Los Angeles School of Gymnastics presents, Olympians and Top Athletes from Around the World Compete at World Renowned Rhythmic Gymnastics Competition in Jan 2013

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Los Angeles School of Gymnastics hosts more than 200 Gymnasts will Compete at the 2013 LA Lights Rhythmic Gymnastics Tournament of Champions. http://www.LALightsMeet.com

This event is the largest multi-level competition in the world, drawing top gymnasts from around the globe.

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Sponsored by Los Angeles School of Gymnastics (LASG) (http://www.lagymnastics.com) and sanctioned by the International Gymnastics Federation (IGF), the 2013 LA Lights Tournament of Champions is the nation’s largest and most prestigious gymnastics event.

2013 LA Lights is scheduled for Jan 26-27, 2013 starting at 8am to 8pm at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium at 4117 Overland Ave in Culver City at more than 200 top gymnasts from USA, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Puerto Rico, Armenia, China and Canada will participate in this event.

Some of the top gymnasts include Lubov Charkashyna, (All-Around Bronze Medalist from the 2012 Summer Olympic Games and the 2011 World Championship Bronze Medalist), Melitina Staniouta (who competed in the 2012 Summer Olympic Gamesand ranks #6 on the 2011 World Champion List), Aliaksandra Narkevich (who competed in the 2012 Summer Olympic Gamesand ranks #14 on the 2011 World Champion List), Anna Bessonova (2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist) as well as LASG gymnasts Heather Chan, Shirley Gon-Gibbs and Elizabeth Petrosyan (2012 VISA USA National Qualifiers).

“This event is the largest multi-level competition in the world, drawing top gymnasts from around the globe and culminates in a dramatic awards ceremony and gymnastics celebration,” said Tanya Berenson, General Manager of LASG.

“Given this following the great success of gymnastics after the Olympic year, all gymnasts are gearing up for their top performances with new rules and policies.”

LA Lights 2013 (http://www.LALightsMeet.com) is the first and only event in the U.S. and one of only 12 in the gymnastics global community to be approved by the Federation Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG). Recognize by the International Olympic Committee and its officials as the oldest of international sport federations, FIG is the supreme authority on international gymnastics.

The LA Lights Tournament of Champions serves as the primary route for major international tournaments including the World Championship and the Olympic Games.

*The 2013 LA Lights competitor list below is broken down by gymnasium and location.

United States
Bala Gymnastics (BLG) – Bala, PA: 5 Competitors
Balis Gymnastics (BAG) – Los Angeles, CA: 9 Competitors
Bright Stars Gymnastics (BRS) – Glendale, CA: 4 Competitors
Burlo Gymnastics (BURL) – Chatsworth, CA: 20 competitors
Champion Rhythmics (CHR) – San Diego, CA: 7 competitors
Emerald City Academy of Rhythmic Gymnastics (EMC) – Coronado, CA: 12 competitors
Eurogymnastics (EUR) – Irvine, CA: 4 competitors
Grace Rhythmics (GRR) – Sherman Oaks, CA: 14 competitors
JAG (JAG) – Culver City, CA: 8 competitors
LA Ritmica (LARI) – Culver City, CA: 6 competitors
Los Angeles School of Gymnastics (LAL) – Culver City, CA- 20 competitors
Miami Gymnastics and Dance Academy (MIG) - N Miami Beach, FL: 15 competitors
Nino's Rhythmic Club (NIN) – San Francisco, CA: 19 competitors
North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center (NSR) – Glenview IL: 1 competitor
Rhythmic Dreams (RHD) – Newton, MA: 6 competitors
Rhythmic Pearls (RHP) – Van Nuys, CA: 8 competitors
San Diego Rhythmic Gymnastics Academy (SAD) – San Diego, CA: 7 competitors
So Cal Rhythmic (SOC) – Encinitas, CA: 10 competitors
Twister Sports (TWS) – Mountain View, CA: 4 competitors

Belarus Gymnastics Association (BLR) - Minsk BLR: 5 competitors
Club Elite Rhythmics (CER) - Vancouver BC CAN: 3 competitors
Olympic Junior School of Russia (RUS) - Kirovsk RUS: 3 competitors
Planet Rhythmics (PLR) - Vancouver BC CAN: 7 competitors
Questo Rhythmic Gymnastics Club (QRC) - Montreal Quebec CAN: 3 competitors
Russia (RUSS) RUS: 17 competitors
Stockport Rhythmic (STRH) - Cheshire England UK: 14 competitors
Ukraine Team (UKR) - Kiev UKR: 3 competitors
Zhong Ling RG Club (ZHL) - Hai Dian District Beijing CHN: 2 competitors

LASG, the nation’s leader in gymnastics industry, is headed by Executive Director Alla Svirsky – a four-time Olympic Coach and a USA Gymnastics Inductee to the Hall of Fame. After years of dedication, coach Svirsky pioneered rhythmic gymnastics in the United States through the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. This was the first sanctioned Olympic Games for rhythmic gymnastics and Svirsky was acclaimed as the first Olympic coach for the sport.

About Los Angeles School of Gymnastics (LASG)
LASG, an Olympic quality training center, is a nonprofit corporation, is considered among the top training facilities in the county, which has been training Los Angeles youth since 1975. Led by four time Olympic coach Alla Svirsky, LASG has provided thousands of young athletes with quality gymnastics instruction and has produced several Olympians and Internationally ranked athletes. Visit: http://www.LAGymnastics.com

About 2013 L.A. Lights Rhythmic Gymnastics Invitational
LA Lights is one of the largest rhythmic gymnastics events in the nation. Sanctioned by the Federation Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) and USA Gymnastics Federation, the tournament hosts hundreds of the world’s most divers and competitive athletes in rhythmic gymnastics, including world champions from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, USA and many more. Visit http://www.LALightsMeet.com for more information.

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