Zamarripa competes May 10-11th

Do you miss Vanessa already?

UCLA seniors Vanessa Zamarripa and Alyssa Pritchett have not hung up their leotards and grips just yet. The duo will compete in the Pro Gymnastics Challenge on May 10-11 at Lehigh University’s Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pa. The event will be televised on ESPN2 May 20-22 as part of a three-part series.

The PGC is a skill-for-skill competition with mixed teams of men and women.

On May 10, mixed international teams will compete in the “No Borders Competition”. The event concludes on May 11 with a USA vs. the World skill-for-skill battle. Events to be contested are tumbling; parallel bars and uneven bars; vault; rings and balance beam; rope; and high bar and single rail.

Competitors include Olympians Chellsie Memmel, Jonathan Horton and Jake Dalton, and team coaches include Olympic gold medalists Nastia Liukin and Svetlana Boguinskaia. …

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UPDATE:

The World:

Females: Laura-Ann Chong, Anna Pavlova, Jessica Lopez, Oksana Chusovitina, Jade Barbosa, Lisa Mason, Nathalia Sanchez, Marissa King

Males: Sam Oldham, Andrew Smith, Alexander Shatilov, Marcel Nguyen, Petrix Barbosa, Nathan Gafuik, Tommy Ramos

The USA:

Females: Chellsie Memmel, Jana Bieger, Kat Ding, Alyssa Pritchett, Vanessa Zamarripa, Shayla Worley, Alina Weinstein, Ashanee Dickerson

Males: Jonathan Horton, Paul Ruggeri, Brandon Wynn, Jake Dalton, Steve Legendre, Alex Naddour, Jesse Silverstein, Josh Dixon, Chris Brooks

Pro Gymnastics Challenge – official website

related – Vanessa is one of four finalists for the Honda Award 2013. The other three are Rheagan Courville from LSU, Bridget Sloan from Florida and Alina Weinstein from Illinois.

4 comments ↓

#1 USA FIG Judge on 04.25.13 at 10:41 am

Coach Rick, what are your thoughts on the format of the PGC? Do you think that sort of format has a better chance of increasing gymnastics’ popularity during non-Olympic years? And how do you think it compares to the head-to-head bracket system in men’s NCAA that debuted this year?

#2 coach Rick on 04.25.13 at 12:39 pm

I’ve been talking personally to the organizers. They are very seriously committed to making it work.

The format this year will be more engaging to the general TV audience, I think.

Individual skills one-on-one will be even better than routines, I’m thinking.

If successful, perhaps the competition can go on the road for a series of meets.

#3 casie on 04.25.13 at 1:22 pm

I can see this definitely catching on in that b-boy/b-girl battle sort of way.

#4 Ono No Komachi on 04.26.13 at 12:57 am

I like it because it gives gymnasts a chance to earn money. I’m all for anything that does that. I’m sure it will be entertaining, because any gymnastics is entertaining (even Zou Kai). So you can see my bar is set pretty low.

Most sports that people cannot bet on, get drunk watching, or particpate in themselves on some level are not and will never be hugely popular during non Olympic years.

I’ll take that back if someone can give me one counterexample.

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