The high-powered gymnastic meet in Chesterfield, at The Club in the Swingley Ridge Rd., typically draws more than 5,000 fans, as well as competing gymnasts from across the nation.
Gymnastics has been called the "toughest sport in the world" and consistently garners the most viewers in Olympic competition.
The host, St. Louis Gymnastic Centre (SLGC), is located in Webster Groves and is the oldest private gymnastic gym and training center in the Midwest. It is home to competing state, regional, national, and international champions, SLGC said.
SLGC is an official member of USA Gymnastics (USAG) and annually hosts this largest, USAG-sanctioned, co-ed meet in the country.
In the very competitive Region III Men’s and Region IV Women’s divisions, SLGC teams consistently rank at or near the top.
Some of the best gymnasts coming out of the St. Louis Gymnastic Centre go on to train at the U.S. Olympic Training Centre, and competed at the Junior Olympics Nationals.
SLGC coaches are members of the U.S. Elite Coaches Association and are USAG-Certified.
Patch is one of the mega-event's sponsors.
For those in the know, here's what to expect from the weekend competition:
USA Gymnastics Sanctioned:
Men’s Levels 4 - 10
Women’s Levels 3 - 10 & Prep Opt / Xcel
US Gymnastics Unsanctioned:
Boys’ Levels 4 - 10
Girls’ Levels 2 - 10 & Prep Opt / Xcel
Modified Capital Cup
Multiple Competition Gyms
Equipment Provided by UAI
Individual medals to top 60 percent of gymnasts
Participation gift for all gymnasts
Teams in the meet:
ACROS Evansville, IN
All American St. Louis, MO
Barron Gymnastics St. Louis, MO
Champaign County YMCA Champaign, IL
Champions Louisville, KY
DeVeau's Fishers, IN
Didion Athletics VanBuren, AR
Dynamics Gymnastics Springfield , MO
Edge Gymnastics Liberty, MO
Emerald City Gymnastics Overland Park, KS
Flip Side Gymnastics St. Charles, MO
GAGE Gymnastics Blue Springs, MO
G.T. Performance St. Charles, MO
Gym Quarters O'Fallon, MO
Heartland Gymnastics Cape Girardeau, MO
High Energy Chesterfield, MO
McCracken's Olathe, KS
MEGA Kansas City, MO
Meyer's Gymnastics Ellisville, MO
MidCounty YMCA St. Louis, MO
NGA Twisters O'Fallon, MO
Olympiad Chesterfield Chesterfield, MO
Olympiad Ellisville Ellisville, MO
Olympiad Festus Festus, MO
Olympiad MidRivers St. Peters, MO
Olympiad North Florissant, MO
Olympiad West Manchester, MO
Planet Gymnastics Union, MO
Rebound Blue Springs, MO
SLGC Webster Groves, MO
St. Louis Spirits St. Louis, MO
Show-Me Gymnastics Columbia, MO
Spectrum Cape Girardeau, MO
Springfield Gymnastics Springfield, MO
Southern Illinois Gymnastics Academy Marion, IL
Stacey's Gymnastics Wentzville, MO
Team Central Gymnastics Academy Maryland Heights, MO
Tiger Academy of Gymnastics Columbia, MO
TNT Gymnastics Hollister, MO
Tri-Star Nolensville, TN
World Class Belleville, IL
Xtreme Gymnastics Poplar Bluff, MO
YMCA of Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL