Winter Cup is first U.S. men’s event to use new scoring system
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The nation’s top male gymnasts will make their annual trek to Las Vegas for the 2006 Winter Cup Challenge, Feb. 2-4, to vie for the 14 spots on the Men’s Senior National Team. This year’s event, held at the Sports Center Arena, has a new twist. The Winter Cup Challenge is the first U.S. men’s event to use the new scoring system adopted by the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) last year.
- 2004 Olympic silver-medalist Jason Gatson of Mesa, Ariz./Team Chevron;
- 2005 U.S. all-around champion Todd Thornton of Pearland, Texas/Team Chevron;
- Guillermo Alvarez of Denver, Colo./Team Chevron, the floor exercise champion at the 2005 Visa Championships;
- D.J. Bucher of Mason, Ohio/Ohio State University, the parallel bars gold medalist at the 2005 Visa Championships;
- Sean Golden of Houston/Houston Gymnastics Academy, the still rings and vault champion at the 2005 Visa Championships;
- Justin Spring of Champaign, Ill./University of Illinois, the horizontal bar titlist at the 2005 Visa Championships;
- Yewki Tomita of Tucson, Ariz./Team Chevron, the pommel horse champion at the 2005 Visa Championships;
- Raj Bhavsar of Houston/Team Chevron, the alternate for the 2004 U.S. Men’s Olympic Gymnastics Team;
- David Durante of Garwood, N.J./Team Chevron, who was third in the Visa Championships’ all-around; and
- David Sender of Arlington Heights, Ill./Stanford University, who was second in the all-around, floor exercise and vault at the 2005 Visa Championships.
The 84-man field, which includes juniors and seniors, will be released closer to the event.
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