The AT&T American Cup, the USA’s most prestigious international invitational, will make its New Jersey debut at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., on March 5, 2016. The AT&T American Cup features the world’s best gymnasts in a one-day all-around competition. The Nastia Liukin Cup, which showcases many of the country’s top Junior Olympic female gymnasts, will be staged in conjunction with the AT&T American Cup on March 4 at Prudential Center.
“Prudential Center was one of our most successful stops for the 2012 Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions, and we are confident it will be a great location for the AT&T American Cup,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “The New Jersey-New York metropolitan area has a strong gymnastics community, and we look forward to again kicking off the Olympic year off in the area.”
Invitations to compete in the 2016 AT&T American Cup are based on performances at the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.
In addition to Nastia Liukin, the impressive list of former American Cup champions also includes Bart Conner, Tim Daggett, Paul Hamm, Jonathan Horton, Shawn Johnson, Carly Patterson, Danell Leyva, Shannon Miller, Mary Lou Retton, Kurt Thomas, Peter Vidmar, Jordyn Wieber and Kim Zmeskal-Burdette.
Held annually in conjunction with the AT&T American Cup, the Nastia Liukin Cup is named after Nastia Liukin, the 2008 Olympic all-around champion who has five Olympic and nine World medals to her credit. The annual event features 36 gymnasts who qualify through the Nastia Liukin Cup Series, which includes many of the country’s top invitationals held throughout January and February.