The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has awarded The Palm Beaches, FL a FIG World Cup Series event with the Palm Beach County Convention Center set to host the world’s top trampoline and tumbling gymnasts from August 3-5, 2023. The Palm Beach County Sports Commission’s successful bid will bring the 2023 T&T World Cup Series event to The Palm Beaches for the first time. The United States most recently hosted a FIG trampoline and tumbling event in 2014.
Approximately 250 athletes from 30 countries are expected to compete at this FIG World Cup event, which will serve as the penultimate stop in the five-competition 2023 World Cup Series slated to run through Baku, Azerbaijan on February 18-19, Santarem, Portugal on July 1-2, Coimbra, Portugal on July 7-8, and Varna, Bulgaria on October 7-8. Based on their performances, participating gymnasts can earn World Cup points that count toward the series championship, which will be awarded next fall at the series’ conclusion.
“The U.S. Trampoline & Tumbling program is coming off of an exceptional season that was punctuated by standout individual gold-medal performances at The World Games in July and World Championships in November and also saw a U.S. synchronized trampoline pair capture the first American World Cup Series title in more than a decade,” said Stefanie Korepin, USA Gymnastics’ Chief Programs Officer. “We are thrilled that these hardworking gymnasts will be able to compete against the world’s best in front of a home crowd next season and know our international colleagues will also receive a tremendous welcome from the West Palm Beach community.
The T&T World Cup Event Series will feature men’s and women’s individual and synchronized trampoline, tumbling, and double mini divisions. In 2022, the American duo of Nicole Ahsinger and Sarah Webster (Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express) clinched the women’s synchronized trampoline series title after capturing gold at the Nissen World Cup in Switzerland. Webster also claimed gold in women’s individual trampoline and teammate Miah Bruns (Crete, Ill./World Champions Centre) took top honors in women’s tumbling at the AERE World Cup in Italy. Tomas Minc (Chevy Chase, Md./Dynamite Gymnastics) and Tasha Williams (East Peoria, Ill./World Champions Centre) added silver medals in men’s double mini and women’s tumbling, respectively, at the AERE World Cup, while Shelby Nobuhara (Mapleton, Utah/High Altitude) pocketed bronze in women’s double mini.
The T&T World Cup Series event was not the only major gymnastics event awarded to The Palm Beaches during the summer of 2023. The USA Gymnastics Stars & Stripes Championship will also take place at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, just prior to the World Cup. The Stars and Stripes Championship will feature the leading trampoline and tumbling gymnasts from across the United States, from July 27-30, 2023. This marks the second appearance for the Stars & Stripes Championships in The Palm Beaches. The Palm Beach County Convention Center was also home to this during the summer of 2019.
The Stars & Stripes Championship will feature competition in boy’s and girl’s trampoline, tumbling, and double mini-trampoline. This national meet will include competitions for levels 5-7 in both the trampoline & tumbling competitions. In addition, USA Gymnastics HUGS (Special Needs) athletes will also compete for national championship honors. The Stars & Stripes Championship is expected to attract hundreds of gymnasts and thousands of spectators from across the United States.
“Winning the bid to host both the FIG World Cup and the Stars & Stripes Championships is a historic occasion for Palm Beach County and the state of Florida,” remarked George Linley, executive director for the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. “Hosting a World Cup and national event contiguously, organized by gymnastics’ international governing body and national governing body, will transform The Palm Beaches into an unrivaled stage for the sport. Furthermore, both events will create a significant economic impact for Palm Beach County.”
The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) is the governing body for Gymnastics worldwide. It is the oldest established international federation of an Olympic sport and has participated in the Olympic Games since their revival in 1896. The FIG governs eight sports: Gymnastics for All, Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Trampoline – including Double Mini-trampoline and Tumbling -, Aerobics, Acrobatics, and Parkour. It counts more than 160 national member federations and has its headquarters in the Olympic Capital of Lausanne (SUI).
Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics (USAG) is the sole national governing body for the sport of gymnastics in the United States. USA Gymnastics has many responsibilities, including selecting and training the U.S. Gymnastics Teams for Olympic Games and World Championships; promoting and developing gymnastics on a grassroots and national level; and serving as a resource center for member clubs, fans, and gymnasts throughout the United States.