This floor performance by Danell Leyva at last year’s Winter Cup set him on a course toward participating in the Olympic Trials. This year’s Winter Cup could result in gymnasts moving toward the National Championship competition.
February 7-9 at the Las Vegas Sports Center, four USA Olympic gymnasts will compete, as well as thirty-five collegiate gymnasts and thirteen members of the U.S. junior national team. Five of the collegiate gymnasts are already on the senior national team. In addition to Danell, the Olympic competitors will be Jonathan Horton, Jake Dalton, and Sam Mikulak.
Just how important is this competition? Read this from wintercupchallenge.com:
Performances at the 2013 Winter Cup Challenge will help determine the 15 men who will comprise the U.S. Men’s Senior National Team through the 2013 U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Hartford, Conn., Aug. 15-18. The eight members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic squad retain their spots on the national team. The remaining seven spots will be determined based on the following criteria: the top two ranked all-around athletes who are not already on the senior national team; two based on the National Team Points System; two athletes selected by the Men’s Program Committee; and one selected by the national team coordinator.