USA Gymnastics has awarded Louisville, Kentucky, the 2014 USA Gymnastics Championships, a new event that showcases the national championships for acrobatic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline/tumbling. Scheduled for July 15–19, the event will feature competition on the junior Olympic and junior and senior elite levels for each discipline. The competition will be held at the Kentucky International Convention Center and the KFC Yum! Center.
“We appreciate the support we have received from the highest level of Louisville’s leadership—the mayor, the Louisville Sports Commission, AEG Facilities and others,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “Louisville’s experience in handling major events and its ability to build this type of partnership are critical when a city is hosting an event of this nature. We are confident that Louisville will be the perfect city to debut this championship event, which is designed to have something for everyone.”
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.
“Hosting the national championships for three gymnastics disciplines during a five-day span represents enormous opportunity and responsibility,” said Karl Schmitt, the Louisville Sports Commission executive director. “Louisville will be highly energized when more than 2,000 athletes, coaches and officials, along with their families and friends, visit us for a week in July 2014. We appreciate USA Gymnastics selecting Louisville as a host city for an event of this magnitude and are confident that the local partnership comprised of AEG, the Sports Commission, the Convention & Visitors Bureau and Kentucky State Fair Board—along with our local community—will create a tremendous experience for the athletes, families and fans.”