Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) December 20, 2013
The annual LA Lights Tournament of Rhythmic Gymnastics Champions, presented by Los Angeles School of Gymnastics, features top athletes from the United States and around the world during a 3-day tournament.
Headed by Executive Director Alla Svirsky, Los Angeles School of Gymnastics is the nation’s unparalleled leader in the gymnastics industry. Svirsky, the Gymnastics Hall of Fame member and four-time Olympic coach, has been working with Tanya Berenson, Meet Manager and General Manager, to make sure the 2014 LA Lights competition truly highlights the world’s best gymnasts.
“We are thrilled to once again to present LA Lights – the amazing dedication, hard work and raw talent that these young women possess is incredible,” Berenson said. “They are the best in the world, here to compete and showcase their high degree of athletic skill.”
This year’s tournament includes two-time national champion Jessica Krushen, coming back to rhythmic gymnastics after a six-year hiatus. Krushen won the national Novice championship in 2000 and the Canadian title in 2003.
Melitina Staniouta (who competed in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games and ranks #6 on the 2011 World Champion List), will also be showcasing her talents, along with other top Olympians from across the globe.
Competitor Viktoria Mazur closed at 4th place all around in the 2013 World Championships and with her teammate Alina Maximenko(who was the favorite going into the 2013 season and headed to the Olympics) making an unexpected retirement announcement just weeks before the LA Lights Tournament, it's anybody's game at the event.
Also heating up the line-up is Ukrainian powerhouse coaches Albina & Irina Deruigina whose headliner, Mazur, will compete against their archrival, Tamara Yerofeeva, Olympian and World Champion gymnast, for the first time in course history. At 32, Yerofeeva, will be performing at the event gala and showcasing her club competitors to make this event a real nail-biting competition as these two internationally acclaimed coaches showcase to the world what their team is made of.
Another top competitor is Heather Chan, Los Angeles School of Gymnastics’ very own member of the United States national team. Chan is moving from the junior division last year and showcasing her position in the first international competitive appearance she will be performing in as a senior this year. Chan is slated to take a position on the USA National Team and the LA Lights Tournament will be the opening gate for the race to win and establish placement globally at the event.
"The field has definitely changed this year,” said Berenson, the LASG’s Administrative Director, event manager and former Junior Olympian. “With the new rules and policies, many top contenders retired and several juniors that are very talented moving into the pool of top competition, it's really anyone's take this year."
Members from the following teams/countries are slated to attend the LA Lights Tournament of Rhythmic Gymnastics Champions: USA National Team, Sweden National Team, Ukraine National Team, Russia National Team, Belarus National Team, Puerto Rico National Team, Canada National Team, Mexico National Team, Australia National Team, New Zealand, Finland, Armenia National Team.
For a complete list of the competitors, please visit the LA Lights event website.
The athlete entries have sold out resulting in committee members adding an unexpected 3rd day of competition on Friday, January 23, 2014. There are already multiple clubs on the wait list. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please contact Tanya Berenson at Tanya(at)lagymnastics(dot)com. To purchase tickets, please visit the LA Lights Tournament of Champions official event website online at http://www.lalightsmeet.com.
About Los Angeles School of Gymnastics (LASG)
LASG, an Olympic-quality training center, is a nonprofit corporation that is considered among the top training facilities in the county. 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. For more information, please visit http://www.LAGymnastics.com.
About 2014 LA 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.