HARTFORD, Conn., Aug. 15, 2013 – Bailie Key of Montgomery, Texas/Texas Dreams, leads the junior women’s all-around with a score of 59.200 points after the first of two days of competition at the P&G Gymnastics Championships at Hartford’s (Conn.) XL Center. Lauren Hernandez of Old Bridge, N.J./MG Elite, is in second place with 58.000 points, and Nia Dennis of Westerville, Ohio/Buckeye, is in third with 57.200 points. Women’s competition continues tonight with the first day of the senior women’s division, which includes 2012 Olympic team gold-medalists McKayla Maroney of Long Beach, Calif./All-Olympia and Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo, Calif./Gym-Max.
Key, who finished fourth at the 2012 U.S. Championships, started her competition on the balance beam. Her solid set, including two flip flops to a back layout, a switch ring leap and two flip flops to a triple twist dismount score, scored 15.350 points, tying for the highest beam score of the event. In the second rotation, Key earned the highest floor score of the competition, 14.800 points, opening with an Arabian double front to stag jump and finishing with a double pike. On vault, Key’s double-twisting Yurchenko earned 15.100 points and she finished the competition on uneven bars, where she scored 13.950 points.
Hernandez, the only athlete to earn scores higher than 14.000 points on all four events, is currently in second place. She stood out on floor, where she earned 14.300 points, with her dramatic, engaging choreography and uneven bars, where she threw a Ricna release and nearly stuck a full-twisting double tuck dismount for 14.250 points. Dennis, in third, wowed the crowd with her high release moves on the uneven bars and tricky tumbling on floor.
On vault, Ariana Agrapides of Bayville, N.J./MG Elite, earned the day’s highest score of15.350 points, which included an execution score of 9.550, for her double-twisting Yurchenko. Amelia Hundley of Hamilton, Ohio/Cincinnati Gymnastics, leads the uneven bars standings with a score of 14.550 points. Key tied Norah Flatley of Cumming, Iowa/Chow’s Gymnastics for the highest beam score, 15.350 points, and Key also leads the floor exercise rankings.
The competition schedule is: Aug. 15 – women’s gymnastics, juniors at 1 p.m. and seniors at 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 16 – men’s gymnastics, juniors at 1 p.m. and seniors at 7 p.m.; Aug. 17 – women’s gymnastics, juniors at 2 p.m. and seniors at 7:30 p.m.; and Aug. 18 – men’s gymnastics, seniors at 11:30 a.m. and juniors at 6:30 p.m. Times listed are Eastern.
This year, it will be easier than ever to follow the competition and fan events. Schedules, the official program and general information for both fan and competition activities, including start lists, live scoring and more, are available at PGChamps.com. USA Gymnastics is also providing enhanced event coverage on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Fans can connect with gymnastics enthusiasts around the world by using the event’s official hashtag, #PGChamps.
Tickets are still available. Single-session tickets range in price from $20 to $99. Multi-session packages are also available: men’s package – all men’s sessions (junior and senior), Aug. 16 and 18, $85-135; women’s first day of competition package – junior and senior women’s sessions, Aug. 15, $70-125; women’s final day of competition package — junior and senior women’s sessions, Aug. 17, $85-135; and men’s and women’s package – senior women on Aug. 17 and senior men on Aug. 18, $85-135. All-session tickets, which range in price from $125-$395, are also on sale, and the top-priced ticket is for the best seat location and includes an autographed commemorative poster. Prices include facility fees and vary according to ticket location. Tickets are available through several different avenues: Ticketmaster.com; calling 1-800-745-3000; or the Public Power Ticket Office at the XL Center. For group tickets, please call 860-548-2000.
From morning fitness at the Old State House to the 50th Anniversary Museum and the Capital City’s Taste of the Championships, fans will have plenty of opportunities for fun while they enjoy the exciting week of competition in Hartford.
The following is a quick overview of the fan activities available during the P&G Championships. For the most up-to-date and complete information on all event and fan activities, go to PGChamps.com.
Morning fitness. Downtown workers and fans can start the day off right by joining gymnastics coaches and celebrities for a free morning workout, led by local Hartford fitness fanatics and Olympian John Macready, at the Old State House. On Thursday, Aug. 15, and Friday, Aug. 16, USA Gymnastics is hosting "Get up, get fit!", a morning fitness session from 6:30-7:30 a.m. Thursday’s session features a boot camp and Pilates, with Friday’s session including a boot camp and yoga. Companies making the sessions possible are P&G, Under Armour, Hartford Healthcare, Civic Mind, Downtown Yoga and Whole Foods.
Capital City’s Taste of the Championships. Six restaurants are creating special menu items as part of the Capital City’s Taste of the Championships. From Aug. 15-17, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra and legendary gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi will review and taste the signature dishes, which are also being reviewed by a nutritionist with USA Gymnastics’ partner St. Vincent Sports Performance to determine the healthiest dish. The six restaurants are: Agave, 100 Allyn St.; City Steam Brewery Café, 942 Main St.; DISH Bar & Grill, 900 Main St.; Feng Asian Bistro, 93 Asylum St.; Max Downtown, 185 Asylum St.; and Salute, 100 Trumbull St., #2.
"Let’s Eat." "Let’s Eat" is a network of 10 Hartford restaurants that are offering a 20-percent discount to P&G Championships ticket and credential holders, as well as those with a USA Gymnastics Congress credential. The participating restaurants are: Black Bear Saloon at 187 Allyn St.; Burger Baby at 283 Asylum St.; Carbone’s Ristorante at 588 Franklin Ave.; DISH Bar & Grill at 900 Main St.; Front Street Bistro at 39 Front St.; Hot Tomato’s at One Union Place; Peppercorn’s Grill at 357 Main St.; Salute Restaurant at 100 Trumbull St.; The Russian Lady at 100 Ann Uccello St.; and The Tavern Downtown at 201 Ann Uccello St.
USA Gymnastics 50th anniversary museum, celebrating 50 years of champions. Open to the general public, the museum will feature a combination of pictures, historical items, mementoes and videos that tell the story of USA Gymnastics and its first 50 years of accomplishments and champions. It will also include historical leotards from GK Elite and equipment from AAI. Admission is free.
The museum officially opens at 10 a.m. on Aug. 15, and several well-known gymnasts are expected to be on hand for the opening. The museum is open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 15, to Saturday, Aug. 17, and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18. Two autograph sessions will be held each day, and the celebrity gymnasts signing autographs are expected to include Olympic gold medalists Shannon Miller, Carly Patterson and Paul Hamm; members of Team Hilton HHonors, including Olympic silver-medalist Jonathan Horton, Leyva and Orozco; and members of both the 2007 Women’s World Championships Team (team champions) and the 2012 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team. Check PGChamps.com daily for the updated autograph schedule.
USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame. Also at the XL Center, the 2007 Women’s World Championships Team and women’s gymnastics members of the Hall of Fame will be recognized for their achievements on Thursday, Aug. 15, with the men’s Hall of Famers introduced on Friday, Aug. 16. The Fierce Five and the 2007 Women’s World Championships Team are members of the 2013 class of the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame. The members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Team, aka the Fierce Five, are Gabrielle Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va./Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance, McKayla Maroney of Long Beach, Calif./All-Olympia Gymnastics, Aly Raisman of Needham, Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics, Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo, Calif./Gym-Max, and Jordyn Wieber of DeWitt, Mich./Gedderts’ Twistars USA. The 2007 World Championships Team includes Ivana Hong of Laguna Hills, Calif., Shawn Johnson of West Des Moines, Iowa, Nastia Liukin of Parker, Texas, Samantha Peszek of Indianapolis, Ind., Alicia Sacramone of Winchester, Mass., and Shayla Worley of Orlando, along with alternate Bridget Sloan of Pittsboro, Ind.
2012 Olympic reunion. Fans will get to see Fierce Five reunited with the other eight Olympians, and the alternates, for the first time since last fall’s conclusion of the Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions, and help USA Gymnastics celebrate their accomplishments on Saturday, Aug. 17, at the XL Center. The members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team are: women – Douglas, Maroney, Raisman, Ross and Wieber; men –Dalton, Jonathan Horton of Houston/Team Hilton HHonors (Cypress Gymnastics), Leyva, Mikulak and Orozco; rhythmic gymnastics –Zetlin; and trampoline –Gluckstein and Vinsant. The replacement athletes who will be in attendance are: women – Sarah Finnegan of St. Louis, Mo./Great American Gymnastics Express, Anna Li of Aurora, Ill./Legacy Elite Gymnastics, and Price; men –Christopher Brooks of Houston/Team Hilton HHonors (Cypress Academy of Gymnastics), Legendre, and Naddour; and trampoline – Logan Dooley of Lake Forest, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, and Dakota Earnest of Plains, Texas/Acrospirits.
USA Gymnastics Fitness Zone. Kids can have fun and gain knowledge about the importance of fitness through the interactive USA Gymnastics Fitness Zone. The zone features activities in building strength, flexibility, cardiovascular exercise and nutrition. The Fitness Zone will be featured on the concourse at the XL Center.
WGYM. WGYM, the in-house radio broadcast for men’s and women’s gymnastics, provides running commentary on the competition, as well as fun facts about the sport and the competitors. Olympic gold medalists Amanda Borden, Paul Hamm and Shannon Miller will serve as hosts for the broadcasts. Radios will be available at the XL Center.
Merchandise. Fans can purchase everything gymnastics from event-specific tees to 50th anniversary merchandise at the XL Center.
Television, webcast and YouTube coverage
Live competition coverage.
- NBC Sports Network and NBC will air all four senior competition sessions live. The schedule is listed below.
- Aug. 15 – Women – 8 p.m. ET – NBC Sports Network
- Aug. 16 – Men – 8 p.m. ET – NBC Sports Network
- Aug. 17 – Women – 8 p.m. ET – NBC
- Aug. 18 – Men – 1 p.m. ET – NBC
- Hosted by 1996 Olympic team gold-medalist Amanda Borden, USA Gymnastics will provide live webcast coverage of all four junior competitive sessions. Two-time Olympic gold-medalist Shannon Miller, 2004 Olympic all-around champion Paul Hamm, and 2008 Olympic silver-medalists Jonathan Horton and Samantha Peszek will join Borden to provide commentary and analysis. NBC and NBC Sports Network will provide live webcasts of senior competition. Below is a schedule.
- Junior Women Day 1 – Aug. 15 – 1-3:30 p.m. ET
- Senior Women Day 1 – Aug. 15 – 8-10 p.m. ET – NBC Sports Network
- Junior Men Day 1 – Aug. 16 – 1-3:30 p.m. ET
- Senior Men Day 1 – Aug. 16 – 8-10 p.m. ET – NBC Sports Network
- Junior Women Day 2 – Aug. 17 – 2-4:30 p.m. ET
- Senior Women Day 2 – Aug. 17 – 8-10 p.m. ET – NBC
- Senior Men Day 2 – Aug. 18 – 1-2:30 p.m. ET – NBC
- Junior Men Day 2 – Aug. 18 – 6:30-9 p.m. ET
- NBC Sports Network and NBC will air all four senior competition sessions live. The schedule is listed below.
USA Gymnastics on YouTube. USA Gymnastics will post coverage of the P&G Championships, including nearly every competition routine, after the conclusion of the event, interviews from media day and post-competition, and clips from podium training.
Connecticut Convention Center. The Connecticut Convention Center, which has a total of 540,000 sq. ft. space, is the site for the USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show. The facility offers an outdoor esplanade overlooking the Connecticut River and is connected to both the Marriott Hartford Downtown and the Connecticut Science Center.
XL Center. The XL Center, managed by Global Spectrum (a division of Comcast Spectacor), will host two days of competition for both men’s and women’s gymnastics. The XL Center is home to the University of Connecticut Men’s & Women’s Basketball teams along with the Hartford Wolf Pack, the American Hockey League affiliate of the New York Rangers. In addition to resident teams, the XL Center entertains millions of visitors annually with a variety of concerts, family shows, sporting events, consumer & trade shows. The XL Center is Connecticut’s home for premier sports & entertainment.