From World champions and multiple medal winners to the new up-and-comers, U.S. athletes will be alongside talent from 16 other countries next week in Everett, Wash. The 2012 Kellogg’s Pacific Rim Championships will feature more than 200 athletes in artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, and trampoline, March 16-18, at the Comcast Arena and Comcast Community Ice Rink in Everett, Wash.
Headlining the international field for the women is 2008 Olympian Lauren Mitchell
of Australia, who won the 2010 World title on floor, along with 2010 World teammate Emily Little
, and alternate Georgia Simpson
. Mitchell, the first Australian woman gymnast to win gold at Worlds, also claimed the World silver medal on balance beam in 2009.
Canadians Christine "Peng Peng" Lee
and Kristina Vaculik
, both competed at 2008 Pacific Rim Championships and the 2011 World Championships, while teammate Victoria Moors
recently finished fourth at the AT&T American Cup. From China, 2011 World bronze-medal team member Tan Sixin is also set to contend for a medal.
For the men, Takuya Nakase of Japan, who finished fifth on the horizontal bar at the 2008 Olympic Games, will be a star feature beside his teammates Koji Uematsu and Tatsuki Nakashima, who both competed at the 2010 World Championships. Nakase also competed at the 2006, 2007, and 2009 World Championships.
The international field for the 2012 Pacific Rim Championships is as follows.
Australia: Lauren Mitchell, Emily Little, Georgia Simpson
Canada: Christine Lee, Victoria Moors, Kristina Vaculik
China: Tan Sixin, Luo Peiru, Shang Chunsong
Chinese Taipei: Yu-Chun Chen, Chia-Jung Tsai
Colombia: Jessica Gil
Costa Rica: Karina Regidor
Hong Kong: Hiu Ying Angel Wong, Nim Yan Choi, Ka Man Leung
Japan: Risa Konishi, Wakiko Ryu, Yuri Ishii
Mexico: Sandra Paola Garcia Victoriano, Karla Adriana Martinez Lozano
Russia: Kristina Sidorova, Anastasiya Marchuk, Diana Elkina
United States: To be determined.
Australia: Alexandra Eade, Madelaine Leydin, Jazminne Casis
Canada: Maegan Chant, Jordyn Pedersen, Victoria Kayen Woo
China: Mei Jie, Wang Wei, Lou Nina
Chinese Taipei: Wan-Yin Chen, Yu-Chun Lai
Costa Rica: Angela Arce
Japan: Yuki Uchiyama, Sakura Yumoto
Mexico: Federica Scheiman Hernandez, Andrea Fernanda Mora Ramirez, Shaden Michelle Cortes Herrera
New Zealand: Hanna Malloch, Courtney Mcgregor, Rebecca Morrison, Brittany Robertson, Charlotte Sullivan, Millie Williamson
Panama: Ana Victoria De Leon, Valentina Brostella
Russia: Ekaterina Baturina, Maria Kharenkova, Anastasia Belova
United States: To be determined.
Australia: Joshua Jefferis, Thomas Pichler, Samuel Offord
Canada: Anderson Loran, Scott Morgan, Robert Watson
China: Liu Rongbing, Cheng Ran, Wang Peng
Chinese Taipei: Szu-Chieh Chen, Sheng-Meng Huang, I-Hsiang Chen
Colombia: Jorge Giraldo
Hong Kong: Kam Wah Liu, Kiu Chung Ng, Wai Hung Shek
Japan: Takuya Nakase, Koji Uematsu, Tatsuki Nakashima
Mexico: Santos Martinez Reyes, Rodolfo Heron Bonilla Ruiz, Axel German Elias Jimenez
New Zealand: Mikhail Koudinov
Philippines: Jean Nathan Monteclaro
Russia: Mikhail Bodnar, Daniil Kazachkov, Pavel Pavlov
Thailand: Bobby Kriangkum
United States: Chris Brooks, Jake Dalton, Sam Mikulak
Australia: Brody-Jai Hennessy, Lachlan Savill, Kent Pieterse
Canada: Cory Paterson, Zachary Clay, Joshua Stuart
China: Wu Guanhua, Xu Kangye, Xiao Ruoteng
Chinese Taipei: Fu-Li Liu, Yu-Chin Chao, Jia-En Lin
Costa Rica: Tarik Soto
Hong Kong: Chun Kit Poon, Tzn Tak Seto
Japan: Kaito Imabayashi, Koji Nonomura, Kenzo Seryu
Mexico: Rodolfo Gomez Grosso, Andres Esteban Resendiz Sanchez, Sergio Elias Borquez
New Zealand: Reegan Edwards, Leo Golder
Russia: Grigorii Zyrianov, Nikolay Kovinov, Sergey Stepanov