As the cast of more than 100 gymnasts from around the world prepares for the Pro Gymnastics Challenge on Friday and Saturday in Bethlehem, Pa., competitor Kylee Botterman Kolarik offered IG Online insight into the unique format and ambitious goals of the event.
The PGC will feature mixed teams of female and male gymnasts who will compete skill-for-skill in a «No Barriers Challenge» on Friday and «USA vs. the World» on Saturday. The event, which is taking place at Lehigh University’s Stabler Arena, will be televised on ESPN2 on May 20, 21 and 22.
Among the international Olympians on the roster are Catalina Ponor (Romania), Anna Pavlova (Russia), Oksana Chusovitina (Uzbekistan), Lisa Mason, Marissa King and Sam Oldham (Great Britain), Nathan Gafuik (Canada), Tommy Ramos (Puerto Rico), Jade Barbosa (Brazil), Jessica Lopez (Venezuela), and Nathalia Sanchez and Jessica Gil Ortiz (Colombia).
U.S. Olympians on the roster include Danell Leyva, Jonathan Horton, Jake Dalton, Chellsie Memmel, Justin Spring and Sean Townsend.
Botterman Kolarik, the 2011 NCAA all-around champion, shared with IG Online her thoughts on the PGC, and what awaits the event’s competitors and audiences.