Stars of the USA Gymnastics Championship visit Louisville
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The 2014 USA Gymnastics Championships comes to Louisville July 15-19.
The new event showcases the national championships for acrobatic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline/tumbling.
Acrobatic gymnastics combines the beauty of dance with the strength and agility of acrobatics.
Rhythmic gymnastics is characterized by grace, beauty and elegance combined with dance and acrobatic elements, while working with ribbons, balls, hoops, ropes and clubs in a choreographed routine to music.
Trampoline events involve athletes using trampolines that can propel them up to 30 feet in the air, during which they can perform double and triple twisting somersaults.
The five-day event will feature competition on the Junior Olympic and junior and senior elite levels for each discipline.
The competition will be held at both the Kentucky International Convention Center and the KFC Yum! Center.
Louisville has twice hosted the acrobatic gymnastics nationals, as well as the 2013 Region 4 Trampoline and Tumbling Championships.
The Louisville Sports Commission and AEG Facilities are the local partners for the event.
For the junior and senior elite levels for each discipline, the athletes will be vying for national titles.
Performances will determine berths on the junior and senior U.S. National Teams for rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline and tumbling.
Dakota Earnest, trampoline. Dakota Earnest of Plains, Texas/Acrospirits, was the alternate to the U.S Olympic Team for women's trampoline for the 2012 Olympic Games. A member of the U.S Senior National Team for trampoline and tumbling, Earnest was the trampoline bronze medalist at the 2012 national championships; 2011 Pan American Games silver medalist; and the 2011 U.S. synchronized trampoline champion and individual trampoline silver medalist.
Jazzy Kerber, rhythmic gymnastics. Jazzy Kerber of Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, is a member of the U.S Senior Rhythmic National Team who made U.S. rhythmic gymnastics history when she and Rebecca Sereda both advanced to the all-around finals at the 2013 World Championships. Kerber is the reigning hoop champion and was the silver medalist in the all-around, ball and ribbon at last year's nationals. Kerber has enjoyed international success this year, qualifying for the hoop and clubs event finals at the Lisbon World Cup. In 2012, she was second in hoop and ball and third in the all-around, clubs and ribbon at the national championships.
Alex Renkert of Indianapolis, Ind./Geist Sports Academy, tumbling and double-mini trampoline. Alex Renkert, a member of the U.S Trampoline and Tumbling National Team, was a member of the 2013 men's team that won the World double-mini team title at the World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. He also came away from the World Championships with the men's individual double-mini silver medal. Renkert also is the 2012-13 U.S. tumbling silver medalist and the 2010 U.S. double-mini silver medalist. Renkert was a member of the 2010 and 2011 World Championship Teams.
Rebecca Sereda, rhythmic gymnastics. Rebecca Sereda of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, is the current national champion in the all-around, ball, clubs and ribbon, and a member of the U.S. Senior Rhythmic Gymnastics National Team. Sereda and Jazzy Kerber made U.S. rhythmic gymnastics history when they both qualified to the all-around finals at the 2013 World Championships. Sereda has been one of the USA's best rhythmic gymnasts as a junior and senior, winning three U.S. junior all-around titles and both the 2012-13 U.S. all-around titles. As a senior, she also has two ball, two clubs, and one ribbon national titles.
Tristan Van Natta of Pendleton, Ind./Geist Sports Academy, double mini-trampoline. A member of the U.S Senior National Trampoline and Tumbling Team, Tristan Van Natta was a member of the women's squad that won the World double mini team title at the 2013 World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. She is also the 2013 U.S. double-mini silver medalist.
Acrobatic gymnastics combines the beauty of dance with the strength and agility of acrobatics. Routines are choreographed to music and consist of dance, tumbling, and partner skills. At the elite level, each pair or group performs a balance, dynamic and combined routine. Pyramids and partner holds characterize the balance routine, while synchronized tumbling and intricate flight elements define the dynamic exercise. An acrobatic gymnastics pair consists of a base and a top. A women's group is comprised of three athletes - a base, middle and top partner - while a men's group has four athletes, a base, two middle partners and one top partner.
Rhythmic gymnastics is characterized by grace, beauty and elegance combined with dance and acrobatic elements, while working with ribbons, balls, hoops, ropes and clubs in a choreographed routine to music. The choreography must cover the entire floor and contain a balance of jumps, leaps, pivots, balances and flexibility movements. Only four of the apparatus are competed each quad, and the four for 2016 are hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon. Each movement involves a high degree of athletic skill. Physical abilities needed by a rhythmic gymnast include strength, power, flexibility, agility, dexterity, endurance and hand-eye coordination.
Trampoline events involve athletes using trampolines that can propel them up to 30 feet in the air, during which they can perform double and triple twisting somersaults. Tumbling utilizes elevated rod-floor runways that enable athletes to jump at heights more than 10 feet and execute a variety of acrobatic maneuvers. For the double-mini competition, the athlete makes a short run, leaps onto a small two-level trampoline, performs an aerial maneuver and dismounts onto a landing mat. Trampoline was added to the Olympic Games in 2000, and at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the USA had its first athlete in history advance to the finals.