USA Gymnastics announced the athletes set to compete at the American Cup, to be held March 7 at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The women’s field includes the previously announced two-time World Champion Simone Biles of the United States in addition to Mykayla Skinner, who helped the United States to team gold and earned a bronze medal on vault at the 2014 World Championships. International guests include Emily Little of Australia, Ellie Black of Canada, Claudia Fragapane and Ruby Harrold of Great Britain, Erika Fasana and Vanessa Ferrari of Italy, and Jessica Lopez of Venezuela.
The men invited to compete include Sam Mikulak and Donnell Whittenburg of the United States, Arthur Oyakawa Mariano of Brazil, Jossimar Calvo of Colombia, Fabian Hambüchen of Germany, Daniel Purvis of Great Britain, Ryohei Kato and Yusuke Tanaka of Japan, and Oleg Verniaiev of Ukraine.
The American Cup is part of the FIG’s World Cup series that also included competitions in Stuttgart and Glasgow at the end of 2014. Of the decision to hold this year’s Cup at AT&T Stadium, where the Dallas Cowboys play, USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny said:
“Having just seen the showcase that college football with its first national championships was able to create at AT&T Stadium, I am even more excited about bringing the AT&T American Cup and the world’s best gymnasts to this fantastic arena. These athletes will have an unbelievable experience and a once-in-a lifetime memory.”
Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster.
Article by Lauren Hopkins