INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 8, 2012 – Athletes from 17 countries will compete in the 2012 Kellogg’s® Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships, March 16-18, at the Comcast Arena at Everett (Wash.) and the Comcast Community Ice Rink. Shannon Miller, the most decorated American gymnast and 1996 Olympic gold medalist, will visit the Seattle area Feb. 10 to promote the competition.
The 2012 Pacific Rim Championships will showcase athletes from Australia, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Philippines, Russia, Thailand and the United States. Considered one of gymnastics’ premier international events, competition at the Kellogg’s Pacific Rim Championships includes artistic (men’s and women’s) gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, and trampoline.
The breakdown by discipline is as follows. Artistic gymnastics: Australia, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama (women), Philippines (men), Russia, Thailand (men), USA. Rhythmic gymnastics: Australia, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, USA. Trampoline: Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, USA
Single-session tickets range from $15 to $65, and all-session tickets range from $110 to $250 (including facility fees). Tickets may be purchased at the Comcast Arena at Everett Box Office; by phone at 866-332-8499; or online through Comcastarenaeverett.com. In recognition of Visa’s long-time support of USA Gymnastics, Visa is the preferred method of payment. For more information, go to www.usagym.org/events.
The competition schedule is as follows:
Friday, March 16
10 a.m. – Rhythmic Team & All-Around (Sub Div. 1)
1:30 p.m. – Women’s Team & All-Around (Sub Div. 1)
3 p.m. – Rhythmic Team & All-Around (Sub Div. 2)
7 p.m. – Women’s Team & All-Around (Sub Div. 2)
Saturday, March 17
1:30 p.m. – Men’s Team & All-Around (Sub Div. 1)
3 p.m. – Rhythmic Individual Event Finals
7 p.m. – Men’s Team & All-Around (Sub Div. 2)
Sunday, March 18
9 a.m. – Trampoline Junior Team Competition
11:30 a.m. – Trampoline Senior Team Competition
12 p.m. – Men’s & Women’s Junior Individual Event Finals
4 p.m. – Trampoline Individual Event Finals
6 p.m. – Men’s & Women’s Senior Individual Event Finals
7 p.m. – Synchronized Trampoline Competition
Held every two years, the Pacific Rim Championships were held in Honolulu in 2004 and 2006; San Jose in 2008; and Melbourne, Australia, in 2010. In 2010, the USA won both the men’s and women’s team titles and three of the all-around titles – John Orozco of the Bronx, N.Y./U.S. Olympic Training Center, junior men; Jordyn Wieber of DeWitt, Mich./Gedderts’ Twistars USA, women’s junior title; and Rebecca Bross of Plano, Texas/WOGA, senior women. Past all-around champions include the USA’s Paul Hamm, Carly Patterson, and Nastia Liukin.
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Production Sports Management. Based in Snohomish County, Production Sports Management is an LLC offering sport national governing bodies, sports clubs and other community groups the support needed to take an event to the next level. Acting as the liaison between the local community and USA Gymnastics for the 2012 Pacific Rim Championships, Production Sports will be the eyes and ears on the ground to assist with marketing, public relations, sponsorships and event logistics. For more information, log on to www.productionsports.net.
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