INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., June 1, 2012 – In conjunction with the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials – Gymnastics, San Jose, Calif., will host the 2012 USA Gymnastics Championships for rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline at the San Jose Convention Center on June 26-27. For men’s and women’s trampoline, this competition serves as the third of three selection events to determine which man and woman will represent the USA in trampoline at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Tickets are on sale now.
Rhythmic gymnastics will have competition for both junior and senior levels to determine the U.S. champions in the all-around and individual events (ball, ribbon, clubs and hoop), as well as the junior and senior national teams. Julie Zetlin of Bethesda, Md./Capital Rhythmics, who will represent the United States in rhythmic gymnastics at the 2012 Olympic Games, is expected to attend, along with the USA’s other top rhythmic gymnasts Jazzy Kerber of Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center; Polina Kozitskiy of Fountainville, Pa./Philadelphia Rhythmic Academy; Alexis Page of New York City/Aviator Sports and Recreation; and Rebecca Sereda of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora.
For trampoline, the competition will feature men’s and women’s senior elite trampoline and synchronized trampoline. In addition to determining the U.S. champions for those events, the competition is the third of three events where athletes earn points based on their performances toward selection for the 2012 Olympic Team in trampoline. Only two of the three competitions count toward the final ranking, dropping the lowest points. The other two events are the U.S. Elite Challenge, March 30-April 1; and the Stars and Stripes Cup, May 11-13. The man and woman who will represent the USA in trampoline in London, pending approval by the U.S. Olympic Committee, will be announced at the conclusion of the event.
The championship schedule is: June 26 – rhythmic gymnastics all-around preliminaries and individual event finals, juniors at 9 a.m. and seniors at 3 p.m., and men’s and women’s trampoline preliminaries, 7 p.m.; and June 27 – men’s and women’s synchronized trampoline prelims and finals, 10:45 a.m., rhythmic gymnastics all around finals at 12 p.m., and men’s and women’s trampoline finals at 7 p.m.
Seating for both events will be general admission. Three ticket options are available: June 26 – an all-day, all-session ticket includes both the junior and senior rhythmic individual event finals and the men’s and women’s trampoline preliminary session for $29, including facility fees; June 27 – the junior and senior rhythmic gymnastics all-around finals and the men’s and women’s synchronized trampoline preliminaries and finals for $29, including facility fees; and June 27 -men’s and women’s trampoline finals for $35, including facility fees.
Tickets for both the USA Gymnastics Championships for rhythmic and trampoline and the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials – Gymnastics are available through ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, and at all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets for the Trials are also available at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office. In recognition of Visa’s long-time support, USA Gymnastics is proud to accept only Visa at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials – Gymnastics, along with cash.
The 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials – Gymnastics features men’s and women’s gymnastics and will be held at the HP Pavilion at San Jose, June 28-July 1. The USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show will also be staged in conjunction with the Trials. For more information and details on the ticket packages, go to www.sanjose2012.com.
Premier gymnastics and the Olympic Movement are not new to San Jose. In addition to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, the city has hosted the 2007 Visa Championships, the 2008 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships, 2009 U.S. Trampoline and Tumbling Junior Olympic Championships, 2011 U.S. Acrobatic Gymnastics National Championships, 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline, and post-Olympic gymnastics tour stops. In addition, the U.S. Olympic Committee processed the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team in San Jose before heading to Beijing. San Jose also played host to the 2003 Titan Games, produced in partnership with the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Locally, the Trials efforts are headed by the San Jose Sports Authority and HP Pavilion and include support from the City of San Jose, San Jose Hotels, Inc., and the San Jose Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
The U.S. Olympic Trials for all sports is a collaborative, three-way partnership between the U.S. Olympic Committee, the National Governing Bodies and the Local Organizing Committees.
Past venues for the U.S. Olympic Trials for gymnastics include: 2008, Philadelphia, Pa.; 2004, Anaheim, Calif.; 1996 and 2000, Boston; and 1992, Baltimore, Md.
San Jose Convention Center. The San Jose Convention Center offers plenty of versatile space: 143,000 square feet of column-free exhibit space; room for 1,000 10′ x 10′ booths; a 22,000-square-foot ballroom; 100,000 square feet of pre-function space; 31 meeting rooms with capacities from 50 to 2,400 in theater-style seating; and banquet seating and kitchen facilities for 5,000. The convention center was the site for the 2007 USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show and the rhythmic gymnastics competition for the 2007 Visa Championships.
San Jose Sports Authority. The San Jose Sports Authority is a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase the City of San Jose’s economic development, visibility and civic pride through sports. Serving as the City’s sports commission since its inception in 1991, the Sports Authority has provided leadership and support to attract and host hundreds of sporting events in San Jose and the South Bay. The Sports Authority also supports and operates community, youth and amateur sports programs, including the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame, The First Tee of San Jose, and the REACH Youth Scholarship Program. To learn more, visit www.sjsa.org.