INDIANAPOLIS, March 1, 2011 – The 36-gymnast field for the 2011 Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup, scheduled for March 4 in Jacksonville, Fla., includes 2009 World vault champion Kayla Williams and 2010 Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup silver-medalist Kassandra Lopez. Competition begins at 7 p.m. at the Jacksonville Veteran Memorial Arena.
This year’s event includes five gymnasts who competed in the inaugural Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup: Mary Jane Horth of Akron, Ohio; Amelia Hundley of Hamilton, Ohio; Lopez of Tucson, Ariz., last year’s runner-up; Mykayla Skinner of Gilbert, Ariz.; and Kiersten Wang of Monument, Colo. The field also features gymnasts from 18 states, including nine former Junior Olympic National Team members. Williams of Huntington, W.Va., completed as an elite gymnast for six months in 2009, during which time she became the 2009 World vault champion.
A complete list of the 36-gymnast field is available below, alphabetical by state.
Each gymnast qualified through one of the 17 invitationals that comprised the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup Series. A minimum of two gymnasts from each invitational advanced to the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup, which takes place on the evening prior to the prestigious AT&T American Cup at using the event’s podium. This year’s Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup will be televised live on Universal Sports. For more information on qualifiers, results and photos from each invitational, go to www.nastialiukinsupergirlcup.com.
General admission tickets for the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup are $25. Regular-priced tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster by phone at 800-745-3000; online at www.ticketmaster.com; at all Ticketmaster outlets; or at the Veterans Memorial Arena Box Office. For more information on tickets, go to www.nastialiukinsupergirlcup.com. Visa is the preferred method of payment. Proceeds from the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup benefit the Nastia Liukin Fund, which is part of the National Gymnastics Foundation.
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2011 Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup Field
(alphabetical by state)
Stefani Catour, Phoenix, Ariz./Desert Lights Gymnastics
Kassandra Lopez, Tucson, Ariz./Tumbleweeds Gymnastics
Caitlin Mann, Tucson, Ariz./Tumbleweeds Gymnastics
Mykayla Skinner, Gilbert, Ariz./Desert Lights Gymnastics
Megan Jimenez, Temecula, Calif./Precision Gymnastics
Kiersten Wang, Monument, Colo./Colorado Aerials
Lisa Burt, Port Orange, Fla./Ace Gymnastics
Lauren Marinez, Orlando, Fla./Orlando Metro
Michaela Woodford, Newberry, Fla./Sun Country
Alina Cartwright, Naperville, Ill./Legacy Elite Gymnastics
Jordan Naleway, Vernon Hills, Ill./Aerial Gymnastics Club
Brittney Sooksengdao, Olathe, Kan./McCracken’s Gymnastics
Georgia Dabritz, Newburyport, Mass./Ace Gymnastics
Miya Dotson, Northville, Mich./Oakland Gymnastics
Kathryn Kluz, Wixom, Mich./Oakland Gymnastics
Grace Williams, Linden, Mich./Gedderts’ Twistars USA
Maile’ana Kanewa, Duluth, Minn./The Gymnastics Academy
Maggie Nichols, Little Canada, Minn./Twin City Twisters
Kaitlyn Hall, Kansas City, Mo./KGDC Twisters
Alyssa Jackson, Belton, Mo./Xtreme Gymnastics and Trampoline
Tory Wilson, Albuquerque, N.M./Gold Cup Gymnastics
Asi Peko, Henderson, Nev./Brown’s Gymnastics – Las Vegas
Mary Kaitlyn "Katie" Bailey, Kernersville, N.C./High Point Gymnastics Academy
Mary Jane Horth, Akron, Ohio/Gymnastics World
Amelia Hundley, Hamilton, Ohio/Cincinnati Gymnastics
Kelsey Lawless, Lyndhurst, Ohio/Elite Gymnastics Academy
Jennie Laeng, West Middlesex, Pa./Olympic Dreams Gymnastics
Annette Miele, Easton, Pa./Parkettes National Gymnastics
Alyssa Nocella, Gilbertsville, Pa./Silvia’s Gymnastics
Rebecca Tutka, Upper Black Eddy, Pa./Parkettes Gymnastics
Mackenzie Brannan, Austin, Texas/Capital Gymnastics
Rachel Spicer, Highland Village, Texas/Metroplex Gymnastics
Sachi Rose Sugiyama, Keller, Texas/Top Flight Training Center
Ashley Lambert, Newport News, Va./World Class Gymnastics
Alexandra McMurtry, Midlothian, Va./Richmond Gymnastics
Kayla Williams, Huntington, W.Va./Cincinnati Gymnastics
Nastia Liukin. At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Liukin’s total of five medals tied the U.S. gymnastics record for most medals in one Olympic Games, held by Mary Lou Retton (1984) and Shannon Miller (1992). Liukin’s medals are: gold – all-around; silver – team, balance beam and uneven bars; and bronze – floor exercise. Liukin is just the third U.S. woman to win the Olympic all-around crown. Liukin has graced many magazine covers and appeared on various shows, including Gossip Girl, Make It or Break It and the feature film, Stick It. She was also chosen as one of 2009’s most influential women by MSN Lifestyle. Liukin is considering making a comeback for the 2012 London Olympics and would be coached by her father, Valeri, who has four Olympic medals from 1988 including two gold.
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AT&T American Cup. The 2011 AT&T American Cup, an all-around FIG World Cup event, is one of the most prestigious international invitationals. The list of former champions comprises some of the sport’s best-known names, including Nastia Liukin, Bart Conner, Paul Hamm, Shawn Johnson, Shannon Miller, Carly Patterson, Mary Lou Retton and Peter Vidmar. For more information, go to www.attamericancup.com.