HDNet to Broadcast 2002 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships
posted on 07/09/2002

Indianapolis - HDNet, the only national television network to broadcast entirely in high-definition format, will provide live coverage of the 2002 Rhythmic World Championships, Sunday, July 14, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. EST. The competition runs from July 12-14 in New Orleans, La., at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.


"USA Gymnastics is excited to partner with HDNet to increase awareness of rhythmic gymnastics across the country," said Bob Colarossi, President of USA Gymnastics. "I'm confident that HDNet's strong background in covering sporting events will ensure a successful broadcast of the 2002 Rhythmic World Championships."

"With the beauty and grace of rhythmic gymnastics, this event is an excellent opportunity to showcase the incredible viewing experience that only high definition television can provide," said Mark Cuban, co-founder and president of HDNet. "We are pleased to add the 2002 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships to our programming line-up.v

DIRECTV subscribers can watch HDNet on Channel 199, while others can log on to www.hd.net to find out where they can watch HDNet broadcasts in their area.

HDNet provides the largest selection of high-definition sports and entertainment programming in the United States. HDNet broadcast NBC's HDTV coverage of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, including the Opening and Closing ceremonies, figure skating, speed skating, ski jumping, and hockey.

Up to 25 nations are expected to contend for the title of world champion at the Rhythmic World Championships in New Orleans. 2000 Olympic medalists Russia, Belarus, and Greece are expected to compete, along with a strong United States team that recently won the silver medal in the ribbon competition at the Tournament of Iliana in Sofia, Bulgaria. 2002 marks the first time that the Rhythmic World Championships have ever been hosted in the U.S.

Known for beauty, grace and precision, rhythmic gymnastics is always a crowd pleaser. Group rhythmic, which will be contested at these championships, is judged by the ability of five athletes to work together as a unit in a synchronized and harmonious manner while demonstrating a high level of difficulty. Events contested at the 2002 Rhythmic World Championships will be 5 Ribbons and 3 Ropes/2 Balls.