RICHMOND, B.C., Canada, April 11, 2014 – Six U.S. juniors will compete in the junior individual event finals today at the 2014 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships at the Richmond (B.C., Canada) Olympic Oval. Men’s and women’s gymnastics wraps up tomorrow evening with the senior event finals. Fans will be able to follow all of the action via a live webstream available here. Competition begins at 9 p.m. ET.
Marty Strech of Fountain Valley, Calif./Azarian U.S. Gymnastics Training Center, will compete in five events: floor exercise, still rings, vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar. Alec Yoder of Indianapolis, Ind./InterActive Academy, advanced to four finals: pommel horse, still rings, vault and horizontal bar. Davis Grooms of Katy, Texas/Champions Gymnastics, made the finals for pommel horse and parallel bars and is the first reserve athlete for floor exercise.
Bailie Key of Montgomery, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics, will compete in all four junior event finals. Nia Dennis of Westerville, Ohio/Buckeye Gymnastics, will compete in the vault and floor junior finals, and Norah Flatley of Cumming, Iowa/Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance, earned a trip to the uneven bars and balance beam finals.
For the seniors, John Orozco of the Bronx, N.Y./Team Hilton HHonors (U.S. Olympic Training Center), qualified for the finals in floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings, parallel bars and horizontal bar. Alex Naddour of Gilbert, Ariz./Team Hilton Honors (USA Youth Fitness Center), advanced for the pommel horse and still rings finals, and is a reserve athlete for floor exercise and parallel bars. Chris Brooks of Houston/Team Hilton HHonors (Cypress Gymnastics), qualified the horizontal bar final, but withdrew due to his strained Achilles.
Elizabeth Price of Coopersburg, Pa., and Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo, Calif./Gym-Max, will both compete in the finals for the uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise.
The remaining competition schedule is listed below, and each of these sessions will have a live webstream, provided by ViaSport Productions in partnership with Gymnastics BC and Gymnastics Canada, that has a separate feed for each apparatus. ViaSport also plans to archive each participant’s routines. The legend for the abbreviations used below is: WAG=women’s artistic gymnastics; MAG=men’s artistic gymnastics; RG-rhythmic gymnastics; TG=trampoline. The USA is competing in women’s gymnastics, men’s gymnastics and rhythmic gymnastics.
Friday, April 11
- 6-9 p.m. - TG: Individual & team, team awards
- 6-9:30 p.m. - MAG & WAG: Junior event finals & awards
Saturday, April 12
- 9 a.m.-1 p.m. - RG: junior and senior event finals & awards
- 2:30 p.m.-6 p.m. - MAG & WAG: senior event finals & awards; TG: finals & awards
In addition to the United States, the countries participating are: Australia, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, Philippines and Singapore.
Tickets are still available for the championships with some sessions sold-out or with limited availability. All tickets can be purchased on line at www.pacificrimchamps.eventbrite.com.
The 2014 Pacific Rim Championships are hosted by Gymnastics Canada and Gymnastics BC. The Pacific Rim Championships (known as the Pacific Alliance Championship until 2008) were last held in Canada in 2002 in Burnaby. Recent hosts include Honolulu in 2004 and 2006; San Jose, Calif., in 2008; Melbourne, Australia, in 2010; and Everett, Wash., in 2012. At the past four summer Olympics, Pacific Rim countries have combined for a total of 101 gymnastics Olympic medals including 37 gold. For more detailed information, go to www.pacificrimchamps.com.
The webstream is provided by ViaSport Productions. ViaSport Productions is the catalyst behind increasing the exposure, recognition and power of amateur-level sport across British Columbia. As the broadcast arm of ViaSport, the organization responsible for the growth and development of BC's amateur sport sector, the goal driving ViaSport Productions is to bring a range of online sport programming – live-streamed event coverage, interviews, commentary and more – into every home across the province. Share your event with the world: apply to have your event live-streamed by ViaSport Productions. Visit www.viasport.ca/viasport-productions to learn more.