COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Synchro announced today that the 2020 Junior Olympic Championship will be held at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on the University of Florida campus in sunny Gainesville, Florida on June 27 – July 4, 2020.
The Stephen C. O’Connell Center is no stranger to Synchronized Swimming competitions. The facility has hosted six USA Synchro championship events since will now hold the largest of USA Synchro’s championship events.
USA Synchro CEO, Adam Andrasko, said it was an extensive search for the right location for the 2020 Championship event, and he is excited to partner with the Gainesville Sports Commission and the Stephen C. O’Connell Center for this event.
“Our partners in Gainesville have stepped up in great way to support this event,” Andrasko said.“It is a big commitment for a facility and club to host Junior Olympics, but Gainesville is more than and we are all fortunate to have them as a partner.”
Gainesville's centralized location makes it an appealing destination as well, giving swimmers plenty of things to do when they dry off.
Gainesville Sports Commission runs or assists with 45 events a year which is extremely valuable to assist USA Synchro in its largest event of the year.
“The Gainesville Sports Commission (GSC) is excited for the opportunity to host this elite eight-day event in our community,” said Joleen with the Gainesville Sports Commission. “We have had a strong partnership with USA Synchronized Swimming for many years and are excited to have them back in Alachua County hosting their largest championship event, the Junior Olympics from June 27-July 4, 2020. We cannot wait to welcome the participants and families to Gainesville and Alachua County this upcoming summer.”
"As many of you know the national office proposed hosting 2020 JOs in Colorado Springs," Andrasko said. "USA Synchro members have shared some concerns around competing at a high elevation in Colorado Springs. The national office is dedicated to providing the best experience to our members and ensure the safety of our athletes. Based on this we felt that we need to further evaluate the opportunity to host a national championship at elevation. We will continue to evaluate the science of competing our sport at elevation and potentially host Junior Olympics in Colorado Springs in 2021."
The 2020 Junior Olympic Championship will be held on June 27 – July 4.
About USA Synchro
U.S. Synchronized Swimming [USSS], also known as USA Synchro, was established as a nonprofit organization in 1979 and is the United States national governing body for the sport. It is recognized by the International Olympic Committee, the United States Olympic Committee and FINA (Federation de Natation Amateur) — the international governing federation of the sport. USSS organizes, participates in, and promotes a variety of competitive events each year. For additional information, visitusasynchro.org. Follow USA Synchro on Twitter @USASynchro, Facebook @USASynchro, and Instagram @USASynchro.
About USA Gainesville Sports Commission
The Gainesville Sports Commission (GSC) is a not-for-profit organization that strives to promote tourism though sports while creating a positive economic impact on Gainesville and Alachua County. The GSC brings sporting events to the local community and assist with hosting, creating and supporting over 45 sporting events annually. Since its inception, the GSC has directly contributed more than 300 million dollars of economic growth. By bringing participants and spectators to sporting events, it has created approximately 20 million dollars annually of direct economic impact for the community.