2016 Olympian Nicole Ahsinger of Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express, and 2012 Olympian Savannah (Vinsant) Thompson of Scott, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express, headline the field that includes four World medalists and five defending senior champions for the 2018 USA Gymnastics Championships, the national championships for acrobatic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, and trampoline and tumbling. Scheduled for July 3-7 at the Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum Complex, the competition includes both Junior Olympic and elite levels and is one of the national championships held annually by USA Gymnastics. The junior competition also includes qualifying for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, scheduled for October in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The World medalists, listed alphabetically, expected to compete in Greensboro are below.
Paige Howard of San Juan Capistrano, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics: 2015 double mini-trampoline team bronze.
Kristle Lowell of Orland Park, Ill./Morgan Park Sports Center: 2015 double-mini team bronze; 2013 double-mini individual and team gold; and 2011 double-mini team bronze.
Alex Renkert of Columbus, Ohio/Integrity Athletics: 2017 double-mini team silver; 2015 double-mini team silver and tumbling team bronze; and 2013 double-mini team gold and individual silver.
Tristan Van Natta of Hilliard, Ohio/Integrity Athletics: 2015 double-mini team bronze; and 2013 double-mini team gold.
For the junior and senior elite levels for each discipline, the athletes will vie for national titles. Performances in Greensboro also will determine berths on the junior and senior U.S. National Teams for acrobatic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline and tumbling. For rhythmic gymnastics and women’s trampoline, the competition will be part of the selection process for the 2018 World Championships and Youth Olympic Games. The Junior Olympic division has several different levels, and national titles will be awarded for each level and age group for each discipline.
Evening session tickets at the Greensboro Coliseum are: July 5 and 6, $35; and July 7, $40. The all-session pass, which grants access to all sessions, is $95. A $35, single-day pass will be available onsite on competition days. Advance tickets may be purchased at the Greensboro Coliseum Box Office, ticketmaster.com or charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000.