INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., May 17, 2008 – The nation’s top women’s Level 10 artistic gymnasts will compete at the 2008 Women’s Junior Olympic National Championships, May 17-18, at the Osceola Heritage Park "Silver Spurs" Arena in Kissimmee, Fla. The event features competition in regional team, all-around and individual events.

To qualify for the Women’s Junior Olympic National Championships, gymnasts competed in state and regional championships. The Women’s Junior Olympic National Championships are split into eight age divisions: Junior and Senior A, Junior and Senior B, Junior and Senior C and Junior and Senior D. The top four all-around finishers for each age division qualify for the Junior Olympic National Team.

The event opens May 17 at 11:30 a.m. with competition in the Junior and Senior A divisions, followed by the Junior and Senior B divisions at 5 p.m. Beginning at 10 a.m. on May 18 is the session for the Junior and Senior C divisions, while competition in the Junior and Senior D divisions begin at 3:30 p.m.

Tickets for adults are $25 per day and $42 for the weekend, while admission for children ages 3-9 and for non-participating gymnasts with their USA Gymnastics membership cards is $15 per day or $30 for the weekend. Admission is free for children ages 3 and younger.

The women’s divisions are determined by birth date: Senior D – born prior to or on March 22, 1990; Senior C – born from March 23-Oct. 13, 1990; Senior B – born from Oct. 14, 1990, to May 17, 1991; Senior A – born from May 18-Nov. 20, 1991; Junior D – born from Nov. 21, 1991, to June 30, 1992; Junior C – born from July 1, 1992, to March 31, 1993; Junior B – born from April 1, 1993, to May 17, 1994; and Junior A – must be at least 9 years old and born on or after May 18, 1994.

The 2008 Women’s Junior Olympic National Championships is hosted by Orlando Metro Gymnastics and the Central Florida Sports Commission. For more information on the event, visit

Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. Its mission is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in the sport. Its disciplines include men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, and acrobatic gymnastics.