For American artistic gymnasts still hopeful of making it to Tokyo this summer, the path to a berth in the Olympic trials may pass through Fort Worth. Top male and female competitors will compete in the U.S. Gymnastics Championships at Dickies Arena June 3-6, with the top finishers in the annual event earning a spot in the Olympic Trials later in the month in St. Louis, Missouri.
North Texas has long been a gymnastics hotbed, and fans will have an opportunity to see past, present and future Olympians over the four days. Simone Biles and Sam Mikulak have each won the all-around at the past two national championships, in 2018 and 2019 (the pandemic prevented this event from being held in 2020). Each has taken that title a record six times and they are both expected to compete again.
Women’s qualifying for the event concluded this past weekend in Indianapolis at the GK U.S. Classic where Ava Siegfeldt secured the final berth in a field of 30 gymnasts. Men’s competitors earned spots via February’s Winter Cup, the NCAA Championships and through prior performances.
Tickets already purchased for the 2020 events, originally planned to be held in Fort Worth, will be valid for the new event dates. New single- and multi-session tickets are also now on sale via Ticketmaster. No restrictions have been placed on capacity, but the facility’s health protocols will still be followed.
Both junior- and senior-level competitions will be held. The junior gymnasts occupy the afternoon sessions each day. You might well see some of these top rising stars in the 2024 Paris Olympics. Senior-level men will have their first rounds on Thursday and Saturday nights. Their female counterparts are showcased Friday and Sunday evenings. NBC Sports Network will televise the first three days of senior-level competition. Sunday’s women’s finals will air on the NBC broadcast network (KXAS NBC-5 locally in Fort Worth). FloGymnastics will carry the junior events, Tuesday and Wednesday podium training, and international coverage of the senior events.
2021 will mark the fourth time for a Texas city to host the event, and the second for North Texas. Houston hosted in 1988 and also staged the men’s competition in 2008. Dallas’s American Airlines Center played host to both men and women in 2009.
USA Gym Broadcast Schedule
- Sr. Men's Session 1: Thursday, June 3 | Live on NBC SN 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. CST
- Sr. Women's Session 1: Friday, June 4 | Live on NBC SN 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. CST
- Sr. Men's Final Session: Saturday, June 5 | Live on NBC SN 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST
Delay NBC Sun 4-6 p.m. CST
- Sr. Women's Final Session: Sunday, June 6 | Live NBC 6-8 p.m. CST