INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., May 3, 2007—More than 800 gymnasts are expected to compete in the 2007 Men’s Junior Olympic National Championships, May 9-13, at the Cox Convention Center Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. The event features competition in Levels 9 and 10 in regional team, all-around and individual events.
The levels are determined by skill level, and Level 10 is split into two age groups, 14-15 years old and 16-18 years old. The Junior Olympic National Championships are a qualifier for Level 10 gymnasts to the Visa Championships (Aug. 15-18 in San Jose, Calif.), where the national teams for both age groups are determined. The top gymnasts in Level 9 are named to the Junior Olympic National Team.
The opening ceremony for the Men’s Junior Olympic National Championships is May 9 at 7 p.m. Level 10 and Level 9 athletes compete on May 10 and 11, respectively, beginning at 8 a.m. each day with two sessions of individual event qualification, followed by regional team finals at approximately 5 p.m. All-around finals are May 12, with Level 10 (ages 14-15) at 11 a.m., Level 10 (ages 16-18) at 3 p.m. and Level 9 at 5:30 p.m. Concluding the Men’s Junior Olympic National Championships are the individual event finals on May 13 at 12 p.m. All listed times are Central Daylight Time.
Tickets, which may be purchased through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com, are $15 per adult (ages 13 and older) and $10 per child (ages 7-12) on competition days. Training sessions on May 9 are $10 per adult and $8 per child, while entry into the opening ceremony is $12 per adult and $10 per child. An all-event pass is available for $55 per person if purchased before May 9, and $60 per person if purchased on or after May 9. Admission is free for all sessions for children age 6 and younger. All proceeds from the sale of tickets to the training sessions will go toward the USA Gymnastics Men’s Scholarship Foundation.
To advance to the Junior Olympic National Championships, gymnasts competed in state and regional championships and qualified based on their all-around or multiple-event scores, or through regional allotment. For more information on the event, which is hosted by the Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy, visit www.jonationals.com.
Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. Its mission is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in the sport. Its disciplines include men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, and acrobatic gymnastics. For more information, log on to www.usa-gymnastics.org.