SALT LAKE CITY, March 17, 2014 – The fourth-annual Kalon Ludvigson Invitational was held this weekend in Salt Lake City with more than 1,000 competitors taking part. 2012 Olympian Steven Gluckstein of Atlantic Highland, N.J./ETA, won the men’s trampoline title and set an American difficulty record of 17.3 in the process. Logan Dooley of Lake Forest, Calif./World Elite, previously held the record.
Many of the United States’ best-known gymnastics champions attended event, including Olympic gold medalists Nastia Liukin and Dominique Moceanu and Olympic silver-medalists Chellsie Memmel and Courtney Kupets, along with Elise Ray, 2000 Olympic bronze medalist, and Melissa Marlowe. In addition, they signed autographs and participated in a special celebration of Ludvigson, the eight-time U.S. tumbling champion who was injured in a training accident last fall, and his coach and partner Justen Millerbernd.
The other U.S. senior national team members who won were: Dakota Earnest of Plains, Texas/Acrospirits, women’s trampoline; Alex Renkert of Indianapolis/Geist Sports Academy, men’s double mini-trampoline and tumbling; and Erin Jauch of Crystal Lake, Ill./Fox Valley Tumbling and Trampoline, women’s double mini.
For more information on the Kalon Ludvigson Invitational, go to www.kaloninvite.com.
A fund has been started to assist Ludvigson in covering medical and rehabilitation costs, please go to www.gofundme.com/kalonludvigson for more information. Also, messages of love and support may be posted on his Facebook page, www.facebook.com/kalonludvigsonathlete.
KSL.com caught up with Ludvigson, Millerbernd and Liukin at the event. Click here to read the story.