Pittsburgh picked to host 2014 U.S. Gymnastics Championships
By John Grupp
Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 11:18 a.m.
The City of Champions is getting something else to flip about.
Pittsburgh will host the 2014 U.S. Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center, bringing the sport's most important annual event to the region for the Aug. 21-24 competition.
“This is the Super Bowl of our sport,” said Steve Penny, president and CEO of USA Gymnastics. “We take our partnership with the host very, very seriously, not just the building, but the city. Pittsburgh has been floating around our edges for quite a while.”
Penny, dressed in a No. 14 Penguins jersey atop a shirt and necktie, said he is impressed with Pittsburgh's economic development, strong sports fan base and the investment required to build the 19,758-seat home of the Penguins.
It will be the first major gymnastics competition to be held in Pittsburgh. The championships haven't been showcased in Pennsylvania since 2001 and only three previous times since 1973. Penny said the four-day event will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network.
The nationals are used as part of the selection process for the U.S. Team for the World Championships; Many of the same gymnasts will be aiming for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
This year's nationals will be Aug. 15-18 at XL Center in Hartford, Conn.
Staff writer Jeremy Boren contributed. John Grupp is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @JohnGrupp_Trib.
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