Gymnastics invitational tumbles into downtown
The largest gymnastics competition in the state is coming to Grand Rapids this weekend, bringing 2,000 gymnasts along with it.
Gymnasts and spectators will come from across the Midwest to take part in the fifth annual Gymnastics on the Grand Invitational, which is sanctioned by USA Gymnastics. More than 50 teams will participate during the weekend.
The competition is being held Dec. 5-7 at DeVos Place Convention Center.
Making a special appearance again this year will be Carly Patterson, the 2004 Olympic all-around champion and member of the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame. Patterson will meet fans and sign autographs throughout the weekend.
This also marks the fifth year the event will partner with the Special Olympics of West Michigan.
The Special Olympians will show off their gymnastics skills in an exhibition performance on Sunday, Dec. 7.
“Special Olympics Michigan is thrilled to be a part of this great event for another year,” said Ashley Diersch, marketing and development director for Special Olympics in southwest Michigan. “Being a part of the invitational has provided our gymnasts opportunities and experiences that they will never forget.”
Event finals will follow the Special Olympics exhibition, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. It will include gymnasts with the highest scores from the previous day.
“My gymnasts love this meet, not only because of its top-notch facility, but because they can show their hometown what they’ve been working so hard to accomplish,” said Shane Uson, owner and head coach of Grand Rapids Gymnastics.
More information and a schedule are available here.