As reported on PR Newswire and USA Gymnastics:
WORCESTER, MA, March 6, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — The Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup was held at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. Competing were 36 gymnasts who traveled from 17 states across the country to participate. Proceeds from the event benefit the Nastia Liukin Fund, a charitable fund within the National Gymnastics Foundation.
The 36 young women were chosen to compete in the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup based on performances at the 15 invitationals that comprised the Nastia Liukin Cup Series. Each invitational selected a minimum of two athletes from the respective Level 10/open fields. The Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup is a partnership between Warner Bros. Consumer Products, USA Gymnastics and Liukin. Always aware of how much life has given her and determined to give back, Liukin is proud to host an event that helps fund the Nastia Liukin Fund. The Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup and the accompanying Nastia Liukin Cup Series provide a unique competitive opportunity for the country's rising female gymnasts.
"We had an amazing group of talented gymnasts participate in my first ever Supergirl Cup," said Nastia Liukin, 2008 Olympic all-around champion. "I congratulate Lexie, Kassandra, and Diandra for their incredible performances today. They serve as an inspiration to the Supergirl in all of us."
With her desire to be a positive role model for young girls, Liukin enjoyed meeting the young gymnasts to share the Supergirl vision— with hard work, belief in yourself, and commitment to a dream—anything is possible. The Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup participants received a Nastia Liukin-designed gymnastics leotard and matching gymnastics warm-up from GK Elite; two tickets to the Tyson American Cup and recognition during that event for the Cup's medalists. For more information, go to: www.nastialiukinsupergirlcup.com.
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WATCH GYMNASTICS LIVE ON TV: Tyson American Cup
Rebecca Bross, GK Elite endorsee Jonathan Horton, Fabian Hambuechen among the stars competing.
By Universal Sports | Posted: Mar 4, 6:18a ET | Updated: Mar 4, 6:18a ET
Gymnastics fans don't need to be in Worcester, Mass. this weekend to witness some of the world's top gymnasts and rising stars. All you need is a TV and computer tuned to Universal Sports for LIVE coverage of the 2010 Tyson American Cup.
Our coverage kicks off on Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET with the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup, a new all-around competition that will feature 36 of the country's up-and-coming young female gymnasts. GK is the apparel sponsor for this gymnastics event.
The main event is Saturday's Tyson American Cup, an event that has featured a stellar cast of U.S. Olympic gymnastics stars, including Mary Lou Retton, Bart Conner, Blaine Wilson, Shannon Miller, Carly Patterson, Nastia Liukin, Jonathan Horton, Shawn Johnson and Paul Hamm, as well international greats like Nadia Comaneci.
Scheduled to compete this weekend are 2009 world all-around silver medalists Rebecca Bross, 2008 Olympic horizontal bar silver-medalist and reigning U.S. all-around champion (and GK endorsee) Jonathan Horton, and 2010 Winter Cup Challenge champion Chris Brooks.
Reigning Tyson American Cup mens gymnastics champion and 2008 Olympic horizontal bar bronze-medalist Fabian Hambuechen of Germany highlights the international field that consists of seven 2008 Olympians and three 2009 World medalists, including 2009 World all-around silver-medalist Daniel Keatings of Great Britain, 2009 World vault silver-medalists Ariella Kaeslin of Switzerland and Flavius Koczi of Romania, 2009 World all-around fifth-place finisher Maxim Devyatovskiy of Russia, 2009 World vault-finalist Elsa Garcia of Mexico, and World Cup floor exercise bronze-medalist Elisabeth Seitz of Germany.
Who will be the next champion to add their name to that list? Find out by watching the LIVE broadcast on Universal Sports TV or webcast on UniversalSports.com from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET.
As Reported onUSA-Gymnastics.com
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., March 2, 2010 – The 36 gymnast field is now set for the 2010 Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup on March 5, 2010, at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. The final two competitors – Madison Krentz of Cave Creek, Ariz./Arizona Sunrays and Jaclyn McCartin of West Covina, Calif./Charter Oak Gliders – were selected this past weekend at the Long Beach (Calif.) Open. During seven weeks of competition, 36 gymnasts from 17 states were selected from the 15 invitationals in the Nastia Liukin Cup Series to compete in the inaugural Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup.
“It’s important for me to be able to give back to the gymnastics community that has supported me so much,” said 2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin of Parker, Texas. “The Supergirl Cup is a great way to give girls the chance to compete, shoot for their dreams, and let their inner Supergirl take flight.”
“We are so excited to be hosting the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup for these athletes,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “This event will allow some of our top Junior Olympic gymnasts to experience gymnastics like an elite athlete and provide a chance for them to mingle with some of the best in the sport. It is going to be a fun weekend in Worcester.”
Each of the 15 invitationals that comprised the Nastia Liukin Cup Series selected a minimum of two athletes from the respective Level 10/open fields to compete in the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup, a joint venture between Warner Bros. Consumer Products, USA Gymnastics and Liukin. The Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup and the accompanying Nastia Liukin Cup Series provide a unique competitive opportunity for the country’s rising female gymnasts. The complete list of participants is included below.
“Nastia Liukin is the perfect brand ambassador for this initiative and a person who embodies the attributes of Supergirl in her own right,” said Karen McTier, executive vice president, domestic licensing and worldwide marketing, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “We are proud to be able to align with Nastia and give this talented group of gymnasts the opportunity to strive for excellence and find their own inner Supergirl.”
Fans around the country can watch the inaugural Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup live on television or the web via Universal Sports and www.universalsports.com from 7-9 p.m. ET.
To catch all the action in person, Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup tickets can be purchased for $25 general admission, through Ticketmaster by phone at 800-745-3000; online at www.ticketmaster.com; at all Ticketmaster outlets; or at the DCU Center Ticket Office. Visa is the preferred method of payment.
Gymnasts competing in the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup will receive a Nastia Liukin-designed leotard and a warm-up from GK Elite; two tickets to the Tyson American Cup and recognition during that event for the Cup’s medalists; and the opportunity to meet Nastia Liukin and participate in a team photo. Proceeds from the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup will go into the Nastia Liukin Fund, a charitable fund within the National Gymnastics Foundation. For more information, go to www.nastialiukinsupergirlcup.com.
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