2014 AT&T American Cup field is set
INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 23, 2014 – The field is set for the 2014 AT&T American Cup, scheduled for Saturday, March 1, 2014, at the Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum Complex. U.S. National Team member Brenna Dowell of Odessa, Mo./GAGE, joins 2012 Olympic alternate Elizabeth Price of Coopersburg, Pa./Parkettes National Gymnastics Center; 2012 Olympian Sam Mikulak of Corona del Mar, Calif./University of Michigan; and 2013 World parallel bars bronze-medalist John Orozco of the Bronx, N.Y./Team Hilton HHonors (U.S. Olympic Training Center), in representing the USA in 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.
2013 World all-around champion Simone Biles of Spring, Texas/Bannon’s Gymnastix, and Romania’s Larisa Andrea Iordache have withdrawn from the event due to injury. Biles, who has been nursing a shoulder injury, aggravated that shoulder during the pre-competition training camp at the USA Gymnastics National Team Training Center at the Karolyi Ranch, a U.S. Olympic training site. She is expected to get an MRI in the near future.
“We wish both Simone and Larisa a speedy recovery,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “This will be an exciting competition. Brenna and Elizabeth, along with Sam and John, will be great representatives for our country, and we expect this year’s AT&T American Cup to be outstanding.”
The AT&T American Cup field has eight women and nine men, because USA Gymnastics exercised its wild card option to have two U.S. men entered in the field.
Belarus – Andrey Likhovitskiy
Brazil – Sergio Sasaki Junior
Germany – Fabian Hambuechen
Great Britain – Sam Oldham
Great Britain – Daniel Purvis
Japan – Shogo Nonomura
Spain – Fabian Gonzalez
USA – Sam Mikulak, Corona del Mar, Calif./University of Michigan
USA – John Orozco, Bronx, N.Y./Team Hilton HHonors (U.S. Olympic Training Center)
Canada – Victoria Moors
Germany – Sophie Scheder
Italy – Carlotta Ferlito
Italy – Vanessa Ferrari
Spain – Roxana Popa Nedelcu
Switzerland – Giulia Steingruber
USA – Brenna Dowell, Odessa, Mo./GAGE
USA – Elizabeth Price, Coopersburg, Pa./Parkettes National Gymnastics Center
Dowell was the bronze medalist in both the all-around and the uneven bars at the 2013 P&G Championships. In 2013, she was third in both the all-around and uneven bars at the City of Jesolo Trophy, where she assisted the USA in bringing home the team gold medal. Price is tied for the top spot in the all-around World Cup rankings.
Ticket prices, which range from $25-$125, include facility fees and vary according to ticket location. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster,com, Ticketmaster outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000, and the Greensboro Coliseum box office. For group (10+ people) sales information, please call the Coliseum group sales department at (336) 373-7433. For more information, go to attamericancup.com.
Invitations to compete in the AT&T American Cup were based on performances at the 2013 World Gymnastics Championships. The AT&T American Cup became an International Gymnastics Federation all-around World Cup event in 2011 and is part of the FIG’s all-around World Cup series.
In conjunction with the AT&T American Cup, the Nastia Liukin Cup, which features many of the country’s top Junior Olympic female gymnasts, will be held Feb. 28 at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. The Nastia Liukin Cup, named after the 2008 Olympic all-around gold medalist, showcases gymnasts who qualify through the Nastia Liukin Cup Series. The Cup series includes many of the country’s top invitationals held throughout January and February. The 2014 Greater Greensboro Invitational, Feb. 26-March 2, 2014, is the final qualifying event for the Nastia Liukin Cup. This is the first time the event has been part of the Nastia Liukin Cup Series. In addition, the equipment and podium brought in for the AT&T American Cup will be used for the finals for designated women’s sessions of the invitational.
Kristie Phillips-Bannister of Troutman, N.C., who owns the Kristie Phillips Athletic Center (KPAC), is a two-time American Cup champion. Katelyn Ohashi of Allen, Texas/WOGA, and Jake Dalton of Reno, Nev./University of Oklahoma, won the 2013 AT&T American Cup. The impressive list of former American Cup champions also includes Bart Conner, Tim Daggett, Paul Hamm, Jonathan Horton, Shawn Johnson, Danell Leyva, Liukin, Shannon Miller, Carly Patterson, Mary Lou Retton, Peter Vidmar and Jordyn Wieber. Past sites for the American Cup include: New York City (1976-80, 1982-84, 2004, 2008, 2012); Ft. Worth, Texas (1981, 1996-98); Indianapolis, Ind. (1985); Fairfax, Va. (1986-90, 2003); Orlando, Fla. (1991-94, 2000-02); Seattle, Wash. (1995); St. Petersburg, Fla. (1999); Uniondale, N.Y. (2005); Philadelphia (2006); Jacksonville, Fla. (2007, 2011); Hoffman Estates, Ill. (2009); and Worcester, Mass. (2010, 2013).
The Nastia Liukin Cup made its debut in 2010 in Worcester and returned in 2013. Other sites for the Nastia Liukin Cup are Jacksonville, Fla. (2011) and New York City (2012).
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