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AUG 2017

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Page 42 of 67 August 2017 43 t SPORT Report Championships but this year marks the first time Anaheim has welcomed the P&G Gymnastics Championships," said Roy Edmondson, vice president of sports development for Visit Anaheim. "We look forward to welcoming 30,000-plus guests throughout the course of the event." Cincinnati, Ohio, has been selected as the site for the U.S. Junior Olympic National Championships for women's gymnastics in May 2018. The event is expected to draw up to 1,500 attendees to the city, said Cincinnati USA Sports Commission Executive Director Leslie Spencer, and the city is thrilled to host USA Gymnastics once again. Cincinnati hosted the U.S. Junior Olympic National Championships for men's gymnastics twice in the last seven years and that's one of the many reasons Spencer believes they won the bid for women's gymnastics. "Cincinnati is a really easy destination to get to, as about 60 percent of USA Gymnastics' membership can drive to Cincinnati," she said. "We also have a real- ly strong gymnastics base here. We have many successful gymnastics clubs in our region and they get actively involved." To make each gymnastics event a suc- cess, board members believe their ability and willingness to work together is key. "I believe part of Cincinnati's success in hosting these events over the last few years is because of our collaborative nature," said Jackie Reau, board chair for the Cincinnati USA Sports Commission. "The sports commission works closely with event rights holders, from the bidding process to the on-site process, as well as the CVB and city partners like the facility, hotels and restaurants. We all come together to make sure that when people are here, they are having a really great experience." The Greensboro Area CVB (N.C.) is also in the midst of working with USA Gymnastics to bring the 2018 Atlantic Coast Tumbling and Trampoline Invitational to Greensboro—an event it hosted last year as well—and the 2018 USA Gymnastics Jr. Olympic National Championships for women's gymnastics. The CVB is relying on its committed cus- tomer service to ensure both events exceed all expectations. "Our Southern hospitality and amount of volunteers that it takes to put on events, large or small, is something that our community really prides itself on while groups are in town," said Amy Scott of the CVB. "We want them to enjoy their stay, utilize our hospitality and take in all of the wonderful amenities that Greensboro has to offer." While the year following the Olympic Games is typically a time of transition in the sport—as many athletes take time off or retire—upcoming events such as these make it an exciting time for USA Gymnastics and its membership. Many within the sport are excited to see what the future holds for gymnastics and discover the sport's next stars. "These upcoming events are the first opportunity for fans to see who the rising stars are at the begin- ning of the new Olympic quadrennium," Galimore said. n | 512.393.5930 | /TourSanMarcos [ YOU CA ] #SMTXperience San Marcos, TX is a groove. A way of living. Where you can lace up your shoes and hit the trails when the mood strikes. With greenbelts that wind through town and up hill country paths, you can find ADA smoothed to technically difficult natural trails all in the same park — making San Marcos perfect for your next run, mountain bike race or triathlon.

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