Here's the latest on American Cup from usa-gymnastics.com. (I knew it! I just knew it. Now if only they can get him on tv! After reading this, I would sooooo love to be in Chicago!)
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Feb. 12, 2009 – Fans attending the 2009 Tyson American Cup, scheduled for Feb. 21 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill., will have the opportunity to experience some fun fan activities, in addition to witnessing some of the world’s top gymnasts and rising stars competing in the prestigious international invitational. The fun begins when the doors open at 12:30 p.m. and includes the “Celebration of Champions,” which recognizes former event champions who have also won Olympic gold medals.
“Gymnastics events are great family opportunities, and we want our fans to enjoy not only the drama and excitement of high-level, international competition, but also have a fun and entertaining time,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “This year’s Tyson American Cup will have the whole gamut – interactive concourse activities, a celebration of success and incredible gymnastics.”
The fan activities scheduled at the Sears Centre Arena on Feb. 21 include the following opportunities:
“Celebration of Champions” autograph signing. Several former event champions who also won Olympic gold medals will sign autographs from 12:30-1:10 p.m. The former champions expected include Nastia Liukin, Mary Lou Retton, Kerri Strug, Stella Zakharova, Elena Zamolodchikova, Tim Daggett, Trent Dimas, Paul Hamm, Vitaly Scherbo and Peter Vidmar. These well-known gymnastics stars will also be recognized as part of the event’s opening ceremony.
Celebration of Champions
To celebrate the event’s history, USA Gymnastics is recognizing former event champions who also won Olympic gold medals. Those expected to attend the 2009 Tyson American Cup include Nastia Liukin, Mary Lou Retton, Kerri Strug, Stella Zakharova, Elena Zamolodchikova, Tim Daggett, Trent Dimas, Paul Hamm, Vitaly Scherbo and Peter Vidmar.
Many of the USA’s best-known gymnasts are both former event champions and Olympic gold medalists (years indicate event victories): women – Nastia Liukin (2005-06, 2008), Shawn Johnson (2007), Carly Patterson (2003-04), Kerri Strug (1996), Dominique Dawes (1994), Shannon Miller (1993), Mary Lou Retton (1983-85) and Julianne McNamara (1981-82); and men – Paul Hamm (2008), Trent Dimas (1991), Tim Daggett (1985), Peter Vidmar (1983-84) and Bart Conner (1976, 1981-82). Five international athletes also won both this prestigious event and Olympic gold medals during their careers: women – Romania’s Nadia Comaneci (1976), Russia’s Stella Zakharova (1979) and Elena Zamolodchikova (2001); and men – Japan’s Mitsuo Tsukahara (1977) and Belarus’ Vitaly Scherbo (1993-94).