INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 14, 2018 – USA Gymnastics announced today that Reno, Nev., will play host to the 2018 Stars and Stripes Championships, July 20-22, at the Reno Events Center. The three-day competition showcases the nation’s top Levels 5-7 trampoline and tumbling gymnasts.
“We are thrilled to bring the Stars and Stripes Championships to Reno for the first time,” said Jacqui Godfrey, director of trampoline and tumbling for USA Gymnastics. “The Reno Events Center is the perfect venue for this event, and I know that our athletes and their families will enjoy the great atmosphere and fun activities that the city has to offer.”
“As a destination, Reno Tahoe is thrilled to welcome the USA Gymnastics Stars and Stripes Championships this summer,” said RSCVA Director of Sports Development Shelli Fine. “We are grateful that USA Gymnastics has given us the opportunity to host such a prestigious competition.”
Formerly known as trampoline and tumbling’s Levels 5-7 Championships, the event will feature competition in men’s and women’s trampoline, tumbling and double mini-trampoline in various age groups. Reno Tahoe USA is the local host for the event. More details on the championships will be released in the near future.
Trampoline events involve athletes using trampolines that can propel them up to 30 feet in the air, during which they can perform double, triple and quadruple twisting somersaults. Tumbling utilizes elevated rod-floor runways that enable athletes to jump at heights more than 10 feet and execute a variety of acrobatic maneuvers. For the double-mini competition, the athlete makes a short run, leaps onto a small two-level trampoline, performs an aerial maneuver and dismounts onto a landing mat. Trampoline was added to the Olympic Games in 2000, and at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the USA had its first athlete in history advance to the finals.
Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. Its mission is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in the sport. Its disciplines include men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics and Gymnastics for All (formerly known as group gymnastics). For more complete information, log on to www.usagym.org.