FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Cup CII
2013 American Cup
Worcester (USA), March 2, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS (USA) – LAUSANNE (SUI), FIG Office, January 24, 2013: Japan’s Hiroki Ishikawa and Koko Tsurumi, and Canada’s Victoria Moors join 2012 Olympic medalists Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo, Calif./Gym-Max, Danell Leyva of Miami/Team Hilton HHonors (Universal Gymnastics), and Marcel Nguyen of Germany at the 2013 American Cup, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. ET on March 2 at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. (USA).
The USA’s Elizabeth Price of Coopersburg, Pa./Parkettes, has withdrawn from the competition due to a strained hip muscle, and the second U.S. woman will be named following a training camp in February. Romania’s Larissa Iordache has also withdrawn from the competition. Her replacement will be named in the near future.
The American Cup, a part of the International Gymnastics Federation's all-around World Cup series, kicks off the road to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the field features many of the top athletes from last summer's Olympic Games in London.
Tsurumi finished seventh in the uneven bars final at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and is the 2009 World all-around bronze medalist. Moors was a member of the Canadian Olympic team in London that finished fifth, making history as Canada’s first team to advance to the team final. Ishikawa, who finished 10th at the 2012 Japanese national championships, competed at the 2011 Maribor World Cup, finishing seventh and eighth on the parallel bars and still rings, respectively.
Ross returns to international competition for the first time since contributing solid uneven bars and balance beam routines to The Fierce FiveSM's historic team gold medal win in London. At the U.S. Olympic Trials – Gymnastics, Ross tied for the highest uneven bars score and for third on the balance beam.
The women’s field also includes two top 10 finishers from the 2012 Olympic all-around finals, namely Italy's Vanessa Ferrari, the 2006 World all-around champion, and Asuka Teramoto of Japan, who finished seventh and eighth in London, respectively. Germany's Elisabeth Seitz, who finished sixth on the uneven bars at the 2012 Olympics, will also compete.
Leyva has enjoyed considerable success over the past two seasons. Leyva, the 2011 U.S. all-around and World parallel bars champion, won the 2012 American Cup and earned the highest all-around score at the U.S. Olympic Trials, which guaranteed him a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team. At the Olympics, Leyva won the bronze medal in the all-around. Olympic teammate Jake Dalton of Reno, Nev./University of Oklahoma, will also represent Team USA. Dalton competed in the team and floor exercise finals in London. In 2012, he won the U.S. titles in both the floor exercise and vault, and won six medals at the NCAA Championships – all-around and parallel bars gold medals, team and floor exercise silver medals, and still rings and horizontal bar bronze medals. Both Leyva and Dalton were members of the U.S. Team that won the team bronze medal at the 2011 World Championships.
Nguyen won the all-around silver medal at the Olympic Games and finished his 2012 competitive year by winning two of the FIG’s all-around World Cup events. In addition, three men who finished in the top 12 in the all-around at the Olympic Games have confirmed their participation: Kristian Thomas of Great Britain (seventh); Sergio Sasaki of Brazil (10th); and Oleg Verniaiev of Ukraine (11th). Two-time Olympian Jorge Hugo Giraldo Lopez of Colombia is also participating.
The American Cup format has a field of eight men and eight women, and the invitations to compete are based on the all-around standings from the 2012 Olympic Games.
Tickets for the American Cup range in price from $39.50-$150 and may be purchased by phone at 800-745-3000; online at www.ticketmaster.com; at all Ticketmaster outlets; through participating gym clubs; or at the DCU Center Ticket Office. Ticket prices include facility fees and taxes but do not include convenience fees.
The American Cup, one of the most prestigious international invitationals, features many of the world's top all-around gymnasts. The reigning champions are Jordyn Wieber of DeWitt, Mich./Gedderts' Twistars USA, who was a member of The Fierce Five (2012 Olympic team champion), and Leyva. The American Cup was held in Worcester in 2010 when Rebecca Bross of Plano, Texas/WOGA, won the women's title and Russia's Maxim Devyatovskiy took top honors for the men.
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, Peter Vidmar, Leyva and Wieber.
Past sites for the American Cup include: New York City (1976-80, 1982-84, 2004, 2008, 2012); Ft. Worth Texas (1981, 1996-98); Indianapolis, Ind. (1985); Fairfax, Va. (1986-90, 2003); Orlando, Fla. (1991-94, 2000-02); Seattle, Wash. (1995); St. Petersburg, Fla. (1999); Uniondale, N.Y. (2005); Philadelphia (2006); Jacksonville, Fla. (2007, 2011); Hoffman Estates, Ill. (2009); and Worcester, Mass. (2010, 2013).
(Source: USA Gymnastics)
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About 2012 / 2013 FIG Artistic Gymnastics All-around World Cup Series
The 2012 / 2013 FIG All-around World Cup Series in Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics includes five World Cups over the period of two years.
With stopovers on three continents, World Cup competitions of this series took place on March 3 in New York (USA), December 1 – 2 in Stuttgart (GER) and December 8 in Glasgow (GBR) in 2012, before turning to Worcester (USA) on March 2, 2013, and concluding in Tokyo (JPN) on April 6 – 7, 2013.
The All-around World Cups feature a single final round. Invitation is based on the CII rankings from the previous World Championships / Olympic Games and limited to eight gymnasts plus one wild card from the organising member federation, with a maximum of two entries per country.
World Ranking lists will be established for men and women, with the best three results per gymnast counting for the total ranking. The top scorers will be crowned the winners of the overall series at the ultimate event of the series.
Consult the 2012 / 2013 Rules for the FIG All-around World Cup Series in Artistic Gymnastics for more details.