Led by three-time World all-around champion Simone Biles of Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre, eight women who have won World or Olympic gold medals are expected to participate in next weekend’s Secret U.S. Classic, scheduled for June 4 at Hartford, Conn.’s XL Center. In addition to Biles, Olympic champions Gabby Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va./Buckeye Gymnastics, and Aly Raisman of Needham, Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics, have registered to compete.
The Secret U.S. Classic, which has athletes competing on the junior and senior levels, serves as the last opportunity for female gymnasts to qualify for the P&G Women’s Championships in St. Louis (June 24 and 26), as well as a tune-up for many of the country’s top women leading into their national championships.
In addition to Biles, Raisman and Douglas, five women in the field have claimed World Championships gold medals: Alyssa Baumann of Plano, Texas/WOGA; Brenna Dowell of Odessa, Mo./Great American Gymnastics Express; Madison Kocian of Dallas/WOGA; Ashton Locklear of Hamlet, N.C./Everest Gymnastics; and MyKayla Skinner of Gilbert, Ariz./Desert Lights.
Single-session tickets range from $13 to $65, plus applicable fees; prices vary according to competition session and location. Multi-session ticket packages, which range from $55-$105, and all-session ticket packages, which include tickets for all five sessions and range from $105-$150, are still available. Tickets can be purchased online at XLCenter.com, by phone at 877-522-8499 or at the XL Center Box Office. For Group Sales information, please contact email@example.com or call 860-548-2000. For more information, go to hartford2016.com.
The competition schedule is: Secret U.S. Classic – June 4 at 1 p.m. for juniors and 7 p.m. for seniors. The Hopes Championships, which features young, aspiring female gymnasts, is held concurrently with the Secret U.S. Classic and is scheduled for June 3 at 2:30 p.m.
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