USA Gymnastics Special Olympics Championships set for May 4
posted on 05/03/2013

MARIETTA, Ga., May 3, 2013 – The third annual USA Gymnastics Special Olympics Championships are scheduled for May 4 at the Cobb County Gymnastics Center in Marietta, Ga. The annual national event features competition in artistic gymnastics (men, women and unified), rhythmic gymnastics (individual, group and unified), and TeamGym.

The competition schedule is: 8 a.m., rhythmic (levels 3 & 4) and men's (all levels) gymnastics; 10 a.m., rhythmic (level 2) and women's (Level 1) gymnastics; 11:45 a.m., TeamGym; 12:45 p.m., rhythmic (Level 1) and women's (Levels 2 and 3) gymnastics; 3:15 p.m., rhythmic (Levels A and B) and women's (Levels A, B and 4); and 5:30 p.m., gala that includes a team march-in.

The artistic competition is for skill Levels A, B, 1, 2, 3 and 4, with rhythmic gymnastics for Levels A, B, 1, 2, 3 and 4. Competition includes both individual and Unified gymnasts. A Unified gymnast is a partner without intellectual disabilities who will compete the same routine as the Special Olympics athlete, and the pair's scores will be combined for a team total. For rhythmic group, there are an equal number of Special Olympics athletes and Unified partners in each group.

TeamGym is a competitive version of group gymnastics that features squads of athletes performing together in two events – group floor exercise and group jump. TeamGym may have both Unified partners and Special Olympics athletes.

For more information, please go to usagym.org/specialolympics. Men's and women's gymnastics and rhythmic gymnastics will follow Special Olympics rules, while TeamGym will use USA Gymnastics rules.

The USA Gymnastics Special Olympics Championships is hosted locally by Chattooga Gymnastics, Special Olympics Georgia and Cobb County Special Olympics Gymnastics Team. Procter & Gamble provided a variety of products to the athletes, coaches, judges and moms. A sponsor of USA Gymnastics, P&G is one of Special Olympics' longstanding partners and has supported the movement for more than 32 years.

Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect worldwide. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown from a few hundred athletes to more than 3.7 million athletes in over 170 countries in all regions of the world, providing year-round sports training, athletic competition and other related programs. Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy and friendship. Visit Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org. Engage with us on: Twitter @specialolympics; fb.com/specialolympics; youtube.com/specialolympicshq, and specialolympicsblog.wordpress.com.


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