2011 AT&T American Cup includes fun activities for the whole family
posted on 02/22/2011

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 22, 2011 Acaa 2010 World vault champion Alicia Sacramone and 2005 world all-around champion Chellsie Memmel, both members of the 2008 U.S. Olympic silver medal team, will be signing autographs as part of the family activities held prior to the start of the 2011 AT&T American Cup, an International Gymnastics Federation World Cup event scheduled for March 5 at Jacksonville's (Fla.) Veterans Memorial Arena. Opening ceremonies for the AT&T American Cup begin at 11:15 a.m., with doors opening at 10 a.m.

In addition to watching world-class gymnastics, several fun opportunities exist at the AT&T American Cup.

  • Autographs, product sampling and merchandise Acaa Sacramone, who has nine career world medals, will be signing autographs on the concourse in the Procter &Gamble area. Other booths on the concourse include AT&T, event merchandise, Shannon Miller Lifestyle, International Gymnastics Camp, Jumptwist Music, Inc., and USA Gymnastics Open Championships.

  • Fitness zone Acaa Kids can participate in the USA Gymnastics interactive fitness zone, which is staged in the concourse. Participants learn the fundamentals of fitness (cardiovascular conditioning, strength and flexibility), how to do a handstand, and receive an autograph from Memmel, who has six career world medals.

  • 1996 Olympic Team Celebration Acaa A 15th anniversary celebration of the 1996 U.S. Women's Olympic Team's winning the Olympic team title is part of the activities surrounding the AT&T American Cup. Jacksonville's Shannon Miller will be joined by five of her 1996 Olympic teammates Acaa Amanda Borden, Amy Chow, Dominique Moceanu, Jaycie Phelps and Kerri Strug Acaa to celebrate their achievement. In 1996, the U.S. Women's Team won the United States' first Olympic team gold medal. A limited number of VIP packages are available that include VIP seats, pre-event hospitality, an autographed poster, and the opportunity to meet Miller and other Olympians. To learn more about this package, visit www.shannonmillerlifestyle.com. To order this package, visit www.ticketmaster.com.

  • Mobile website Acaa The mobile version of www.attamericancup.com is a great way for fans to keep up with the latest news on the event, regardless of where they are. The mobile site provides a quick and easy way to check event information, follow the news, watch videos, and during the event, follow live scoring and quick hits on the routines.

  • In-arena fun and giveaways Acaa Olympian John Macready revs up the crowd with fun interactive activities and tossing tee-shirts into the crowd.

  • WGYM Acaa To help fans follow the action and understand the ins and outs of international gymnastics, 2007 U.S. all-around champion and 2008 Olympic alternate David Durante and Memmel will provide expert commentary on WGYM, USA Gymnastics' in-house radio program. Radios are free with an event program purchase.

This year's AT&T American Cup boasts an impressive field that features many of the world's top gymnasts. 2010 World all-around bronze-medalist Jonathan Horton of Houston and 2010 World all-around finalist Alexandra Raisman of Needham, Mass., will represent the USA. 2010 World all-around champion Aliya Mustafina of Russia and 2010 World all-around silver-medalist Philipp Boy of Germany are expected to compete. The 2011 AT&T American Cup field of 16 includes 10 World medalists who earned 17 World medals, and seven 2008 Olympians.

On sale now, tickets range from $29.50 to $100 and may be purchased through Ticketmaster by phone at 800-745-3000; online at www.ticketmaster.com; at all Ticketmaster outlets; through participating gym clubs; or at the Veterans Memorial Arena Box Office. Visa is the preferred method of payment.

For only the second time in the event's history, the AT&T American Cup is part of the FIG's World Cup series and the first of four all-around World Cup events in 2011. The other three all-around World Cup events are in Glasgow, Scotland; Stuttgart, Germany; and Tokyo, Japan. In accordance with the World Cup regulations, the gymnasts are invited based on performances at the 2010 World Championships.

The Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup, which features 36 of the country's rising young gymnasts, will be staged on March 4 at 7 p.m. A minimum of two gymnasts from each of the 17 invitationals in the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup Series advanced to the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup. Event proceeds benefit the Nastia Liukin Fund, which is part of the National Gymnastics Foundation. General admission tickets for the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup are $25 except for AT&T American Cup ticket holders, who may purchase them for $5 through participating gymnastics clubs (listed at www.nastialiukinsupergirlcup.com). Regular-priced tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster by phone at 800-745-3000; online at www.ticketmaster.com; at all Ticketmaster outlets; or at the Veterans Memorial Arena Box Office. Visa is the preferred method of payment.

The Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena was also the site for the 2007 American Cup, 1985 U.S. Championships and the 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic Trials. JEDC Sports and Entertainment is USA Gymnastics' local partner for the event.

The list of former American Cup all-around gold medalists includes many of the best-known and loved names in gymnastics: men Acaa Jonathan Horton, Fabian Hambuechen (Germany), Jason Gatson, Blaine Wilson, John Roethlisberger, Vitaly Scherbo (Belarus), Tim Daggett, Peter Vidmar, Mitsuo Tsukahara (Japan), Kurt Thomas and Bart Conner; and women Acaa Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin, Carly Patterson, Elena Zamolodchikova (Russia), Kerri Strug, Dominique Dawes, Shannon Miller, Kim Zmeskal, Kristie Phillips, Mary Lou Retton, Julianne McNamara, Stella Zakarova (USSR) and Nadia Comaneci (Romania). In 2005, the American Cup was a World Cup event and its format named individual event champions; the USA's Alexander Artemev, Alicia Sacramone, Chellsie Memmel and Liukin won gold medals.

The American Cup was first held in 1976. Past sites include: New York City (1976-80, 1982-84, 2004, 2008); Ft. Worth Texas (1981, 1996-98); Indianapolis, Ind. (1985); Fairfax, Va. (1986-90, 2003); Orlando, Fla. (1991-94, 2000-02); Seattle, Wash. (1995); St. Petersburg, Fla. (1999); Uniondale, N.Y. (2005); Philadelphia (2006); Jacksonville (2007, 2011); Hoffman Estates, Ill. (2009); and Worcester, Mass. (2010).

Background information

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JEDC Sports & Entertainment. The JEDC Sports & Entertainment office enhances the region's economy by attracting special events and sports organizations to the First Coast and actively promotes the facilities owned by the City of Jacksonville while serving as an in-house event production, marketing and advertising agency for regional sporting events. For more information, please visit www.jaxdevelopment.org.

Shannon Miller. Miller is the most decorated American gymnast, male or female, in history, having won more Olympic and World Championship medals than any other American gymnast. She has earned seven Olympic medals and nine World Championships medals since her elite international debut in 1990. Her tally of five medals (two silver, three bronze) at the 1992 Olympic Games was the most medals won by a U.S. athlete in Barcelona, Spain. During her career, Miller won 58 international and 49 national competition medals, more than half of which were gold. A member of two U.S. Olympic Teams, she was part of the "Magnificent Seven," the first U.S. women's gymnastics team to win an Olympic team gold medal, at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. She also became the first American gymnast to win an individual gold medal on the balance beam in 1996. Miller is a member of seven halls of fame, including the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame, International Women's Sports Hall of Fame and the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. Miller received a bachelor's degree in marketing and entrepreneurship from the University of Houston and a law degree from Boston College. In 2007, she began the Shannon Miller Foundation, which is dedicated to fighting childhood obesity. She recently launched Shannon Miller Lifestyle, a website and line of books and videos dedicated to health and fitness for women. Miller was named to the Florida Sports Foundation Board of Directors in 2008 and was appointed co-chair of the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness in 2007. She is married and has one son.

Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup. The Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup is scheduled for March 4, 2011, at the Veterans Memorial Arena, the evening prior to the prestigious AT&T American Cup. A minimum of two gymnasts will advance to the Cup from the 17 invitationals included in the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup Series. This is the event's second year, and proceeds will benefit the Nastia Liukin Fund, part of the National Gymnastics Fund. For more information, go to www.nastialiukinsupergirlcup.com.