World, Olympic champions headline field for 2020 American Cup
Note: Canada’s Rene Cournoyer was added to the field on Feb. 4.
Great Britain’s Jennifer Gadirova replaced Amelie Morgan on Feb. 6.
China’s Hu Xuwei replaced Deng Shudi on Feb. 10
France’s Lorette Charpy replaced Claire Pontlevoy on Feb. 10
Spain’s Alba Petisco replaced Roxana Popa on Feb. 11
Canada’s Ellie Black replaced Brooklyn Moors on Feb. 25
USA’s Shane Wiskus replaced Yul Moldauer (the nominative entry) on Feb. 27
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Jan. 23, 2020 — The lineup of the FIG All-Around World Cup in Milwaukee is a who’s who of Olympic contenders. The talented field will provide fans a snapshot of the gymnastics to watch in the six-month lead-up to the 2020 Olympic Games. Representing the United States at the 2020 American Cup, scheduled for March 7 at Fiserv Forum in downtown Milwaukee, Wis., are Morgan Hurd, the 2017 World All-Around Champion and the 2018 American Cup winner; Kayla DiCello, the 2019 U.S. junior champion, who is making her senior international debut; Sam Mikulak, Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Olympic Training Center; and Yul Moldauer of Arvada, Colo./University of Oklahoma, the 2017 World Floor bronze medalist and three-time defending American Cup champion.
The American Cup, the USA’s most prestigious international invitational and part of the International Gymnastics Federation’s all-around World Cup series, will also feature World all-around champion Nikita Nagornyy of Russia; and Olympic gold medalist Oleg Verniaiev of Ukraine.
The 2020 American Cup field by country is listed below.
Brazil: Diogo Soares
Canada: Rene Cournoyer
China: Hu Xuwei
Chinese Taipei: Chih-Kai Lee
Germany: Andreas Toba
Great Britain: James Hall
Japan: Daiki Hashimoto
Russia: Nikita Nagornyy
Spain: Nestor Abad
Switzerland: Pablo Braegger
Ukraine: Oleg Verniaiev
United States: Sam Mikulak
United States: Shane Wiskus (Wild Card)
Australia: Georgia Godwin
Canada: Ellie Black
China: Zhang Jin
France: Lorette Charpy
Germany: Sarah Voss
Great Britain: Jennifer Gadirova
Italy: Giorgia Villa
Japan: Hitomi Hatakeda
Russia: Lilia Akhaimova
Spain: Alba Petisco
Ukraine: Diana Varinska
United States: Morgan Hurd
United States: Kayla DiCello (Wild Card)
The U.S. gymnasts enjoyed a strong 2019. They have also dominated the American Cup, winning seven of the last 10 men’s titles and 18 of the last 20 women’s all-around contests. 2017 World All-Around champion Hurd and 2019 U.S. junior champion Kayla Di Cello, who will make her senior international debut in Milwaukee, will attempt to carry the tradition forward. And Yul Moldauer will try to become the first man to win four in a row this year.
The American Cup, the USA’s most prestigious international gymnastics competition, will make its first visit to Milwaukee on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Fiserv Forum. The 2020 American Cup is the first of the four all-around events included in the International Gymnastics Federation’s World Cup Series, which is part of Olympic qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. This year’s American Cup has two sessions: the women at 11 a.m. CT and the men at 4 p.m. CT. The Nastia Liukin Cup, which showcases some of the country’s top Junior Olympic female gymnasts, is slated for Friday, March 6, 2020, at 7 p.m. CT. All-session tickets are on sale now at FiservForum.com.
All-session ticket packages range in price from $77-$179 and include the Nastia Liukin Cup on Friday, March 6, 2020 and the American Cup sessions on Saturday, March 7, 2020. Discounted tickets are available through local gymnastics clubs that are participating in the club ticket sales program. For information on club sales or group tickets, call 414-227-0599.
The impressive list of former American Cup champions also includes Simone Biles, Bart Conner, Tim Daggett, Gabby Douglas, Paul Hamm, Jonathan Horton, Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin, Carly Patterson, Danell Leyva, Shannon Miller, Mary Lou Retton, Kurt Thomas, Peter Vidmar, Jordyn Wieber and Kim Zmeskal-Burdette. Past sites for the American Cup include: New York, N.Y. (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, Pa. (2006); Jacksonville, Fla. (2007, 2011); Hoffman Estates, Ill. (2009, 2018); Worcester, Mass. (2010, 2013); Greensboro, N.C. (2014); Arlington, Texas (2015); Newark (2016-17); Hoffman Estates, Illinois (2018); and Greensboro, North Carolina (2019).
The Nastia Liukin Cup made its debut in 2010. Past sites include 2018, Hoffman Estates, Ill.; 2016 and 2017, Newark, N.J.; 2015, Arlington, Texas; 2014, Greensboro, N.C.; 2013 and 2010, Worcester, Mass.; 2012, New York City; and 2011, Jacksonville, Fla. The Elite Team Cup debuted in 2016 in Newark, N.J., returned to Newark in 2017, was in Hoffman Estates, IL in 2018 and Greensboro, N.C. in 2019.
- Nastia Liukin. At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Liukin’s total of five medals tied the U.S. gymnastics record for most medals in one Olympic Games. Liukin’s Olympic medals are: gold – all-around; silver – team, balance beam and uneven bars; and bronze – floor exercise. Liukin was the third of five U.S. women to win the Olympic all-around crown. She also won nine World medals in her career. Liukin has graced many magazine covers and appeared on various shows, including “Gossip Girl,” “Make It or Break It,” and the feature film, “Stick It.” Liukin was a contestant in the 2015 spring edition of “Dancing with the Stars” and was the grand marshal for the 2015 Indianapolis 500. She currently serves as a gymnastics analyst for NBC Sports and is a founder of Grander, a global community for the next generation of female athletes that provides access to the people who inspire, resources to help achieve dreams, and communities of like-minded people with similar ambitions. Liukin was coached by her father, Valeri, who has four Olympic medals from 1988 including two gold.
- International Gymnastics Federation. The International Gymnastics Federation is the governing body for gymnastics worldwide. It is the oldest established international federation of an Olympic sport and has participated in the Olympic Games since its revival in 1896. The FIG governs eight sports: gymnastics for all, men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline (including double mini-trampoline and tumbling), aerobics, acrobatics, and Parkour. It counts 148 national member federations and has its headquarters in the Olympic capital of Lausanne, Switzerland.
- VISIT Milwaukee. VISIT Milwaukee is the Greater Milwaukee area’s convention and visitors bureau, marketing the destination as a top choice for business, convention, and leisure travel to national and international visitors in order to increase the economic impact of tourism in the region. Each year, tourism supports over 52,000 full-time jobs and brings more than $5.7 billion to the community. VISIT Milwaukee has over 700 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services, and area businesses. The Wisconsin Center District, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, and City of Wauwatosa are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs. For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit www.visitmilwaukee.org.
- Fiserv Forum. Fiserv Forum is much more than just the new home for the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team. Designed to reflect the heritage, history and personality of Milwaukee while actively projecting progress, accessibility and a renewed sense of community, the state of the art, 714,000 square foot arena is the hub of entertainment in Wisconsin and the engine that drives growth in downtown Milwaukee. Over the coming years, the 30-acre district surrounding Fiserv Forum will become the largest development project ever undertaken in downtown Milwaukee. Combining entertainment, residential and commercial spaces, the new district will transform Milwaukee and serve as a catalyst for driving development throughout the region; For more information, visit www.fiservforum.com.
- USA Gymnastics. Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. The organization is committed to creating a culture that encourages and supports its athletes and focuses on the safety and well-being of the athletes. USA Gymnastics has already taken specific, concrete steps to strengthen its safe sport policies and procedures. The organization’s disciplines include men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics and gymnastics for all (formerly known as group gymnastics). For more complete information, log on to usagym.org.