This weekend is set to be a big one for gymnastics with the FIG acrobatic gymnastics World Cup taking place in Portugal and Saturday’s artistic gymnastics American Cup in New Jersey.
Four British acrobatic groups have been selected to compete at the FIG World Cup and Olympians Amy Tinkler and Sam Oldham will fly the flag for GB at the American Cup.
For Sam and Amy this will be their season opener as they begin preparing for the 2017 Gymnastics British Championships. Amy won a bronze floor medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in her first year as a senior and is a strong all-around gymnast known for her power and cool head in competition. Sam Oldham, London 2012 team bronze medal winner and two-time high bar silver medallist at the European Championships, will get his chance to compete on the big stage again and is looking forward to the first competition in the World Cup series. He said in his ‘Sky Scholar’ blog: “My body feels good and I've got my new routines planned out. I'm working hard in the gym to get routines fit and to make sure I'm ready for competition season.”
Also in the line-up is American favourite, 2016 Olympic replacement Ragan Smith as well as Ukraine’s 2016 Olympic parallel bars champion Oleg Verniaiev and Olympic team champion Ryohei Kato of Japan. The competition is part of the International Gymnastics Federation’s all-around World Cup series (that ends in London on April 8th) and takes place in conjunction with the annual Nastia Liukin Cup and the Elite Team Cup. It will take place on 4th March at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey at 16:30 pm UK time with a live feed here.
Four acrobatic groups have been selected to compete at the FIG World Cup Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships in Maia, Portugal. The competition will run until Sunday with training starting today and the final taking place on Sunday 6th. The competition is part of the FIG World Cup Series and the 184 gymnasts from 12 countries will come together to compete for the most World Cup points. The winner of the annual World Cup per category is the pair or group with the highest number of points of the World Cup Series Ranking List after the last event of the year.
The four GB groups competing are:
Women’s Group 1: Jennifer Bailey, Roxanna Parker, Gabby Potter
Women’s Group 2: Ilisha Boardman, Isabel Haigh, Emily Hancock
Mixed Pair: Lewis Walker, Kitty Williams
Men’s Group: Conor Sawenko, Charlie Tate, Lewis Watts, Adam Upcott
Only the top eight in each group will make it to the finals on Sunday, which will take place at 2:30pm and can be watched here.
The FIG World Cup is held in close connection with the Maia International Acro Cup, which is open to National, Regional and club teams with a number of clubs from Britain taking part.