Chicago hosts final women's qualifier for Visa Championships
posted on 02/28/2012

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Feb. 28, 2012 — For the third straight year, Chicago will host the final qualifying event for women's gymnastics for the Visa Championships, which determines which gymnasts advance to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials – Gymnastics. Formerly known as the CoverGirl Classic, the Secret U.S. Classic, which features some of the USA's top female gymnasts, is scheduled for May 26 at the University of Illinois-Chicago campus' Pavilion. Tickets will go on sale on March 3 at 12 p.m. CT.

The Secret U.S. Classic is sponsored by Procter & Gamble's Secret Clinical Strength Antiperspirant/Deodorant. Title sponsorship of the Secret U.S. Classic is part of P&G's overall sponsorship of USA Gymnastics.

"This year's competition promises to be a great event," said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. "Many of the country's top gymnasts will use the event as a final tune-up for the Visa Championships, while other gymnasts are hoping to qualify for it. We welcome Secret as the new title sponsor for the event. We hope a lot of gymnastics fans will come to the Pavilion and cheer on these young women when the road for qualifying for London makes a stop in Chicago."

"We are excited to continue our sponsorship with USA Gymnastics," said David Palmer, head of Global Sports Marketing for Procter & Gamble. "A sponsorship such as this enables our brands to further integrate into the lives of our consumers and sponsored athletes."

P&G's overall sponsorship also includes support of the U.S. Women's National Team; presenting sponsorship of the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions; television inventory on USA Gymnastics event broadcasts; and onsite presence at USA Gymnastics' premier events (the AT&T American Cup, Visa Championships and Kellogg's Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships). Secret will also conduct grassroots sampling through gymnastics clubs; programs and promotions for USA Gymnastics membership, including sweepstakes, discounts, coupons, etc.; and integrated exposure in USA Gymnastics' publications and website.

"This sponsorship is a natural fit for Secret Clinical Strength," said John Sebastian, associate marketing director for Secret. "As a brand that champions fearless women, we are proud to stand behind these gymnasts as they tackle the next step in their journey to the Olympic Games this summer. Secret Clinical Strength has prescription strength protection designed with athletes like these incredible gymnasts in mind."

Three price levels are available for both single-session and full-day tickets. Full-day tickets, which include admission to both the junior and senior elite sessions, are $60, $50 and $40, including facility fees. Single session tickets are $30, $25 and $20 for the junior session, and $40, $30 and $25 for the senior session, including facility fees. Tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster at, by phone at 800.745.3000, and at all Ticketmaster outlets. In recognition of Visa's long-time support of USA Gymnastics, Visa is the preferred method of payment.

USA Gymnastics is partnering with World Sport Chicago to bring the Secret U.S. Classic to Chicago. The two organizations worked together on the 2009 American Cup, the 2009-10 Chicago Cup and the 2010-11 CoverGirl Classic.

The May 26 competition schedule is 11:30 a.m. for the junior session and 5 p.m. for the senior session. All times are Central. The U.S. Challenge is held in conjunction with the Secret U.S. Classic on May 25.

The 2012 Visa Championships, USA Gymnastics' national championships, are June 7-10 in St. Louis, Mo., and performances determine which athletes advance to the U.S. Olympic Trials, June 28-July 1, in San Jose, Calif. The U.S. champions for men's and women's artistic gymnastics are determined at the Visa Championships. For complete information on the Visa Championships, log on to

Background information

  • UIC Pavilion. Located on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago--just minutes from Downtown. The UIC Pavilion is one of the Midwest's finest arenas. In its brief history, it has hosted many special or one-of-a-kind programs. The UIC Pavilion hosts concerts, UIC sports, boxing, meetings, festivals, and corporate, civic, and cultural events. The UIC Pavilion is a 10,000-seat multi-purpose arena, located at 525 S. Racine Street Chicago IL, 60607.

  • World Sport Chicago. World Sport Chicago, the legacy of Chicago's 2016 Olympic bid, believes that sport has the power to transform lives and is dedicated to helping children in Chicago find a sport to meet their interests and abilities. The organization promotes the Olympic ideals of fitness, education and well-being by working with partner organizations to launch or expand sport programs for kids. WSC is working to introduce Chicago's youth to the fun and benefit of sports and the ideals of fair play, teamwork, respect and leadership.

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