BURBANK, Calif., Jan. 19, 2010 – USA Gymnastics and Warner Bros. Consumer Products announced today that the Supergirl brand, based on the DC Comics’ character, will be the title sponsor of the 2010 Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup, a competition for 36 of the country’s rising female gymnasts hosted by 2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin and USA Gymnastics. Proceeds from the event benefit the Nastia Liukin Fund, a charitable fund within the National Gymnastics Foundation.
“Supergirl is the ideal sponsor for this event featuring rising gymnasts,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “The Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup will showcase some of the top up-and-coming gymnasts in the country, giving athletes a unique chance to pursue their passion with independence, creativity and style.”
The Supergirl S-shield is universally recognized as an unmatched symbol of strength, leadership and female empowerment, and uniquely embodies the ideals of the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup. This special event, which celebrates the accomplishments of young, rising stars, continues the Supergirl brand’s support of today’s action sports girl and builds on the spirit of the Supergirl Jam, the industry’s only large-scale, all-girls action sports competition.
“We believe in supporting young athletes and events that allow them to demonstrate their impact on young women everywhere,” said Karen McTier, Executive Vice President of Domestic Licensing and Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “Supergirl celebrates the strength, power and skill of female athletes and Nastia represents the best of not only women’s gymnastics, but also achievement for girls of all types. Her integrity, commitment to giving back, sportsmanship and leadership embody the traits represented by the Supergirl brand.”
“I am excited about Supergirl’s involvement with the Cup,” said Liukin, who has a total of nine world and five Olympic medals to her credit. “Gymnastics is such a great sport for young women, and the lessons gymnastics teaches girls are the essence of the Supergirl brand – dedication, teamwork, self-esteem and passion for what you do. Building a partnership with USA Gymnastics and the Supergirl brand really helps solidify my vision on health, fitness and lifestyle issues that affect millions of girls.”
Pre-sale tickets for the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup are currently on sale for a limited time and available through ticketmaster.com. The password for the presale is GOLD.
To qualify for the inaugural Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup, gymnasts will be chosen from 15 invitationals that are part of the Nastia Liukin Cup Series. Each invitational will select a minimum of two athletes from their respective fields to compete in the Cup. The events participating in the NLCS are:
- CGA Parents Club Coaches Spectacular, Covington, Ky., Jan. 15-17
- Flip Fest Invitational, Knoxville, Tenn., Jan. 15-18
- Cereal City Classic, Kalamazoo, Mich., Jan. 22-24
- Rock-n-Roll Classic, Broadview Heights, Ohio, Jan. 22-24
- Parkettes Invitational, Allentown, Pa., Jan. 29-31
- Wisconsin Dells Gymnastics Vacation Classic, Wisconsin Dells, Wis., Jan. 29-31
- The Fiesta Bowl Classic, Chandler, Ariz., Feb. 5-7
- IGI Chicago Style Meet, Chicago, Ill., Feb. 12-14
- WOGA Classic, Frisco, Texas, Feb. 13-14
- Buckeye Classic, Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 19-21
- Circle of Stars, Indianapolis, Ind., Feb. 19-21
- Excalibur Cup, Virginia Beach, Va., Feb. 19-21
- Pikes Peak Cup, Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 19-21
- Presidential Classic, Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Feb 19-21
- The Long Beach Open, Long Beach, Calif., Feb. 26-28.
Gymnasts who compete in the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup will receive a Nastia Liukin-designed leotard and a warm-up from GK Elite; two tickets to the Tyson American Cup and recognition during the event; and the opportunity to meet Liukin and participate in a team photo.
The inaugural Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup is scheduled for March 5, 2010, at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass., and will be televised on Universal Sports.
Tickets for the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup may be purchased in conjunction with a ticket purchase for the Tyson American Cup. For more information, go to www.nastialiukincup.com.
About Nastia Liukin
At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Liukin’s total of five medals tied the U.S. gymnastics record for most medals in one Olympic Games, currently held by Mary Lou Retton (1984) and Shannon Miller (1992). Liukin’s medals are: gold – all-around; silver – team, balance beam and uneven bars; and bronze – floor exercise. Liukin is just the third U.S. woman to win the Olympic all-around crown. Earlier in 2008, Liukin won the all-around title at both the Tyson American Cup and the Pacific Rim Championships presented by Gillette Venus. Liukin has nine world medals to her credit: For 2008, she was named the USOC’s Co-Sportswoman of the Year, the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Individual Sportswoman of the Year and the United States Sports Academy Female Athlete of the Year. Liukin and her teammates on the 2007 U.S. Women’s World Championships Team were selected as the 2007 U.S. Olympic Committee’s Team of the Year. She was also chosen as one of 2009’s most influential women by MSN Lifestyle. Liukin is still competing and is coached by her father, Valeri, who has four Olympic medals from 1988, including two gold. She trains at WOGA.
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About the Tyson America Cup
The 2010 Tyson American Cup is one of the most prestigious international invitationals and features an all-around format. Ticket information are currently on sale, and the U.S. gymnasts who have already accepted invitations to compete in 2010 are 2009 world all-around silver-medalist Rebecca Bross; 2009 U.S. all-around champion and 2008 Olympic high bar silver-medalist Jonathan Horton; and 2009 U.S. all-around silver-medalist Tim McNeill, who was seventh in the all-around at the 2009 World Championships. The remaining U.S. woman and the international field will be announced in the near future. The list of former champions comprises some of the sport’s best-known names, including Bart Conner, Paul Hamm, Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin, Shannon Miller, Carly Patterson, Mary Lou Retton and Peter Vidmar. For more information, go to www.tysonamericancup.com.
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