USA’s Hurd, Mikulak will compete at 2020 American Cup
MILWAUKEE, Wis., Dec. 16, 2019 – World medalists and former American Cup champions Morgan Hurd of Middletown, Del./First State Gymnastics and Sam Mikulak of Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center will represent the United States at the 2020 American Cup taking place at Fiserv Forum on Saturday, March 7, 2020. All-session tickets for the USA’s most prestigious international gymnastics competition are on sale now at FiservForum.com.
The American Cup is the first of the four all-around events included in the International Gymnastics Federation’s World Cup Series, which is part of Olympic qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. The 2020 American Cup, which will be in Milwaukee for the first time, will have two all-around sessions, with 13 women competing at 11 a.m. CT and 13 men at 3:30 p.m. CT. The Nastia Liukin Cup, which showcases some of the country’s top Junior Olympic female gymnasts, is slated for Friday, March 6, 2020, at 7 p.m. CT. The competition is subject to change.
The United States will have two men and two women competing against 11 men and 11 women, respectively, from around the world. Invitations to compete are based on performances at the 2019 World Gymnastics Championships. The balance of the field is expected to be finalized in early 2020.
Hurd won the 2018 American Cup title after claiming the 2017 World all-around crown. She also helped the USA win the 2018 World team title. Hurd has six World medals – two gold, two silver and two bronze – and a Pan American Games team title. Mikulak, who has six U.S. all-around titles, has two World bronze medals, one for the team in 2014 and also the horizontal bar in 2018. He captured the American Cup title in 2014.
All-session ticket packages range in price from $77-$179 and include the Nastia Liukin Cup on Friday, March 6, 2020 and the American Cup sessions on Saturday, March 7, 2020. In addition to FiservForum.com, tickets are available at the Fiserv Forum Ticket Office or Ticketmaster.com. Discounted tickets are available through local gymnastics clubs that are participating in the club ticket sales program. For information on club sales or group tickets, call 414-227-2875. Click here for group discount information.
At each of the four stops in the all-around series, countries earn points based on the ranking of each country’s gymnasts at each World Cup. At the conclusion, the three countries with the highest total point scores, using each country’s top rankings from the four events, will earn an all-around berth to the Olympic Games. This is the first time the all-around World Cup Series has been involved in the Olympic qualification process.
Held in conjunction with the American Cup, the Nastia Liukin Cup features many of the country’s top Junior Olympic female gymnasts and is held at 7 p.m. on the night prior to the American Cup. Named after the 2008 Olympic gold medalist and one of the USA’s most popular gymnasts, the Nastia Liukin Cup showcases gymnasts who qualify through the Nastia Liukin Cup Series. The Cup series includes several of the country’s top invitationals held from January through February.
Several major gymnastics events have been held previously in Milwaukee, including the 2017 USA Gymnastics Championships (national championships for acrobatic/rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline/tumbling), 2016 Tour of Gymnastics Champions and 2003 U.S. Gymnastics Championships (men’s/women’s gymnastics).
Although this is the event’s first visit to Milwaukee, two Milwaukee-area gymnasts have won American Cup titles. In 2004, Paul Hamm, who grew up in Waukesha won the all-around and went on to claim the 2004 Olympic all-around gold. In 2005, the American Cup awarded titles for each individual event for men and women. Chellsie Memmel, who now lives in Dousman, won the uneven bars title and went on to become the 2005 World all-around champion, as well as earn the 2008 Olympic team silver medal.
The American Cup showcases many of the world’s best male and female gymnasts in a one-day, all-around competition. In 2019, the USA’s Leanne Wong of Overland Park, Kansas/Great American Gymnastics Express, and Yul Moldauer of Arvada, Colo./University of Oklahoma, won the American Cup titles. The impressive list of former American Cup all-around champions also includes Simone Biles, Bart Conner, Tim Daggett, Jake Dalton, Gabby Douglas, Paul Hamm, Morgan Hurd, Jonathan Horton, Shawn Johnson, Danell Leyva, Nastia Liukin, Carly Patterson, Shannon Miller, Mary Lou Retton, Kurt Thomas, Peter Vidmar, Jordyn Wieber and Kim Zmeskal-Burdette.
Past sites for the American Cup include: New York, N.Y. (1976-80, 1982-84, 2004, 2008, 2012); 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, Pa. (2006); Jacksonville, Fla. (2007, 2011); Hoffman Estates, Ill. (2009, 2018); Worcester, Mass. (2010, 2013); Greensboro, N.C. (2014, 2019); Arlington, Texas (2015); and Newark, N.J. (2016-17).
The Nastia Liukin Cup made its debut in 2010. Past sites include 2019, Greensboro, N.C.; 2018, Hoffman Estates, Ill.; 2016 and 2017, Newark, N.J.; 2015, Arlington, Texas; 2014, Greensboro, N.C.; 2013 and 2010, Worcester, Mass.; 2012, New York City; and 2011, Jacksonville, Fla.
- Nastia Liukin. At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Liukin’s total of five medals tied the U.S. gymnastics record for most medals in one Olympic Games. Liukin’s Olympic medals are: gold – all-around; silver – team, balance beam and uneven bars; and bronze – floor exercise. Liukin was the third of five U.S. women to win the Olympic all-around crown. She also won nine World medals in her career. Liukin has graced many magazine covers and appeared on various shows, including “Gossip Girl,” “Make It or Break It,” and the feature film, “Stick It.” Liukin was a contestant in the 2015 spring edition of “Dancing with the Stars” and was the grand marshal for the 2015 Indianapolis 500. She currently serves as a gymnastics analyst for NBC Sports and is a founder of Grander, a global community for the next generation of female athletes that provides access to the people who inspire, resources to help achieve dreams, and communities of like-minded people with similar ambitions. Liukin was coached by her father, Valeri, who has four Olympic medals from 1988 including two gold.
- Fiserv Forum. Fiserv Forum is a preeminent sports and entertainment arena in downtown Milwaukee that opened on Aug. 26, 2018. Designed by Populous, Eppstein Uhen Architects and HNTB, the venue offers incomparable sightlines, customer service, technology and amenities. Fiserv Forum includes 17,341 seats for basketball and up to 18,000 for concerts, with 34 luxury suites and three clubs. The new venue hosts a diverse variety of events, including the Milwaukee Bucks, Marquette University men’s basketball, major concerts, family shows and other sports and entertainment events, and has been selected to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention. In addition to Fiserv, Founding Partners for Fiserv Forum include BMO Harris Bank, Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Johnson Controls and Miller Brewing Company. For more information on Fiserv Forum, please visit: fiservforum.com.
- VISIT Milwaukee. VISIT Milwaukee is the Greater Milwaukee area’s convention and visitors bureau, marketing the destination as a top choice for business, convention, and leisure travel to national and international visitors in order to increase the economic impact of tourism in the region. Each year, tourism supports over 52,000 full-time jobs and brings more than $5.7 billion to the community. VISIT Milwaukee has over 700 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services, and area businesses. The Wisconsin Center District, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, and City of Wauwatosa are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs. For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit www.visitmilwaukee.org.
- International Gymnastics Federation. The International Gymnastics Federation 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 its 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 148 national member federations and has its headquarters in the Olympic capital of Lausanne, Switzerland.
- USA Gymnastics. Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. The organization is committed to creating a culture that encourages and supports its athletes and focuses on its highest priority, the safety and well-being of the athletes. USA Gymnastics has taken specific, concrete steps to strengthen its athlete safety policies and procedures, including adopting the updated USA Gymnastics Safe Sport Policy. Former gymnast and business executive Li Li Leung is the new president and chief executive officer of USA Gymnastics. The organization’s disciplines include men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics and gymnastics for all (formerly known as group gymnastics). For more complete information, visit usagym.org.