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World champion Biles expected to compete at 2016 Pacific Rim Championships

INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 17, 2015 – Three-time World all-around champion Simone Biles of Houston/World Champions Centre, will lead Team USA at the 2016 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships at the XFINITY Arena at Everett (Wash.), April 8-10. The remaining U.S. athletes and the international field for the Pac Rim Championships will be announced in 2016.

“2016 is going to be an important year for USA Gymnastics and all of our athletes,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “We are Rio Ready and looking forward to some exciting moments throughout the journey. The Pacific Rim Championships is an important event on our calendar and will be true showcase for some of the world’s best gymnasts.”

In 2015, Biles became the first woman to win three back-to-back World all-around titles, as well as to win 10 career World gold medals. Biles, who has dominated women’s gymnastics since 2013, is also a three-time U.S. all-around champion.

The three-day Pac Rim Championships is expected to feature approximately 300 gymnasts from more than 14 Pac Rim countries, competing in men’s and women’s gymnastics, trampoline and rhythmic gymnastics. All-session tickets include all six sessions at the XFINITY Arena for men’s and women’s gymnastics and trampoline and range in price from $275-$125. Tickets may be purchased at the XFINITY Arena Box Office charge by phone 1-866-332-8499 or Group tickets are also available at a discount by contacting Xfinity Arena at (425) 322-2600. Discounted tickets are also available through local gym clubs that participate in the Club Ticket Sales Program.

The competition schedule for XFINITY Arena is listed below.
April 8

  • 1:30 p.m. – Subdivision 1: Men’s gymnastics team and all-around finals, and women’s trampoline team finals and individual preliminaries
  • 7 p.m. – Subdivision 2: Men’s team and all-around finals, and men’s trampoline team finals and individual preliminaries

April 9

  • 1:30 p.m. – Subdivision 1: Women’s gymnastics team and all-around finals, and junior men’s and women’s trampoline finals
  • 7 p.m. – Subdivision 2: Women’s gymnastics team and all-around finals, and senior men’s and women’s trampoline finals

April 10

  • 12 p.m. – Junior men’s and women’s gymnastics individual event finals
  • 6 p.m. – Senior men’s and women’s gymnastics individual event finals

Tickets for rhythmic gymnastics, which will be held at the Walt Price Student Fitness Center at Everett Community College, are not included in the all-around ticket package and will go on sale closer to the event. The rhythmic gymnastics competition schedule is: April 8-9, 2 p.m. – team and all-around finals (two events per day); and April 10, 1 p.m. – junior and senior individual event finals.

The competition schedules are subject to change.

The team competition format for all disciplines is a mixture of junior and senior level athletes. The medalists for both team and the all-around, as well as qualifiers for event finals, for men’s, women’s and rhythmic gymnastics are determined during the team competition. For trampoline, the first day of competition determines which athletes advance to the finals. The top eight in the rankings advance to the finals, and a maximum of two athletes per country are eligible to advance to the individual event finals.

The 2012 Pac Rim medalists included several Olympic medalists: Gabrielle Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va./Buckeye Gymnastics, Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo, Calif./Gym-Max, and Jordyn Wieber of DeWitt, Mich./Geddert’s Twistars, 2012 gold medalists in women’s gymnastics; and Rosannagh Maclennan, 2012 gold, and Karen Cockburn, 2008 silver, both of Canada, in trampoline. Olympians who medaled at the Pac Rim Championships in 2012 include: Jake Dalton of Reno, Nev./Team Hilton HHonors (University of Oklahoma), Sam Mikulak of Newport Coast, Calif./Team Hilton HHonors (University of Michigan), men’s gymnastics; Julie Zetlin of the USA and Janine Murray of Australia, rhythmic gymnastics; and Steven Gluckstein and Savannah Vinsant of the USA, Jason Burnett of Canada, Blake Gaudry of Australia, and Victoria Voronina of Russia, trampoline.

In addition to the 2012 and 2016 Pacific Rim Championships, the Seattle area has held three other major gymnastics events: the gymnastics competition at the 1990 Goodwill Games was staged in Tacoma, and Seattle was the site for the 1995 American Cup and 1973 women’s national championships.

Held every two years, the Pacific Rim Championships traditionally feature gymnasts from Australia, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Singapore and the United States. NBC Sports will televise action from the Pacific Rim Championships. Past sites include: 2014, Richmond, B.C., Canada; 2012, Everett, Wash.; 2010, Melbourne, Australia; 2008, San Jose, Calif.; and 2006, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Background information

  • XFINITY Arena at Everett. The XFINITY Arena at Everett, recipient of the International Association of Venue Manager’s (IAVM) prestigious Venue Excellence Award 2010, was developed by the Everett Public Facilities District. The 10,000-seat venue hosts a myriad of events including concerts, ice skating and family shows. The facility is also home to the Everett Silvertips, a Western Hockey League franchise, and the venue accommodates other sporting events such as basketball, volleyball and international skating competitions. Spectra is a major provider of sports and entertainment hospitality services in Washington. One or more of the divisions is at work supporting 15 Washington venues and events, including Washington State University and Gonzaga.

  • Spectra by Comcast Spectacor. Spectra by Comcast Spectacor is the expert in hosting and entertainment, partnering with over 300 clients at 400 global properties to create memorable experiences for millions of visitors every year. Spectra’s expertise is embodied within three divisions: Venue Management (formerly Global Spectrum), Food Services & Hospitality (formerly Ovations Food Services), and Ticketing & Fan Engagement (formerly Paciolan). Learn more at Comcast Spectacor is part of Comcast Corporation, a Fortune 50 media and technology company that operates Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, in addition to Spectra, Comcast Spectacor owns and operates the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers and the Wells Fargo Center venue. Visit us at,, and for more information.

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