INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 1, 2016 – USA Gymnastics has selected the sites for 2017’s three Junior Olympic championship events for women’s gymnastics:
* U.S. Junior Olympic National Championships ~ Indianapolis, Ind.
* Junior Olympic Level 9 Eastern Championships ~ Lansing, Mich.
* Junior Olympic Level 9 Western Championships ~ Boise, Idaho.
The Junior Olympics is USA Gymnastics’ age-group, developmental program, and these three events feature the country’s top female gymnasts for Levels 9 and 10.
“We look forward to staging the championship events in these three cities next year, and we encourage fans to come out and support these outstanding athletes,” said Rhonda Faehn, senior vice-president of women’s gymnastics for USA Gymnastics.
The U.S. Junior Olympic National Championships is the culmination of the competitive season for Level 10, the highest Junior Olympic skill level that is just below the elite level. The Eastern and Western Championships serve as the pinnacle for Level 9. More details for each of the championship events are outlined below.
Numerous Junior Olympic champions and medalists have gone on to make the U.S. National Team and represent the United States in international competition and/or to compete in collegiate gymnastics. Many of the country’s top gymnasts are former participants in the Junior Olympic program, including 2012 Olympic team champions Jordyn Wieber and Kyla Ross, 2009 World vault champion Kayla Williams, 2008 Olympic team silver-medalists Shawn Johnson and Samantha Peszek, and 2004 Olympic team silver-medalist Courtney McCool, to name a few.
Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. Its mission is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in the sport. Its disciplines include men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics, and group gymnastics. For more information, visit www.usagym.org.