Dating back to the 1980s, the U.S. Classic is an important stop on USA Gymnastics’ annual premier competition slate, and this year’s event is bigger and better than ever. For the first time, the U.S. Classic will welcome junior and senior men’s divisions in addition to the traditional junior and senior women’s categories. Multiple Olympians and World medalists are expected to compete.
What: USA Gymnastics’ 2022 U.S. Classic & Hopes Championships
When: July 28-31
Where: Maverik Center, West Valley City, Utah
Event information: www.usagymclassic.com
About the U.S. Classic
The U.S. Classic is one of three annual USA Gymnastics premier events showcasing the top artistic gymnasts in the country. Among those anticipated to compete in 2022 are Olympians Brody Malone, Yul Moldauer and Shane Wiskus, 2021 pommel horse World champion Stephen Nedoroscik, 2021 World all-around silver medalist Leanne Wong, and up-and-comer Konnor McClain, who has pocketed all-around titles at the 2022 Winter Cup and City of Jesolo Trophy competitions so far this year.
The competition serves as the final opportunity for gymnasts to qualify to the upcoming U.S. Gymnastics Championships, which will determine all-around and individual national champions for the 2022 season, while athletes who are already qualified may use the event as a last tune-up before nationals. Past junior and senior champions include Olympic gold medalists Simone Biles, Amanda Borden, Dominique Dawes, Laurie Hernandez, Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin, Carly Patterson, Jaycie Phelps, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber, among others.
The Hopes Championships, a national-level competition for female athletes in the 11-12 and 13-14-year-old age divisions, will be held July 28 in conjunction with the event.
Ties to Utah
Red Rocks Kara Eaker, Grace McCallum, and MyKayla Skinner were all featured in the 2021 U.S. Classic line up. The trio of U.S. National Team members will take part in an exclusive autograph session for fans Saturday, July 30 from 3-4:30 p.m. along with Utah teammates – and former U.S. Classic competitors – Jaylene Gilstrap, Maile O’Keefe and Abby Paulson. Like many Utah gymnasts who have come before them, the next generation of Red Rocks may be in action at this year’s U.S. Classic.
About USA Gymnastics
Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States, overseeing six disciplines: acrobatic, artistic, gymnastics for all, parkour, rhythmic, and trampoline and tumbling. A member of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and International Gymnastics Federation, the organization serves more than 200,000 members, including athletes from the beginner to elite levels, parents, coaches, clubs and club owners, and supports the U.S. teams for the Olympic Games, World Championships, and other top-tier international events. USA Gymnastics is committed to delivering top-quality education, actively growing the sport across all levels and disciplines, and providing safe, positive and empowering experiences for all participants. For more on USA Gymnastics, visit www.usagym.org. To watch live and on-demand USA Gymnastics coverage, visit flipnow.tv.
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