INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 29, 2012 – 2011 World all-around champion Jordyn Wieber of DeWitt, Mich./Gedderts' Twistars USA; 2011 World parallel bars champion Danell Leyva of Miami/Team Hilton HHonors (Universal Gymnastics); 2011 World team champion Alexandra Raisman of Needham, Mass./Brestyan's American Gymnastics; and 2011 World team bronze-medalist John Orozco of the Bronx, N.Y./Team Hilton HHonors (U.S. Olympic Training Center), who finished fifth in the all-around at the 2011 World Championships, will meet a strong field of international gymnasts at the 2012 AT&T American Cup in New York City’s legendary Madison Square Garden.  The event, which begins Saturday, March 3, at 11:30 a.m. ET and is part of the International Gymnastics Federation World Cup series, marks the start of the road to London for many of the world’s top gymnasts.  The international field includes gymnasts from Australia, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Romania and Ukraine.

Jackson Payne of Canada will replace France’s Cyril Tommasone, who withdrew from the event due to personal reasons.  Payne was a member of the Canadian team at the 2009-11 World Championships and helped Team Canada to a fifth-place finish at the 2012 Visa International Gymnastics competition earlier this year.

Christopher Brooks of Houston/Team Hilton HHonors (Cypress Gymnastics), and Gabrielle Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va./Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance, the U.S. Team alternates, have the opportunity to participate hors concours (outside of competition).  This means Brooks and Douglas may perform exhibition routines, performing first on each apparatus.  While they will receive scores, they will not be included as part of the event’s results.

"Fans in New York are going to see some of the world’s top gymnasts as they prepare to make history at this summer’s Olympic Games in London," said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. "There’s no better venue than Madison Square Garden and the AT&T American Cup to showcase this talented field of athletes.  The American Cup has a storied history, especially in the Olympic year, and we don’t expect 2012 to be any different."

The complete field for the 2012 AT&T American Cup is as follows.


USA: Danell Leyva, Miami/Team Hilton HHonors (Universal Gymnastics)

USA: John Orozco, Bronx, N.Y./Team Hilton HHonors (U.S. Olympic Training Center)

Canada: Jackson Payne

Germany: Marcel Nguyen

Great Britain: Daniel Purvis

Japan: Ryuzo Sejima

Ukraine: Mykola Kuksenkov

Ukraine: Oleg Verniaiev

USA, alternate: Christopher Brooks, Houston/Team Hilton HHonors (Cypress Gymnastics)


USA: Alexandra Raisman, Needham, Mass./Brestyan's Gymnastics

USA: Jordyn Wieber, DeWitt, Mich./Gedderts' Twistars USA

Australia: Georgia Simpson

Canada: Victoria Moors

Germany: Lisa Hill

Great Britain: Rebecca Tunney

Romania: Diana Chelaru

Romania: Larisa Iordache

USA, alternate: Gabrielle Douglas, Virginia Beach, Va./Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance

Ticket prices range from $29.50-$225, plus applicable fees, and may be purchased charge-by-phone at 866-858-0008; online at or; at all Ticketmaster outlets; and at the Madison Square Garden Box Office. In recognition of Visa's long-time support of USA Gymnastics, Visa is the preferred method of payment. For more information, go to

Doors to Madison Square Garden open at 10 a.m., and the opening ceremonies are slated for 11:15 a.m. with competition starting at 11:30 a.m.   

Fan Activities 

USA Gymnastics will be hosting a number of fan activities on the concourse of Madison Square Garden prior to and during the competition. Here’s a quick overview of the fan activities available during the AT&T American Cup.

  • AT&T Fan Zone. USA Gymnastics fans can get an up-close and personal look inside the lives of USA Gymnastics athletes at AT&T’s Fan Zone. Fans can pose for commemorative photos, receive autographs from Olympians, and try their luck at trivia with iconic Olympic and USA Gymnastics symbols. AT&T will also feature the newest it has to offer in technology, allowing fans to interact with latest and greatest. For more behind-the-scenes looks of U.S. Olympic athletes, check out AT&T’s website,
  • Giveaways. The first 4,000 fans inside Madison Square Garden will receive a free, commemorative AT&T American Cup athlete roster and poster featuring Wieber, Raisman, Leyva and Orozco.  Additionally, fans can pick up product samples from AT&T, Proctor & Gamble, Hilton and Kellogg’s.
  • WGYM. Two-time Olympic gold-medalist Shannon Miller and 2007 U.S. all-around champion David Durante will host WGYM, the in-house radio broadcast for the AT&T American Cup.  WGYM provides running commentary on the competition, as well as fun facts about the sport and the competitors.  Radios will be available at Madison Square Garden for $10 or bundled with an event tee-shirt.
  • USA Gymnastics Fitness Zone. Kids can have fun and gain knowledge about the importance of fitness through the interactive USA Gymnastics Fitness Zone.  The zone features activities in building strength, flexibility and cardiovascular exercise, along with teaching the basic handstand, which is fundamental to all of gymnastics. The Fitness Zone will be featured on the concourse at Madison Square Garden. 
  • Art of the Olympians. The art of Al Oerter, four-time Olympic discus gold medalist and Art of the Olympians founder, will be displayed on the concourse of Madison Square Garden during the AT&T American Cup.  Painting reproductions by Oerter will also be available for purchase.
  • In-arena fun and giveaways. Olympian John Macready will rev up the crowd as meet emcee with fun interactive activities and tee-shirt tosses into the crowd.
  • Merchandise. Fans can purchase everything gymnastics from event-specific tees to the newest adidas leotards at booths in Madison Square Garden. USA Gymnastics is proud to accept only Visa.

About the athletes

For the men, the USA brings a strong duo with Leyva, the reigning U.S. all-around and World parallel bars champion, and Orozco, who had a breakout year in 2011 by finishing fifth in the all-around at the World Championships and third at the Visa Championships. Purvis was fourth in the all-around at the 2011 Worlds and recorded the highest all-around score at the 2012 Visa International Gymnastics (the Olympic test event).  Kuksenkov and Nguyen finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in the all-around at the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo.  Verniaiev, along with Kuksenkov, was a member of the Ukrainian team that finished fifth in Tokyo.  Sejima helped the Japanese to the team gold medal at the 2011 World University Games, where he was second in the floor exercise. Payne was a member of the Canadian team that finished fifth at the 2012 Visa International Gymnastics competition, as well as the 2009-11 Canadian World Championships teams.

On the women’s side, Wieber is the reigning World, U.S. and AT&T American Cup all-around champion. She and teammate Raisman helped the USA win the team title at the 2011 World Championships. Raisman, fourth in the 2011 World Championships all-around final, also won the bronze medal at the 2011 AT&T American Cup, as well as the World floor exercise bronze medal. Hill was a member of the German team at both the 2010 and 2011 World Championships.  Tunney is the reigning English junior all-around champion and finished sixth on the uneven bars at the 2012 Visa International Gymnastics event.  At the 2011 World Championships, Chelaru was a member of Romania’s fourth-place team and finished eighth in the floor finals, while teammate Iordache, the 2011 European Youth Olympic Festival all-around champion, is a first-year senior competitor.  Simpson, who competed in the all-around at the 2012 Visa International Gymnastics event, served as Australia’s World team alternate in 2010.   Moors, the 2011 Canadian junior national champion, helped Canada finish second at the 2012 Visa International Gymnastics competition to secure a team berth to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. 

Five gymnasts have previously participated in the American Cup: Kuksenkov, Purvis, Raisman and Wieber.

Television coverage

  • Universal Sports. Universal Sports television will broadcast the first 90 minutes of the AT&T American Cup live from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET on March 3. The competition will be simultaneously webcast on and will be available for on-demand streaming following the broadcast. To find a Universal Sports channel in a specific area, click here.
  • NBC Sports. Live coverage of the AT&T American Cup will air on NBC Sports beginning at 1 p.m. ET on March 3, immediately following the conclusion of the Universal Sports broadcast.

Ways to follow the AT&T American Cup

  • Online. The 2012 AT&T American Cup is easier than ever to follow online. Schedules, general event information, the official event program, start lists, live scoring and more are available at, which is easily viewable on smart phones and other digital devices.
  • Social media. USA Gymnastics is providing live updates and exclusive content, including videos and photos, from the AT&T American Cup on Facebook ( and Twitter (@USAGym). Gymnastics fans can follow the action easily and join the conversation on Twitter by using the official hashtag of the 2012 AT&T American Cup, #ATTAC.

American Cup history

The AT&T American Cup has been staged 11 times at Madison Square Garden and this is the sixth time New York has hosted the event in an Olympic year. Madison Square Garden was the site of the inaugural American Cup in 1976 when the USA's Bart Conner and Romania's Nadia Comaneci won the all-around titles. Madison Square Garden played host to this event in 1976-80, 1982-84, 2004 and 2008.

Past sites for the American Cup include: New York City (1976-80, 1982-84, 2004, 2008); Ft. Worth Texas (1981, 1996-98); Indianapolis, Ind. (1985); Fairfax, Va. (1986-90, 2003); Orlando, Fla. (1991-94, 2000-02); Seattle, Wash. (1995); St. Petersburg, Fla. (1999); Uniondale, N.Y. (2005); Philadelphia (2006); Jacksonville, Fla. (2007, 2011); Hoffman Estates, Ill. (2009); and Worcester, Mass. (2010).

The 2012-2013 FIG All-around World Cup Series in men's and women's artistic gymnastics includes five World Cups over the period of two years. With stopovers on three continents, World Cup competitions are slated for March 3 in New York City, Dec. 1–2 in Stuttgart, Germany, and Dec. 8 in Glasgow, Scotland, for 2012, before turning to the USA in March 2013 and concluding in Tokyo in April 2013.

Nastia Liukin Cup

The Nastia Liukin Cup, which features 34 of the country’s best Level 10 gymnasts, will be staged on March 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden.  The gymnasts qualified for the Nastia Liukin Cup through designated Nastia Liukin Cup Series invitationals.  Reserved tickets for the Nastia Liukin Cup are $35, and $25 for general admission, plus applicable fees. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 800-745-3000; online at or; at all Ticketmaster outlets; or at the Madison Square Garden Box Office.  Universal Sports will provide a live broadcast and a simultaneous web stream of the event, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Event proceeds benefit the Nastia Liukin Fund, which is part of the National Gymnastics Foundation.

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