Tori Foster, Staff Writer
St. Louis, MO.- The 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo are heading to St. Louis for the U.S. gymnastics team trials.
In recent years, St. Louis have hosted many high-level gymnastics events. In 2016, the Chaifetz Arena hosted the Olympic trials for men’s gymnastics and later on that same year the women’s national championship. However, the 2020 Olympic trials would mark the first time the city would host both men’s and women’s gymnastics simultaneously.
The St. Louis Sports Commission announced Tuesday, April 23 that the 2020 men’s and women’s USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympics team trials would be held June 25-28 at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis. The men will compete June 25 and June 27 and the women will compete June 26 and June 28. Along with the trials, St. Louis will also host the USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show.
American gymnast, Sam Mikulak and retired Russian-American artistic gymnast, Nastia Liukin, were there for the big announcement. “The Olympic trials are sometimes even more nerve-wracking even more exciting because you really are seeing the best of the best and the best of the world right here in St. Louis,” Liukin commented to reporters.
The four-day event will be hosted by the St. Louis Sports Commission and on the last day of the Olympic trials, the teams will be named in St. Louis.
Frank Viverito, the president of the St. Louis Sports Commission, stated, “Next year’s trials are an exclamation point to a wonderful run of major gymnastics events we’ve been able to host in St. Louis. We’re grateful to have the opportunity to work with USA Gymnastics once again, and we look forward to partnering with our colleagues at Enterprise Center and our local gymnastics community to deliver an exceptional event next summer.”
After last year’s multimillion-dollar renovation to the Enterprise Center to make improvements to the facility and St. Louis’ recent success with other major sporting events, the St. Louis Sports Commission believed St. Louis is the perfect city for the trials.
The Olympic trials is the second high-profile event awarded to the Enterprise Center this year so far. The first is the National Hockey League’s All-Star Game which is being held in January 2020.
The Olympics trials event will attract thousands of tourists to the St. Louis area to witness the men’s and women’s teams compete.
Tickets for the 2020 Olympic team trials will go on sale later this year.