WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (December 21, 2022) – The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has awarded the U.S. a FIG World Cup Series event for the first time since 2020, with Florida’s West Palm Beach set to host the world’s top trampoline and tumbling gymnasts August 3-5 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.
Up to 250 athletes from 30 countries are expected to compete at the FIG World Cup – West Palm Beach, Fla., which will serve as the penultimate stop in the five-competition 2023 World Cup Series slated to run through Baku, Azerbaijan February 18-19, Santarem, Portugal July 1-2, Coimbra, Portugal July 7-8, and Varna, Bulgaria October 7-8. Based on their performances, participating gymnasts can earn World Cup points that count toward the series championship, which will be awarded next fall at the series’ conclusion.
"The U.S. Trampoline & Tumbling program is coming off of an exceptional season that was punctuated by standout individual gold-medal performances at The World Games in July and World Championships in November and also saw a U.S. synchronized trampoline pair capture the first American World Cup Series title in more than a decade," said Stefanie Korepin, USA Gymnastics’ Chief Programs Officer. "We are thrilled that these hardworking gymnasts will be able to compete against the world’s best in front of a home crowd next season and know our international colleagues will also receive a tremendous welcome from the West Palm Beach community."
The World Cup in West Palm Beach will feature men’s and women’s individual and synchronized trampoline, tumbling and double mini divisions. In 2022, the American duo of Nicole Ahsinger and Sarah Webster (Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express) clinched the women’s synchronized trampoline series title after earning gold at the Nissen World Cup in Switzerland. Webster also claimed gold in women’s individual trampoline and teammate Miah Bruns (Crete, Ill./World Champions Centre) took top honors in women’s tumbling at the AERE World Cup in Italy. Tomas Minc (Chevy Chase, Md./Dynamite Gymnastics) and Tasha Williams (East Peoria, Ill./World Champions Centre) added silver medals in men’s double mini and women’s tumbling, respectively, at the AERE World Cup, while Shelby Nobuhara (Mapleton, Utah/High Altitude) pocketed bronze in women’s double mini.
The last FIG World Cup Series event on U.S. soil was the American Cup, in artistic gymnastics. The U.S. most recently hosted a FIG trampoline and tumbling event in 2014, with the T&T World Championships in Daytona Beach, Fla. West Palm Beach will also welcome the 2023 Stars & Stripes Championships just prior to the World Cup.
"Winning the bid to host both the FIG World Cup and the Stars & Stripes Championships is a historic occasion for Palm Beach County and the state of Florida," remarked George Linley, executive director for the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. "Hosting a World Cup and national event contiguously, organized by gymnastics’ international governing body and national governing body, will transform The Palm Beaches into an unrivaled stage for the sport. Furthermore, both events will create a significant economic impact for Palm Beach County."
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