Progressive Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular set for Oct. 29
posted on 10/21/2011

Some of the world's best and most exciting names in gymnastics will descend on the quad cities in celebration of two of the most popular Olympic sports. The Progressive Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular, coming to the i wireless Center, Moline, Ill., on October 29, is part of the Pandora NBC Skating Series and will feature Olympic, world and national medalists in figure skating and gymnastics, including Olympic hopefuls for the London 2012 Summer Games.

Leading the cast of world-class gymnasts is 2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin, returning for her fifth appearance in the show. Liukin also earned silver medals in the team event, the uneven bars and balance beam, as well as a bronze medal in the floor exercise at the 2008 Games.

Danell Leyva, who recently won the gold medal in parallel bars and led his team to the bronze at the 2011 World Championships, will also participate. Leyva is also the 2011 national all-around champion and runner up in 2010.

Joining Leyva is Jonathon Horton, who won the silver medal on the horizontal bar and a bronze medal in the team event at the 2008 Olympic Games. He also won the 2010 bronze medal in the all-around at the World Championships. Horton claimed the U.S. all-around title in back-to-back years (2009 and 2010); he finished runner-up in the all-around competition in 2011.

Liukin, Leyva and Horton will be joined by members of the 2004 Olympic silver medal team Courtney Kupets and Courtney McCool. In addition, Chris Brooks, who finished in fourth place at the 2011 Visa Championships and was an alternate for the 2011 World Championships team, will participate.

The cast of gymnasts will join an all-star lineup of figure skaters including two-time Olympic silver medalist Elvis Stojko, 2010 Olympic bronze medalist Joannie Rochette and world champion Todd Eldredge.

Performing live during the show will also be up-and-coming singing stars Greyson Chance, Cody Simpson, Ariana Grande and Shane Harper.

NBC will tape the show for a national broadcast on January 8, 2012, and Olympic champions Bart Conner, Nadia Comaneci and Peggy Fleming will host the show live. Tickets are $25, $35, $55 and $85, available starting on Saturday, September 10 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets are available at the i wireless Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000, and online at