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The 2022 Winter Cup Presented by OZONE and TURN kicks off Friday, February 25
posted on 02/22/2022

FRISCO, Texas, February 18, 2022 - The first national elite gymnastics meet of 2022 will get underway Friday, February 25, at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas, as the Winter Cup Presented by OZONE and TURN kicks off a domestic competition slate set to culminate with the U.S. Gymnastics Championships August 18-21 in Tampa, Fla. The Winter Cup will once again feature both men's and women's divisions across three days of competition and will be accompanied by the annual Elite Team Cup Presented by TURN and Nastia Liukin Cup, which feature some of the top emerging talent in the country.

The U.S. men will name a new Senior National Team following the competition, and Winter Cup performances will help determine international selection for several upcoming events, including multiple men's artistic World Cup stops and the 2022 DTB Pokol Mixed Cup and Team Challenge in Stuttgart, Germany. Winter Cup is also a qualifying event for the 2022 U.S. Gymnastics Championships, which serve as the annual national championships for artistic gymnastics in the United States.

Men's competition

World bronze medalist and 2020 Olympian Yul Moldauer (Wellington, Colo./5280 Gymnastics) headlines a relatively young field of up-and-coming gymnasts. Fellow World team members Alex Diab (Glen Ellyn, Ill./United States Olympic and Paralympic Training Center, 2021) and Colin Van Wicklen (Spring, Texas/University of Oklahoma, 2018) will look to build on their past success, while several college stars, including Senior National Team members Vitaliy Guimaraes (Arvada, Colo./University of Oklahoma), Ian Gunther (Houston, Texas/Stanford University), Paul Juda (Deerfield, Ill./University of Michigan) and Riley Loos (El Dorado Hills, Calif./Stanford University) are hoping to make their mark at this early juncture in the year.

They will be joined by the next generation of U.S. men's gymnasts. All members of the Senior Development Team - Taylor Burkhart (Morrison, Colo./Stanford Boys Gymnastics), Dallas Hale (Frisco, Texas/Cypress Academy of Gymnastics), Joey Pepe (Peoria, Ariz./University of Nebraska), Colt Walker (Cedar Park, Texas/Stanford University) and Khoi Young (Bowie, Md./Stanford University) - will be in action, while Junior National Team members Asher Hong (Tomball, Texas/Cypress Academy of Gymnastics), Toby Liang (Roswell, Ga./Roswell Gymnastics), Caleb Melton (Woodbridge, Va./Apollo Gymnastics), Cole Partridge (Bountiful, Utah/USA Gymnastics World), Fred Richard (Stoughton, Mass./Massachusetts Elite Gymnastics Academy) and Ignacio Yockers (Tulsa, Okla./Pride Gymnastics Academy) are set to make their senior debuts.

Senior men will lead off Winter Cup competition Friday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m. ET with the men's senior all-around title at stake. Apparatus champions will be crowned Sunday, February 27 at 6:30 p.m. ET based on combined two-day scores. The top Elite Team Cup performers from Saturday's competition will join their senior counterparts for the men's Day 2 session on Sunday, as junior individual event titles will also be up for grabs. The top-five senior all-around finishers on Day 1 of competition will earn automatic selection to the U.S. Men's National Team. The full team will be announced in the days following Winter Cup.

Women's competition

Senior National Team members Ciena Alipio (San Jose, Calif./Midwest Gymnastics Center), Skye Blakely (Frisco, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics), Addison Fatta (Wrightsville, Pa./Prestige Gymnastics), eMjae Frazier (Erial, N.J./Parkettes National Gymnastics Center), Konnor McClain (Cross Lanes, W.Va./WOGA Gymnastics) and Zoe Miller (Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre) lead a field full of young and ambitious talent. Frazier and McClain are fresh off of their first World Championships appearances last fall. Meanwhile, Junior Pan American all-around gold and silver medalists Katelyn Jong (Allen, Texas/Metroplex Gymnastics) and Kailin Chio (Las Vegas, Nev./Gymcats Gymnastics), who led the U.S. to team gold at the inaugural event in November, are slated to make their senior debuts. Dallas-area natives Blakely and Jong are sure to be crowd favorites for the event.

On the junior women's side, 2021 Winter Cup all-around champion Ella Kate Parker (West Monroe, La./Cincinnati Gymnastics) will be back in action, as will the remaining Junior Pan American Games team gold medalists Madray Johnson (Dallas, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics) and Tiana Sumanasekera (Pleasanton, Calif./West Valley Gymnastics School). They'll be joined by fellow Junior National Team members Avery King (Dallas, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics) and Gabby Van Frayen (Lewis Center, Ohio/Gym X-Treme).

The women's senior competition, which will determine all-around and event champions, will kick off Saturday, February 26 at 1 p.m. ET. Juniors will compete Sunday at 1 p.m. ET with all-around and apparatus titles on the line. The top-three all-around finishers in each division will automatically qualify to represent the U.S. at the 2022 DTB Pokol Mixed Cup and Team Challenge March 18-20 in Stuttgart, Germany. Winter Cup performances will also help determine the remaining team members for the event.

How to watch

Live coverage on the NBC family of networks begins Friday, February 25 on the Olympic Channel with the Nastia Liukin Cup from 2:30-5 p.m. ET and the men's Day 1 competition from 7:30-10 p.m. ET. NBC will broadcast the women's senior competition on Saturday, February 26 from 1-3 p.m., and CNBC will re-air the men's Day 1 session from 4-6 p.m. ET on Saturday. The Elite Team Cup Saturday, February 26 from 6:30-10 p.m. ET and both Winter Cup sessions on Sunday, February 27 will be livestreamed exclusively on FlipNow Powered by USA Gymnastics. The junior women's competition will air Sunday from 1-3 p.m. ET followed by the men's Day 2 session from 6:30-9 p.m. ET.

Podium training for each Winter Cup division, as well as the Nastia Liukin Cup and Elite Team Cup, will be livestreamed free on USA Gymnastics' YouTube channel. The podium training schedule is available below. All times are eastern.

  • Nastia Liukin Cup - Thursday, February 24, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.: WATCH
  • Winter Cup senior men - Thursday, February 24, 2:30-5 p.m.: WATCH
  • Elite Team Cup - Thursday, February 24, 5-8 p.m.: WATCH
  • Winter Cup senior women - Friday, February 25, 10 a.m. - noon: WATCH
  • Winter Cup junior women - Saturday, February 26, 8:30-11 a.m.: WATCH
Who's competing

Multiple Olympic and World Championships team members will be in action at the 2022 Winter Cup. The full list of participating athletes is below. Gymnasts are listed alphabetically by state.

Men's division - updated 2/22

Arizona
Raydel Gamboa, Phoenix, Ariz./University of Oklahoma
Joey Pepe, Peoria, Ariz./University of Nebraska (scratched)

California
Jeremy Bischoff, Canyon Country, Calif./Stanford University
Isaiah Drake, Los Angeles, Calif./United States Naval Academy
Riley Loos, El Dorado Hills, Calif./Stanford University

Colorado
Taylor Burkhart, Morrison, Colo./Stanford Boys Gymnastics
Vitaliy Guimaraes, Arvada, Colo./University of Oklahoma
Yul Moldauer, Wellington, Colo./5280 Gymnastics

Georgia
Toby Liang, Roswell, Ga./Roswell Gymnastics

Florida
Crew Bold, Delray Beach, Fla./University of Michigan
Mathew Davis, Hilliard, Fla./Army West Point

Illinois
Alex Diab, Glen Ellyn, Ill./United States Olympic and Paralympic Training Center
Paul Juda, Deerfield, Ill./University of Michigan
Curran Phillips, Naperville, Ill./Stanford University

Iowa
James Friedman, Iowa City, Iowa/Iowa GymACT

Massachusetts
Matt Cormier, Milton, Mass./Penn State University
Ian Lasic-Ellis, Dover, Mass./Stanford University
Fred Richard, Stoughton, Mass./Massachusetts Elite Gymnastics Academy

Michigan
Landen Blixt, Fowlerville, Mich./Infinity Gymnastics Academy
Michael Jaroh, Northville, Mich./Penn State University

Maryland
Khoi Young, Bowie, Md./Stanford University

New Hampshire
Mike Fletcher, Nashua, N.H./University of Illinois

New Jersey
Evan Hymanson, Morganville, N.J./Stanford Boys Gymnastics

North Carolina
David Willett, High Point, N.C./University of Michigan

Oklahoma
Ignacio Yockers, Tulsa, Okla./Pride Gymnastics Academy

Texas
Michael Artlip, Bellaire, Texas/Penn State University
Fuzzy Benas, Richmond, Texas/University of Oklahoma
Evan Davis, Houston, Texas/Iowa GymACT
Jack Freeman, Palestine, Texas/University of Oklahoma
Ian Gunther, Houston, Texas/Stanford University
Dallas Hale, Frisco, Texas/Cypress Academy of Gymnastics
Asher Hong, Tomball, Texas/Cypress Academy of Gymnastics
Noah Newfeld, Plano, Texas/University of California - Berkeley
Zachary Nunez, Houston, Texas/University of Oklahoma
Blake Sun, San Antonio, Texas/Stanford University
Colin Van Wicklen, Spring, Texas/University of Oklahoma
Colt Walker, Cedar Park, Texas/University of Stanford

Utah
Cole Partridge, Bountiful, Utah/USA Gymnastics World

Virginia
Kazuki Hayashi, Fairfax, Va./Ohio State University
Caleb Melton, Woodbridge, Va./Apollo Gymnastics

Washington
Garrett Braunton, Olympia, Wash./United States Air Force Academy
Nicolas Kuebler, Seattle, Wash./Stanford University

Wisconsin
Robert Neff, Brookfield, Wis./United States Olympic and Paralympic Training Center


 

Women's division - updated 2/22

California
Ciena Alipio, San Jose, Calif./Midwest Gymnastics Center
Myli Lew, Belmont, Calif./San Mateo Gymnastics
Nola Matthews, Gilroy, Calif./Airborne Gymnastics Training Center
Tiana Sumanasekera, Pleasanton, Calif./West Valley Gymnastics School

Florida
Charlotte Booth, Clermont, Fla./Brandy Johnson's Global Gymnastics

Kansas
Amelia Disidore, Overland Park, Kan./Great American Gymnastics Express

Louisiana
Ella Kate Parker, West Monroe, La./Cincinnati Gymnastics

Maryland
Azaraya Ra-Akbar, Columbia, Md./World Class Gymnastics
Audrey Snyder, Annapolis, Md./First State Gymnastics
Sydney Snyder, Annapolis, Md./First State Gymnastics

Minnesota
Levi Jung-Ruivivar, Maple Grove, Minn./Twin City Twisters
Elle Mueller, Ham Lake, Minn./Twin City Twisters

Missouri
Eveylynn Lowe, Blue Springs, Mo./Great American Gymnastics Express
Annalisa Milton, Lee's Summit, Mo./Great American Gymnastics Express
Malea Milton, Lee's Summit, Mo./Great American Gymnastics Express
Marissa Neal, Blue Springs, Mo./Great American Gymnastics Express

Nebraska
Lexi Zeiss, Omaha, Neb./Twin City Twisters

Nevada
Kailin Chio, Las Vegas, Nev./Gymcats Gymnastics (scratched)

New Jersey
eMjae Frazier, Erial, N.J./Parkettes National Gymnastics Training Center

New York
Kieryn Finnell, Pittsford, N.Y./Rochester Gymnastics Academy

North Carolina
Kaylen Morgan, Huntersville, N.C./Everest Gymnastics

Ohio
Gabby Van Frayen, Lewis Center, Ohio/Gym X-Treme

Oregon
Brooke Pierson, Canby, Ore./WOGA Gymnastics

Pennsylvania
Nicole Desmond, Wind Gap, Pa./First State Gymnastics
Skylar Draser, Breinigsville, Pa./Parkettes National Gymnastics Center
Addison Fatta, Wrightsville, Pa./Prestige Gymnastics

Texas
Sydney Barros, Lewisville, Texas/World Champions Centre
Skye Blakely, Frisco, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics
Adriana Consoli, Pearland, Texas/Pearland Elite
Karis German, Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre
Madray Johnson, Dallas, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics
Katelyn Jong, Allen, Texas/Metroplex Gymnastics
Avery King, Dallas, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics
Kaliya Lincoln, Frisco, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics
Taylor McMahon, Flower Mound, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics
Zoe Miller, Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre
Zoey Molomo, Frisco, Texas/Metroplex Gymnastics
Ella Murphy, Frisco, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics
Claire Pease, Sunnyvale, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics
Michelle Pineda, Allen, Texas/Metroplex Gymnastics
Camryn Richardson, Pearland, Texas/Pearland Elite
Hezly Rivera, Plano, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics
Joscelyn Roberson, Texarkana, Texas/North East Texas Elite Gymnastics
Katelyn Rosen, Boerne, Texas/Twin City Twisters
Ashlee Sullivan, Richardson, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics
Alicia Zhou, San Antonio, Texas/Love Gymnastics

Washington
Jayla Hang, Bellevue, Wash./Ascend Gymnastics Center
Simone Rose, Sammamish, Wash./Ascend Gymnastics Center

West Virginia
Konnor McClain, Cross Lanes, W.Va./WOGA Gymnastics