INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 8, 2013 – Steve Jaciuk of New Berlin, Wis./ University of Minnesota, has been added to the men’s field for the 2013 P&G Gymnastics Championships, scheduled for Aug. 15-18 at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.
Jaciuk is replacing 2008 Olympic horizontal bar silver-medalist Jonathan Horton of Houston/Team Hilton HHonors (Cypress Gymnastics), who withdrew because he is still working toward competition readiness following surgery late last year. Jaciuk was the next male gymnast in the men’s program rankings, which are used to determine who qualifies to the event.
The remaining four members of the men’s 2012 U.S. Olympic Team are expected to compete: Jake Dalton of Reno, Nev./Team Hilton HHonors (University of Oklahoma); Danell Leyva of Miami/Team Hilton HHonors (Universal Gymnastics); Sam Mikulak of Corona del Mar, Calif./University of Michigan; and John Orozco of the Bronx/Team Hilton HHonors (U.S. Olympic Training Center), the defending all-around champion.
The P&G Championships competition schedule is below. All times are Eastern.
- Aug. 15 – women’s gymnastics, juniors at 1 p.m. and seniors at 7:30 p.m.
- Aug. 16 – men’s gymnastics, juniors at 1 p.m. and seniors at 7 p.m.
- Aug. 17 – women’s gymnastics, juniors at 2 p.m. and seniors at 7:30 p.m.
- Aug. 18 – men’s gymnastics, seniors at 11:30 a.m. and juniors at 6:30 p.m.
Single-session tickets range in price from $20 to $99. Multi-session packages are also available: men’s package – all men’s sessions (junior and senior), Aug. 16 and 18, $85-135; women’s first day of competition package – junior and senior women’s sessions, Aug. 15, $70-125; women’s final day of competition package — junior and senior women’s sessions, Aug. 17, $85-135; and men’s and women’s package – senior women on Aug. 17 and senior men on Aug. 18, $85-135. All-session tickets, which range in price from $125-$395, are also on sale, and the top-priced ticket is for the best seat location and includes an autographed commemorative poster. Prices include facility fees and vary according to ticket location. Tickets are available through several different avenues: Ticketmaster.com; calling 1-800-745-3000; or the Public Power Ticket Office at the XL Center. For group tickets, please call 860-548-2000. For more information, go to pgchamps.com.
The P&G Gymnastics Championships determine U.S. champions and the U.S. national team for the junior and senior elite levels. USA Gymnastics will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in Hartford, along with recognizing the members of the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame.
Orozco and Jordyn Wieber of DeWitt, Mich./Gedderts’ Twistars USA, won the men’s and women’s U.S. all-around titles, respectively, at the 2012 championships. The roster of former U.S. all-around champions is a veritable who’s who of gymnastics, including: women – Nastia Liukin, Shawn Johnson, Carly Patterson, Courtney Kupets, Shannon Miller, Dominique Dawes, Kim Zmeskal and Mary Lou Retton; and men – Paul Hamm, Blaine Wilson, John Roethlisberger, Mitch Gaylord, Peter Vidmar and Bart Conner.
The 49th Annual USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show is a three-day educational event open to the entire gymnastics community. Held in conjunction with the P&G Championships, the National Congress provides a unique opportunity for presentations, demonstrations and educational seminars on a variety of topics and a large exhibitor’s hall with additional business opportunities.
Hartford hosted both the national championships and USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show in 2010.
The Connecticut Convention Center. The Connecticut Convention Center, which has more than 205,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space, is the site for the USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show. The facility offers an outdoor esplanade overlooking the Connecticut River and is connected to both the Hartford Marriott Downtown and the Connecticut Science Center.
XL Center. The XL Center, managed by AEG Connecticut, will host two days of competition for both men’s and women’s gymnastics. The XL Center is home to the University of Connecticut Men’s & Women’s Basketball teams along with the Connecticut Whale, the American Hockey League affiliate of the New York Rangers. In addition to resident teams, the XL Center entertains millions of visitors annually with a variety of concerts, family shows, sporting events, consumer & trade shows. The XL Center is Connecticut’s home for premier sports & entertainment.