United States Gymnastics | U.S. Gymnastics Championships to return to Des Moines in 2022


INDIANAPOLIS, November 1, 2021 – The United States Gymnastics Championships will return to the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines in 2022. The competition will be held June 21-26 and will be held at the main event center of installation, Wells Fargo Arena and Hy-Vee Hall. The annual event, which serves as the developmental and elite-level national championships for USA Gymnastics’ acrobatic, rhythmic, trampoline and tumbling disciplines, was last held in the city in 2019.

“Over 1,500 athletes from our acro, rhythm and T&T disciplines compete in this combined national championship event each year,” said Stefanie Korepin, USA Gymnastics Program Manager. “The United States Gymnastics Championships offer athletes who compete at the level of development of our sport the opportunity to perform in the same space as Olympians and World Champions. We look forward to welcoming them back to Des Moines in 2022. ”

In addition to naming the 2022 National Champions in the acro, rhythm, trampoline and tumbling disciplines, performances at the United States Gymnastics Championships will help determine the composition of the United States National Team. The event will also serve as the final of three T&T competitions used for international selection in 2022.

“We are delighted to once again host the US Gymnastics Championships in Des Moines in 2022,” said Greg Edwards, President and CEO of Catch Des Moines. “We love to partner with USA Gymnastics to provide top notch facilities for some of the best athletes in the country while showcasing the vibrant metro we have in Grand Des Moines.”

The United States Gymnastics Championships were first held in 2014 at KFC Yum! Center and the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky. Previous locations include St. Louis’ The Dome at America’s Center (2021), Iowa Events Center (2019), Greensboro (NC) Coliseum Complex (2015, 2018), Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin ‘Donuts Center (2016), and BMO Harris Bradley Center and Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee (2017). For more information on the United States Gymnastics Championships, please visit usagymchamps.com.

About acrobatic, rhythmic, trampoline and tumbling disciplines

Acrobatic gymnastics combines the beauty of dance with the strength and agility of acrobatics. The routines are choreographed to music and consist of dancing, tumbling and partner skills. At the elite level, each pair or group performs a balanced, dynamic and combined routine. Pyramids and partner holds characterize the balance routine, while synchronized tumbling and complex flight elements define the dynamic exercise. A pair of acrobatic gymnastics consists of a base and a top. A female group consists of three athletes occupying the base, middle and top positions, and a male group consists of four athletes – a single base and a top position and two gymnasts occupying the middle position.

Rhythmic gymnastics is characterized by grace, beauty and elegance combined with elements of dance and acrobatics, while working with the apparatus in a choreographed routine set to music. The five apparatuses used in rhythmic gymnastics are the rope, the hoop, the ball, the clubs and the ribbon. Rhythmic gymnasts can compete individually or in groups. The choreography should cover the entire floor with complex handling of apparatus, dance combinations, jumps, jumps, rotations and difficulty with balance. Each movement involves a high degree of athletic skill. The physical abilities necessary for a rhythmic gymnast include strength, power, flexibility, agility, dexterity, endurance, and hand-eye coordination. The Rhythmic Gymnastics Individual All-Around was added to the Olympic program in 1984 and the group competition followed in 1996.

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 somersaults. The tumbling uses elevated ground tracks that allow athletes to jump to heights of over 10 feet and perform a variety of acrobatic maneuvers. For the double mini competition, the athlete performs a short run, jumps on a small two-level trampoline, performs an aerial maneuver and descends on a landing mat. The trampoline was added to the Olympics in 2000.

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