INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Feb. 13, 2008 — Representing 33 world (12 gold, 12 silver, nine bronze) and four Olympic medals (two gold, two silver) medals, the athlete roster for the 2008 Tyson American Cup, March 1, at Madison Square Garden in New York City includes many of the top names in gymnastics: 2007 all-around world champion and Tyson American Cup titlist Shawn Johnson; 2004 all-around Olympic champion Paul Hamm; 2007 balance beam and team world champion Nastia Liukin; 2007 all-around world silver-medalist Fabian Hambuechen; 2006 pommel horse world bronze-medalist Alexander Artemev; 2007 all-around world bronze-medalist Hisashi Mizutori; 2006-07 Tyson American Cup champ Jonathan Horton, fourth in the all-around at the 2007 World Championships; 2001 and 2003 team world silver-medalist Raj Bhavsar; and 2007 team world champions Samantha Peszek and Shayla Worley. 2006 Pacific Alliance Championships all-around gold-medalist Lu Bo of China and 2006 Pacific Alliance Championships team bronze-medalist Alyssa Brown of Canada are also expected to compete.
“This year’s Tyson American Cup is represented by some of the top all-around gymnasts in the world,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “The stage is set for a dramatic and exciting gymnastics showdown.”
The field for the 2008 Tyson American Cup is listed below.
Alyssa Brown, Canada
Xiao Tingting, China
Natalia Sanchez, Colombia
Joeline Moebius, Germany
Shawn Johnson, USA/West Des Moines, Iowa
Nastia Liukin, USA/Parker, Texas
Samantha Peszek, USA/Indianapolis, Ind.
Shayla Worley, USA