2012 Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions takes center stage beginning Sept. 8
posted on 09/06/2012

INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 6, 2012 - The 40-city Kellogg's® Tour of Gymnastics Champions kicks off Saturday, Sept. 8, in San Jose, Calif., and promises to be unlike any gymnastics tour ever produced, providing fans with a high-flying, dynamic experience that will celebrate the sports' beauty and skill. Bigger and better than ever, the show's format pairs elite gymnastics skill with modern performance art that pushes the boundaries of athleticism and is sure to keep fans cheering for more.

Members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team, including The Fierce FiveSM, 2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin, and 2008 Olympic silver medalists Jonathan Horton, Chellsie Memmel and Alicia Sacramone headline the all-star cast for the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions. Tickets for the Kellogg's Tour, which runs through Nov. 18, may be purchased at KelloggsTour.com.

"The Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions is a celebration of our sport," said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. "It provides the perfect stage for Americans to celebrate and welcome our Olympians home from winning six medals at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, including the women's team, all-around and floor exercise gold, as well as the balance beam bronze medal, in addition to recognizing many of our Olympic and World medalists."

While a complete list of athletes scheduled to perform during the Kellogg's Tour of Champions is listed below, the cast roster also includes: The Fierce Five - Gabrielle Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Alexandra Raisman, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber; 2012 Olympians Jake Dalton, Steven Gluckstein, John Orozco, Savannah Vinsant, Julie Zetlin and Horton; and World medalists Kristin Allen, Rebecca Bross, Steven Legendre, Alex Naddour, Michael Rodrigues, Sabrina Vega and Brandon Wynn. Due to athletes' schedules and personal commitments, the cast will vary from stop to stop. 1996 Olympian John Macready and 2004 Olympian Mary Sanders are also part of the Kellogg's Tour. The cast of gymnastics champions will be joined by local gymnasts at each tour stop.

"The entire country watched these amazing athletes reach their full potential as they competed in London," said Doug VanDeVelde, senior vice president of Morning Foods, Kellogg Company. "We are honored to help bring their amazing performances to fans in cities across the U.S. as these athletes continue to inspire us all and demonstrate how great starts lead to great things."

During the Kellogg's Tour, young fans can make their own great starts at the Kellogg's Fitness and Nutrition Zone at each of the 40 tour stops. The zone will feature activities which will help increase strength, flexibility and cardiovascular stamina. Kids can have fun and gain knowledge about the importance of fitness by participating in some of the same activities as their gymnastics idols. Fans can also learn about the athletes' inspirational beginnings through a series of online "Start Story" videos that follow their journeys which can be viewed at Kelloggs.com/teamusa.

Tickets may be purchased through the venues hosting the Kellogg's Tour across the country. Ticket prices range from $25-$240 and vary by market and seat location. Platinum and Gold VIP Packages are available in most markets and include special athlete access and a commemorative gold medal. A complete schedule for the Kellogg's Tour is listed below, but to find the stop nearest you and order tickets, please visit www.KelloggsTour.com.

It also will be easy to follow your favorite gymnasts and the tour: online, kelloggstour.com; Facebook, USAGymnastics; and Twitter, #kelloggstour and @usagym. Visit Facebook.com/Kelloggs to find out more about the Power of Breakfast and find the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions stop nearest you.

The Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions is produced by USA Gymnastics in partnership with AEG Facilities. Kellogg Company is the exclusive title sponsor, and Procter & Gamble, Hilton HHonors and AT&T are official supporting partners. American Athletic, Inc., and GK Elite are official suppliers.

Kellogg's has been helping people start their day right for more than 100 years, believing great starts, both big and small, create the potential for great days, every day.

Complete cast list for the 2012 Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Women

  • Kristin Allen - Livermore, Calif., acrobatic gymnastics. 2012 World mixed pair gold medalist (with Michael Rodrigues); 2009 World Games mixed pair gold medalist; 2008 World mixed pair silver medalist.
  • Kennedy Baker* - Flower Mound, Texas/Texas Dreams. 2012 Secret U.S. Classic all-around champion.
  • Rebecca Bross - Plano, Texas/WOGA. 2010 World Championships team silver medalist; six-time World medalist.
  • Gabby Douglas* - Virginia Beach, Va./Chow's Gymnastics. 2012 Olympic team and all-around gold medalist; 2011 World Championships team gold medalist.
  • Brenna Dowell* - Odessa, Mo./ Great American Gymnastics Express. 2010 Pan Am Championships team gold medalist.
  • Sarah Finnegan* - St. Louis, Mo./ Great American Gymnastics Express. 2012 U.S. Olympic Team replacement athlete; 2010 Pan Am Championships team gold medalist.
  • Anna Li - Aurora, Ill./Legacy Elite Gymnastics. 2012 U.S. Olympic and 2011 World Championships Team replacement athlete.
  • Nastia Liukin - Parker, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics. 2008 Olympic all-around champion; five-time Olympic and nine-time World medalist.
  • McKayla Maroney* - Long Beach, Calif./All Olympia. 2012 Olympic team gold and vault silver medalist; 2011 World vault and team gold medalist.
  • Chellsie Memmel - West Allis, Wis./M&M Gymnastics. 2008 Olympic team silver medalist; World gold medalist in all-around, team (twice), uneven bars.
  • Elizabeth Price* - Coopersburg, Pa./ Parkettes National Gymnastics Center. 2012 U.S. Olympic Team replacement athlete; 2011 City of Jesolo Trophy team gold medalist.
  • Alexandra Raisman - Needham, Mass./Brestyan's Gymnastics. 2012 U.S. Olympic team and floor exercise gold and balance beam bronze medalist; 2011 World team gold and floor bronze medalist.
  • Kyla Ross* - Aliso Viejo, Calif./ Gym-Max. 2012 Olympic team gold medalist; 2012 Kellogg's Pacific Rim team gold medalist.
  • Alicia Sacramone* - Winchester, Mass./Brestyan's American Gymnastics. 2011 World team gold medalist; 2008 Olympic team silver medalist; 10 career World medals.
  • Sabrina Vega* - Carmel, N.Y./Dynamic Gymnastics. 2011 World Championships team gold medalist.
  • Savannah Vinsant - Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express, trampoline. 2012 Olympic Games, first U.S. woman to make Olympic trampoline finals; 2011-12 U.S. champion.
  • Jordyn Wieber - DeWitt, Mich./Twistars USA. 2012 Olympic team gold medalist; 2011 World all-around and team gold and balance beam bronze medalist.
  • Julie Zetlin - Bethesda, Md./Capitol Rhythmics. 2012 U.S. Olympic Team member; 2011 Pan Am Games all-around, ball and ribbon gold medalist.

Men

  • Chris Brooks - Houston/Team Hilton HHonors (Cypress Academy of Gymnastics). 2012 U.S. Olympic Team replacement athlete; 2012 Kellogg's Pacific Rim Championships all-around and team gold medalist.
  • Jake Dalton - Reno, Nev./University of Oklahoma. 2012 U.S. Olympic Team member; 2011 World Championships team bronze medalist.
  • Josh Dixon* - San Jose, Calif./U.S. Olympic Training Center. 2010 U.S. floor exercise champion.
  • Steven Gluckstein, Atlantic Highlands, N.J./ETA, trampoline. 2012 U.S. Olympic Team member; four-time U.S. champion.
  • Jonathan Horton - Houston/Team Hilton HHonors (Cypress Academy of Gymnastics). 2012 U.S. Olympic Team member; 2010 World all-around bronze medalist; 2008 Olympic team bronze and horizontal bar silver medalist.
  • Glen Ishino* - Santa Ana, Calif./University of California-Berkeley. 2010 Pan Am Games team gold medalist.
  • Steven Legendre - Port Jefferson, N.Y./Team Hilton HHonors (University of Oklahoma). 2012 U.S. Olympic Team replacement athlete; 2011 World Championships team bronze medalist.
  • Alex Naddour - Gilbert, Ariz./Team Hilton HHonors (USA Youth Fitness Center). 2012 U.S. Olympic Team replacement athlete; 2011 World Championships team bronze medalist.
  • John Orozco - Bronx, N.Y./Team Hilton HHonors (U.S. Olympic Training Center). 2012 U.S. Olympic Team member; 2011 World Championships team bronze medalist.
  • Michael Rodrigues - Livermore, Calif., acrobatic gymnastics. 2010 World mixed pair champion (with Kristin Allen), 2009 World Games mixed pair gold medalist; 2008 World mixed pair silver medalist.
  • Paul Ruggeri* - Manlius, N.Y./University of Illinois. 2011 Pan Am Games team bronze and high bar gold medalist.
  • David Sender* - Arlington Heights, Ill./Team Hilton HHonors (University of Illinois). 2009 Maccabiah Games still rings, vault and horizontal bar champion.
  • Brandon Wynn* - Voorhees, N.J./Team Hilton HHonors (Ohio State University). 2011 Pan Am Games team bronze and still rings gold medalist.

* denotes athletes who will not be performing at every stop

2012 Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions Schedule

Date City Venue
Sept. 8 San Jose, Calif. HP Pavilion
Sept. 9 Ontario, Calif. Citizens Business Bank Arena
Sept. 13 San Diego, Calif. Valley View Casino Center
Sept. 14 Glendale, Ariz. Jobing.com Arena
Sept. 15 Los Angeles, Calif STAPLES Center
Sept. 16 Anaheim, Calif. Honda Center
Sept. 20 Las Vegas, Nev. Thomas & Mack Center
Sept. 21 Sacramento, Calif. Power Balance Pavilion
Sept. 22 Portland, Ore. Rose Garden
Sept. 23 Seattle, Wash. KeyArena
Sept. 27 West Valley City, Utah Maverik Center
Sept. 29 Colorado Springs, Colo. World Arena
Sept. 30 Denver, Colo. 1stBank Center (Broomfield)
Oct. 4 Oklahoma City, Okla. Chesapeake Energy Arena
Oct. 5 San Antonio, Texas AT&T Center
Oct. 6 Dallas, Texas American Airlines Center
Oct. 7 Lubbock, Texas United Spirit Arena
Oct. 11 Minneapolis, Minn. Target Center
Oct. 12 Des Moines, Iowa Wells Fargo Arena
Oct. 13 Omaha, Neb. CenturyLink Center
Oct. 14 Chicago, Ill. United Center
Oct. 18 Kansas City, Mo. Sprint Center
Oct. 19 St. Louis, Mo. Chaifetz Arena at St. Louis University
Oct. 20 Memphis, Tenn. FedExForum
Oct. 21 Lafayette, La. Cajundome
Oct. 25 Louisville, Ky. KFC Yum! Center
Oct. 26 Charlotte, N.C. Time Warner Cable Arena
Oct. 27 Atlanta, Ga. Gwinnett Arena
Oct. 28 Tampa, Fla. Tampa Bay Times Forum
Nov. 1 Cincinnati, Ohio U.S. Bank Arena
Nov. 2 Indianapolis, Ind. Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Nov. 3 Detroit, Mich. The Palace of Auburn Hills
Nov. 4 Columbus, Ohio Schottenstein Center
Nov. 9 Philadelphia, Pa. Wells Fargo Center
Nov. 10 Newark, N.J. Prudential Center
Nov. 11 Boston, Mass. TD Garden
Nov. 15 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center
Nov. 16 Pittsburgh, Pa. Consol Energy Center
Nov. 17 Hartford, Conn. XL Center
Nov. 18 Brooklyn, N.Y. Barclays Center

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