INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 21, 2012 – Victoria Moors of Canada and Ryuzo Sejima of Japan will compete in the AT&T American Cup, replacing Germany's Nadine Jarosch and Philipp Boy, respectively. Scheduled for March 3 at New York City's Madison Square Garden, the AT&T American Cup boasts an impressive field including four Americans: 2011 World all-around champion Jordyn Wieber of DeWitt, Mich./Gedderts' Twistars USA; 2011 World team champion Alexandra Raisman of Needham, Mass./Brestyan's American Gymnastics; 2011 World parallel bars champion Danell Leyva of Miami/Team Hilton HHonors (Universal Gymnastics); and John Orozco of the Bronx, N.Y./U.S. Olympic Training Center, who finished fifth in the all-around at the 2011 World Championships.
Moors, the 2011 Canadian junior national champion, was a member of Canada's team that finished second at the 2012 Visa International Gymnastics competition and secured a team berth to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Sejima competed at the 2011 World University Games, helping the Japanese to the team gold medal and winning the individual silver medal on the floor exercise.
The complete 2012 AT&T American Cup field is as follows.
- USA: Danell Leyva, Miami/Team Hilton HHonors (Universal Gymnastics)
- USA: John Orozco, Bronx, N.Y./U.S. Olympic Training Center
- France: Cyril Tommasone
- Germany: Marcel Nguyen
- Great Britain: Daniel Purvis
- Japan: Ryuzo Sejima
- Ukraine: Mykola Kuksenkov
- Ukraine: Oleg Verniaiev
- USA: Alexandra Raisman, Needham, Mass./Brestyan's Gymnastics
- USA: Jordyn Wieber, DeWitt, Mich./Gedderts' Twistars USA
- Australia: Georgia Simpson
- Canada: Victoria Moors
- Germany: Lisa Hill
- Great Britain: Rebecca Tunney
- Romania: Diana Chelaru
- Romania: Larisa Iordache
Gymnastics greats Nadia Comaneci, Bart Conner, Tracee Talavera, Mary Lou Retton, Peter Vidmar, Carly Patterson, Jason Gatson, Nastia Liukin and Paul Hamm won American Cup titles in Madison Square Garden months before earning a combined 30 Olympic medals, including 13 gold.
Ticket prices range from $29.50-$225, plus applicable fees, and may be purchased charge-by-phone at 866-858-0008; online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.thegarden.com; at all Ticketmaster outlets; at the Madison Square Garden Box Office; or through participating area gymnastics clubs. In recognition of Visa's long-time support of USA Gymnastics, Visa is the preferred method of payment. For more information, go to www.attamericancup.com.
The 2012-2013 FIG All-around World Cup Series in Men's and Women's Artistic Gymnastics includes five World Cups over the period of two years. With stopovers on three continents, World Cup competitions are slated for March 3 in New York (USA), December 1–2 in Stuttgart (GER) and December 8 in Glasgow (GBR) for 2012, before turning to the USA in March 2013 and concluding in Tokyo (JPN) in April 2013.
The AT&T American Cup has been staged 11 times at Madison Square Garden and this is the sixth time New York has hosted the event in an Olympic year. Madison Square Garden was the site of the inaugural American Cup in 1976 when the USA's Bart Conner and Romania's Nadia Comaneci won the all-around titles. Madison Square Garden played host to this event in 1976-80, 1982-84, 2004 and 2008.
The USA swept the titles at the 2011 AT&T American Cup –Wieber won the women's title (her second), and Jonathan Horton of Houston/Team Hilton HHonors (Cypress Gymnastics), won the men's competition to bring his total American Cup titles to three.
Past sites for the American Cup include: New York City (1976-80, 1982-84, 2004, 2008); 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).
Universal Sports. Universal Sports television will broadcast the first 90 minutes of the AT&T American Cup live from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET on March 3. To find a Universal Sports channel in a specific area, click here.
NBC Sports. Live coverage of the AT&T American Cup will air on NBC Sports beginning at 1 p.m. ET on March 3, immediately following the conclusion of the Universal Sports broadcast.
Ways to follow the AT&T American Cup
Online. The 2012 AT&T American Cup is easier than ever to follow online. Schedules, general event information, the official event program, start lists, live scoring and more are available at www.attamericancup.com, which is easily viewable on smart phones and other digital devices.
Social Media. USA Gymnastics is providing live updates and exclusive content, including videos and photos, from the AT&T American Cup on Facebook (facebook.com/USAGymnastics) and Twitter (@USAGym). Gymnastics fans can follow the action easily and join the conversation on Twitter by using the official hashtag of the 2012 AT&T American Cup, #ATTAC.
Fan Activities. USA Gymnastics will be hosting a number of fan activities on the concourse of Madison Square Garden, including the AT&T Fan Zone and autograph signings outside the USA Gymnastics Fitness Zone.
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