymQuarters Mardi Gras Invitational

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The 2018 GymQuarters NCAA Mardi Gras Invitational takes place in two sessions with a total of seven teams competing Friday in St. Charles, Missouri. Both sessions are streaming LIVE on FloGymnastics. It is the second time this season that No. 4 LSU will face SEC foes Arkansas and Missouri.