Tuesday, May 07, 2013
  Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Moceanu To Serve As Judge For Inaugural 2013 Pro Gymnastics Challenge

Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Moceanu To Serve As Judge For Inaugural 2013 Pro Gymnastics Challenge

Member of the Gold Medal Winning “Magnificent Seven” From The 1996 Atlanta Olympics, to judge exciting new “Skill For Skill” format made up of current and future U.S. Olympians vs. The World Team, May 10 and 11 In Bethlehem, Pa.

Bethlehem, Pa, – The first “Pro Gymnastics Challenge,” today announced that Dominique Moceanu, the youngest member of the legendary “Magnificent Seven” who captured the first-ever US Women’s gymnastics team gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, will serve as a judge for the first-ever event on May 10 and 11, 2013 at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pa. The PGC, which will feature some of the greatest current and future male and female gymnasts, will be held in a team format, but with a very unique twist, with the competitors doing a “skill vs. skill” challenge with men competing against women for points and prize money. The World Team will be coached by the legendary Svetlana Boguinskaia, a five-time World Champion and three-time Olympic gold medalist, while 2008 Olympic All-Around Champion, four time world champion Nastia Liukin will be joined by three time Olympian Blaine Wilson coaching Team USA.

The Pro Gymnastics Challenge was created by Brent Klaus, CEO of International Gymnastics Camp, the world’s premier gymnastics facility. It will be televised as a three-part series on ESPN2 on May 20, 21 and 22.

“The amount of support we are getting from the legends of our sport continues to grow each passing week, and we are proud that Dominique will now join Nastia and others in a key role at the event,” Klaus said. “Her support continues to re-enforce our belief that this new face of competition is not only needed but will be welcomed and expanded going forward, and we are proud to have all of these amazing names with us as we get things going next month.”

In 1995, the Hollywood, California native became the youngest gymnast ever to win the U.S. Senior National All-Around title, at age 13. Later that year, Moceanu earned the only individual US medal at the 1995 World Championships as well as a team bronze medal. She continued to be one of the brightest personalities in gymnastics, setting up for one of the most memorable golden moments in Olympic history. Moceanu competed and was part of the gold medal winning “Magnificent Seven” despite a stress fracture that many felt would keep her out of the Games. At age 14, she is the youngest Olympic gold medalist in American gymnastics history. Moceanu continued competing after the Atlanta games earning a new title as the Team Captain of the 1997 World Championships team. In 1998, she became the first ever non-Russian All-Around Gold medalist at the Goodwill Games in New York. Now retired, she is the author of her New York Times Bestselling memoir Off Balance which details her unbelievable life journey that transcends the world of sports. Moceanu is married and is a mother of two. She currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio.

In addition to the legends judging and coaching, athletes representing no less than 12 nations will be participating in the event. The U.S. team will be led by two time Olympian and silver medalist Jonathan Horton, 2012 Olympian Jacob Dalton and six time NCAA champion, Stephen Legendre, with three time World Championship silver medalist Jana Bieger and NCAA Champion Kat Ding among those representing the women. The world team will be led by 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Sam Oldham of Great Britain, 2012 Olympic silver medalist Marcel Nguyen of Germany, six time Olympian and gold medalist Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan, Brazil 2016 hopefuls Petrix and Jade Barbosa and Daniele and Diego Hypolito, and two time Olympian Anna Pavlova of Russia among others.

Tickets for the event are now on sale via the Professional Gymnastics Challenge website at professionalgymnastics.com or by visiting stablerarena.com


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Contact: Lori Izeman

Special Events Manager

(216) 591-0800 x 18



September 22, 2010


CLEVELAND—Promenade, the 26th annual benefit for the Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland will feature a lively evening of dance competition between Cleveland notables paired with the area’s top dance professionals under the direction of Rebecca Sweet of Viva dance! This year’s fundraiser, “Take Steps to Fight Diabetes” will take place Saturday, October 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Embassy Suites Cleveland-Rockside in Independence. Darrielle Snipes, WKYC Channel 3 Morning Reporter will serve as mistress of ceremonies.

Inspired by the smash hit television show “Dancing with the Stars,” Promenade will feature eight local talents from all over Cleveland and their professional dance partners, as they try to impress the evening’s judges, Kevin Joseph Kelly, Frank Leo and William Wymer with their favorite dance routines. The competitors include: Jenn Harcher, 19 Action News Storm Team Reporter; Tonia Kwiatkowski, World Figure Skater; Dominique Moceanu, 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist for U.S. Women's Gymnastics; Jill Katzenberg, Life Coach and Trainer; Chris Van Vliet, WOIO “The Buzz”; Cyril Kleem, Mayor of Berea; Toney Owens, Television Personality and Fred Vander Peet, Finance Manager at Howard Hanna.

The evening also will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction followed by a sit-down dinner with showcase dancing entertainment by Rebecca Sweet and Heriberto Perez from Viva dance! Studio. The Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland will also recognize their 2010 Honorees.

All proceeds from Promenade will remain in Northeast Ohio to support education programs, free community services, local diabetes research, Camp Ho Mita Koda for children with diabetes and the Aronoff Library and Diabetes Resource Center. For ticket information, visit www.dagc.org or call 216-591-0800.

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