The 2012 Kellogg’s Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships come to Everett’s Comcast Arena this weekend. Held every two years, the Pacific Rim Championships rank as one of the sport’s premier international events.
• U.S. men shine: Americans take the all-around team title.
• Dreams in motion: A look at the Pacific Rim Championships through the eyes of a young gymnast.
• Change and challenges: A former gymnastics teacher has seen a revolution in the sport.
• USA dominates early: The women’s team gets off to a fast start, and the rhythmic gymnastics team takes the team title.
• Big day for fans: 2004 Olympic gold medalist Carly Patterson gives local fans a thrill.
• Big sacrifices: Katelyn Ohashi of Newcastle has given up a lot to pursue her gymnastics dreams.
• ‘Relentless’: All-around world champion Jordyn Wieber maximizes her talent.
• What to expect: 8 things to watch at the gymnastics events.
• Olympic dreams are within sight: Jake Dalton sees championships as a chance to prove he deserves a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.
• Event could inspire the next great gymnast: Brett McClure, Snohomish County’s most decorated gymnast, traces his interest in the sport to the 1990 Goodwill Games in Seattle.
• Julie Zetlin eyes a medal: An Olympic medal would be a first for U.S. rhythmic gymnastics.
• Judges get butterflies: It takes tough skin to be an international gymnastics judge. Usually figuratively, sometimes literally.
• Meet the U.S. competitors: Some of the names to watch this weekend.
• History of the Pacific Rim Championships: The event has been held since 2004.
• Athletes to watch: Some of the best-known and most accomplished competitors who will be in Everett.
When: Friday through Sunday. Competition starts at 10 a.m. on Friday, 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday.
Who: The Pacific Rim Championships feature gymnasts from 17 Pacific Rim countries: Australia, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Philippines, Russia, Thailand and the United States.
Format: Artistic and rhythmic gymnastics will have team, all-around and individual event competitions for both juniors and seniors. Trampoline has both men’s and women’s competitions.
Tickets: Single-session tickets range from $15 to $65, and all-session tickets range from $110 to $250 (including facility fees), and may be purchased at the Comcast Arena box office; by phone at 866-332-8499; online through www.comcastarenaeverett.com; or through participating area gymnastics clubs. In recognition of Visa’s long-time support of USA Gymnastics, Visa is the preferred method of payment. For more information, go to www.usagym.org/events.
Television: NBC will carry coverage from the Pacific Rim Championships at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Source: USA Gymnastics