INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., March 2, 2010 – The 36 gymnast field is now set for the 2010 Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup on March 5, 2010, at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. The final two competitors – Madison Krentz of Cave Creek, Ariz./Arizona Sunrays and Jaclyn McCartin of West Covina, Calif./Charter Oak Gliders – were selected this past weekend at the Long Beach (Calif.) Open. During seven weeks of competition, 36 gymnasts from 17 states were selected from the 15 invitationals in the Nastia Liukin Cup Series to compete in the inaugural Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup. “It’s important for me to be able to give back to the gymnastics community that has supported me so much,” said 2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin of Parker, Texas. “The Supergirl Cup is a great way to give girls the chance to compete, shoot for their dreams, and let their inner Supergirl take flight.”
“We are so excited to be hosting the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup for these athletes,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “This event will allow some of our top Junior Olympic gymnasts to experience gymnastics like an elite athlete and provide a chance for them to mingle with some of the best in the sport. It is going to be a fun weekend in Worcester.”
Each of the 15 invitationals that comprised the Nastia Liukin Cup Series selected a minimum of two athletes from the respective Level 10/open fields to compete in the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup, a joint venture between Warner Bros. Consumer Products, USA Gymnastics and Liukin. The Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup and the accompanying Nastia Liukin Cup Series provide a unique competitive opportunity for the country’s rising female gymnasts. The complete list of participants is included below.
“Nastia Liukin is the perfect brand ambassador for this initiative and a person who embodies the attributes of Supergirl in her own right,” said Karen McTier, executive vice president, domestic licensing and worldwide marketing, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “We are proud to be able to align with Nastia and give this talented group of gymnasts the opportunity to strive for excellence and find their own inner Supergirl.”
Fans around the country can watch the inaugural Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup live on television or the web via Universal Sports and www.universalsports.com from 7-9 p.m. ET.
To catch all the action in person, Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup tickets can be purchased for $25 general admission, through Ticketmaster by phone at 800-745-3000; online at www.ticketmaster.com; at all Ticketmaster outlets; or at the DCU Center Ticket Office. Visa is the preferred method of payment.
Gymnasts competing in the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup will receive a Nastia Liukin-designed leotard and a warm-up from GK Elite; two tickets to the Tyson American Cup and recognition during that event for the Cup’s medalists; and the opportunity to meet Nastia Liukin and participate in a team photo. Proceeds from the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup will go into the Nastia Liukin Fund, a charitable fund within the National Gymnastics Foundation. For more information, go to www.nastialiukinsupergirlcup.com.
2010 Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup Field
Arranged alphabetically by last name
Nikole Addison, Fort Myers, Fla., Coast Elite Gymnastics
Lauren Beers, Warren Center, Pa., Southern Tier Gymnastics
Hallie Benjamin, Fortville, Ind., DeVeau’s School of Gymnastics
Alexis Carroll, Gaithersburg, Md., Hill’s Gymnastics
Marie Case, Erie, Pa., Lakettes Gymnastics Academy
Stephani Canizaro, Nesbit, Miss., Memphis GymStars
Alexa Davis, Harrisburg, Pa., Central Pa. Academy of Gymnastics
Lia Del Priore, Center Valley, Pa., Parkettes Gymnastics
Gabrielle Douglas, Virginia Beach, Va., Excalibur
Jazmyn Estrella, Allentown, Pa., Parkettes Gymnastics
Shealyn Farley, Lancaster, Pa., Prestige Gymnastics
Kylie Fischer, Addison, Ill., Palmer’s Gymnastics
Summer Garcia, Lawrenceville, Ga., Ultimate Gymnastics
Ashleigh Gnat, Lake Mary, Fla., Ace Gymnastics
Lloimincia Hall, Dallas, Texas, Texas Dreams Gymnastics
Pauline Hanset, Knoxville, Tenn., Premier Athletics Knoxville
Kimberly Jacob, Raleigh, N.C., Superior Gymnastics
Mary Jane Horth, Akron, Ohio, Gymnastic World
Amelia Hundley, Hamilton, Ohio, Cincinnati Gymnastics
Madison Krentz, Cave Creek, Ariz., Arizona Sunrays
Sarah Lokos, Damascus, Md., Hill’s Gymnastics
Kassandra Lopez, Tucson, Ariz., Gym World East
Maggie Lundeen, St Charles, Ill., Palmer’s Gymnastics
Megan Marenghi, Plano, Texas, WOGA
Maliah Mathis, San Antonio, Texas, Aerial Athletics
Jaclyn McCartin, West Covina, Calif.,Charter Oak Gliders
Nina McGee, Cincinnati, Ohio, Gym-Nation
Diandra Milliner, Andover, Kan., Folgers Gymnastics
Sammie Musto, Franklinville, N.J., Atlantic Coast
Shonacee Oliva, Groveland, Fla., Brandy Johnson’s Gymnastics
Lexie Priessman, Cincinnati, Ohio, Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy
Shelby Salmon, Noblesville, Ind., Sharp’s Gymnastics
Hayley Sanders, McKinney, Texas, WOGA
Mykayla Skinner, Gilbert, Ariz., Desert Lights
Megan Walker, Brackney, Pa., Southern Tier Gymnastics
Kiersten Wang, Colorado Springs, Colo., Colorado Aerials
About 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, currently 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. Earlier in 2008, Liukin won the all-around title at both the Tyson American Cup and the Pacific Rim Championships presented by Gillette Venus. Liukin has nine world medals to her credit. For 2008, she was named the USOC’s Co-Sportswoman of the Year, the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Individual Sportswoman of the Year and the United States Sports Academy Female Athlete of the Year. Liukin and her teammates on the 2007 U.S. Women’s World Championships Team were selected as the 2007 U.S. Olympic Committee’s Team of the Year. She was also chosen as one of 2009’s most influential women by MSN Lifestyle. Liukin is still competing and is coached by her father, Valeri, who has four Olympic medals from 1988, including two gold. She trains at WOGA.
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