2007 Visa Championships single-session tickets go on sale June 18
posted on 06/18/2007
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., June 18, 2007 Acaa Single-session tickets for the 2007 Visa Championships, Aug. 15-18 in San Jose, Calif., go on sale Monday, June 18, at 10 a.m. PT. Single-session tickets range from $10-$65 for artistic gymnastics and $15-$20 for rhythmic gymnastics and acrobatic gymnastics.
 
Visa Championships tickets for men's and women's artistic and rhythmic/acrobatic gymnastics are available at the HP Pavilion at San Jose Ticket Office; all Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone at (408) 998-TIXS; or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Visa is the only card accepted for the Visa Championships and the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. For USA Gymnastics’ other events, Visa is the preferred method of payment.
 
The U.S. champions for men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics and acrobatic gymnastics are determined at the Visa Championships, gymnastics’ national championships. Artistic gymnastics will be held at the HP Pavilion at San Jose, and rhythmic and acrobatic gymnastics are set for the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. The USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show, held in conjunction with the Visa Championships, will also be at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.
 
“This year’s competition is shaping up to be one of the best ever,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “The competition among these athletes will be fierce, both for the right to represent the United States at the 2007 Worlds and to position themselves as front-runners for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team. There is a great deal at stake in San Jose this summer at the Visa Championships.”
“The Visa Championships are a cornerstone of Visa’s commitment to helping USA Gymnastics field the very best teams possible for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games,” said Michael Lynch, senior vice president, Visa USA. "We’re thrilled to have America’s top gymnasts competing for the national championship right here in our own backyard.”
At the HP Pavilion at San Jose, the artistic gymnastics competition schedule for the Visa Championships is: Wednesday, Aug. 15 – 1 p.m., junior men’s all-around and event finals, and 7 p.m., senior men’s first day of competition; Thursday, Aug. 16 – 1 p.m., junior women’s first day of competition, and 7 p.m., senior women’s first day of competition; Friday, Aug. 17 – 7 p.m., senior men’s final day of competition; and Saturday, Aug. 18 – 1 p.m., junior women’s final day of competition, and 6 p.m., senior women’s final day of competition. NBC Sports is broadcasting action from the women’s competition on a same weekend, tape-delayed basis during prime time. Coverage from the men’s competition airs later.
 
The schedule for rhythmic and acrobatic gymnastics at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center is: Thursday, Aug. 16 – 9:30 a.m., junior rhythmic gymnastics all-around competition, and 2:30 p.m., senior rhythmic all-around competition; Friday, Aug. 17 – 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., acrobatic gymnastics; and Saturday, Aug. 1810 a.m., rhythmic gymnastics (individual event) and acrobatic gymnastics finals. 
 
In 2006, Nastia Liukin of Parker, Texas/WOGA, and Alexander Artemev of Morrison, Colo./Team Chevron, joined an impressive list of gymnasts who have earned the coveted title of U.S. all-around champion. Some of the sport’s biggest names are former all-around champions, including Carly Patterson, Courtney Kupets, Shannon Miller, Dominique Dawes, Kim Zmeskal and Mary Lou Retton for the women and Paul Hamm, Blaine Wilson, John Roethlisberger, Mitch Gaylord, Peter Vidmar and Bart Conner for the men.
 
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