ONTARIO, Calif., Sept. 7, 2012 — The 11-day rehearsal period for the Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions wrapped up today in Ontario, Calif., with three final rehearsals, a media sneak peek and plenty of action. Unlike any event gymnastics fans have seen, the Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions combines gymnastics skills with choreography, athletics with art.
A show full of color, action and the top gymnasts in the United States was fine-tuned at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. From there, the athletes embark on the Kellogg’s Tour, which officially begins on Saturday in San Jose, Calif., the site of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials—Gymnastics.
"This tour is a lot different than the previous tour I was on,” said Nastia Liukin, who was part of the Tour’s creative team and has nine World and five Olympic career medals.. “Being on the creative team has been really fun for me – I’ve gotten to see it all come together from ground zero to being ready for our first performance tomorrow. The styles are so different. We go from a hip hop routine to a beautiful lyrical number on the beam. I think it’s so cool that you don’t know what to expect next."
The cast roster includes: The Fierce Five – Gabrielle Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Alexandra Raisman, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber; 2012 Olympians Jake Dalton, Steven Gluckstein, Jonathan Horton, John Orozco, Savannah Vinsant and Julie Zetlin; 2008 Olympic all-around champion Liukin; 2008 Olympic silver medalists Jonathan Horton, Chellsie Memmel and Alicia Sacramone; and World medalists Kristin Allen, Rebecca Bross, Steven Legendre, Alex Naddour, Michael Rodrigues, Sabrina Vega and Brandon Wynn. Due to athletes’ schedules and personal commitments, the cast will vary from stop to stop. For a complete cast list, go to www.kelloggstour.com. 1996 Olympian John Macready and 2004 Olympian Mary Sanders are also part of the Kellogg’s Tour. The cast of gymnastics champions will be joined by local gymnasts at each tour stop.
"I’m so excited for the Kellogg’s Tour,” said Horton, who competed in both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. “It’s a once in a lifetime experience with a great cast and something our fans won’t want to miss."
"The rehearsals have been going so well,” said Douglas, who won the 2012 all-around title. “It’s so exciting to be getting ready to put on this show and give our fans something they’ve never seen from us before."
During the Kellogg’s Tour, young fans can make their own great starts at the Kellogg’s Fitness and Nutrition Zone at each of the 40 tour stops. The zone will feature activities which will help increase strength, flexibility and cardiovascular stamina. Kids can have fun and gain knowledge about the importance of fitness by participating in some of the same activities as their gymnastics idols. Fans can also learn about the athletes’ inspirational beginnings through a series of online “Start Story” videos that follow their journeys which can be viewed at Kelloggs.com/teamusa.
Tickets may be purchased through the venues hosting the Kellogg’s Tour across the country. Ticket prices range from $25-$240 and vary by market and seat location. Platinum and Gold VIP Packages are available in most markets and include special athlete access and a commemorative gold medal. A complete schedule for the Kellogg’s Tour is listed below, but to find the stop nearest you and order tickets, please visit www.KelloggsTour.com.
It also will be easy to follow your favorite gymnasts and the tour: online, kelloggstour.com; Facebook, USAGymnastics; and Twitter, #kelloggstour and @usagym. Visit Facebook.com/Kelloggs to find out more about the Power of Breakfast and find the Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions stop nearest you.
The Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions is produced by USA Gymnastics in partnership with AEG Facilities. Kellogg Company is the exclusive title sponsor, and Procter & Gamble, Hilton HHonors and AT&T are official supporting partners. American Athletic, Inc., and GK Elite are official suppliers.
Kellogg’s has been helping people start their day right for more than 100 years, believing great starts, both big and small, create the potential for great days, every day.