INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Aug. 2, 2007 — Defending U.S. all-around champion Nastia Liukin of Parker, Texas, is one of 47 women qualified to compete at the 2007 Visa Championships, Aug. 15-18, at HP Pavilion at San Jose (Calif.). In addition to national titles, berths on the 2007 U.S. World Championships Team and the 2007 Women’s National Team are at stake.
Other top gymnasts in the field include: Jana Bieger of Coconut Creek, Fla., the 2006 world all-around silver medalist; Ivana Hong of Blue Springs, Mo., the 2007 Pan Am Games all-around bronze medalist; Shawn Johnson of West Des Moines, Iowa, the 2007 Pan Am Games all-around champion; Natasha Kelley of Katy, Texas, 2006 world team silver medalist; Chellsie Memmel of West Allis, Wis., the 2005 all-around world champion; Samantha Peszek of Indianapolis, Ind., 2007 Pan Am Games team gold medalist; Alicia Sacramone of Winchester, Mass., the 2005 floor exercise world champion; and Amber Trani of Richlandtown, Pa., the 2007 Pan Am Games vault silver medalist. 2007 Pan Am Games team gold-medalist Rebecca Bross of
The qualified athletes, 23 seniors and 24 juniors representing 20 states, are listed below.
At HP Pavilion, the artistic gymnastics competition schedule for the Visa Championships is: Wednesday, Aug. 15 – 1 p.m., junior men’s all-around and event finals, and 7 p.m., senior men’s first day of competition; Thursday, Aug. 16 – 1 p.m., junior women’s first day of competition, and 7 p.m., senior women’s first day of competition; Friday, Aug. 17 – 7 p.m., senior men’s final day of competition; and Saturday, Aug. 18 – 1 p.m., junior women’s final day of competition, and 6 p.m., senior women’s final day of competition. NBC Sports is broadcasting action from the women’s competition on a same weekend, tape-delayed basis during prime time. Coverage from the men’s competition airs later.
Visa Championships tickets for men’s and women’s artistic and rhythmic/acrobatic gymnastics are on sale now at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office; all Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone at (408) 998-TIXS; or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
In 2006, Liukin and Alexander Artemev of