The 2014 Elite Challenge and Levels 5-7 National Championships for trampoline and tumbling will be held at the Spokane Convention Center June 12-15.
More than 1,100 athletes are expected to compete in men’s and women’s trampoline, tumbling, synchronized trampoline and double mini-trampoline at the four-day event.
The Spokane Sports Commission worked with USA Gymnastics to bring the event to Spokane and will assist with organizing and staging the competition. Spokane Gymnastics will also be involved as part of the local organizing committee.
The Elite Challenge showcases the USA’s top gymnasts in the four elite levels. The Elite Challenge is part of the selection process for the U.S. National Team and the athletes who will represent the USA at the World Championships and World Age Group Competition. If the USA qualifies for the Youth Olympic Games, the event is the final selection event to determine the U.S. representative for the Youth Olympic Games. The Levels 5-7 National Championships determines the U.S. titlists for the Junior Olympic, age-group Levels 5-7.
Trampoline events involve athletes using trampolines that can propel them up to 30 feet in the air, during which they can perform double and triple twisting somersaults. Tumbling utilizes elevated rod-floor runways that enable athletes to jump at heights more than 10 feet and execute a variety of acrobatic maneuvers.