P&G Gymnastics Championships Head to Hartford

Gymnasts and fans will flock to Hartford later this month for the P&G Gymnastics Championships, held in conjunction with the 49th Annual USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show.

The championships will take place Aug. 15 to 18 at the XL Center and will feature competitions and activities throughout the weekend.

An array of events are open to the public, including 6:30 a.m. morning fitness sessions Thursday and Friday, a historical display detailing 50 years of USA gymnastics history, a Fitness Zone to teach children healthy exercise habits and local restaurant specials.

As part of the Capital City’s Taste of the Championships, six Hartford restaurants will provide special menus Friday and Saturday.

Participating restaurants include Agave, City Steam Brewery Café, DISH Bar & Grill, Feng Asian Bistro, Max Downtown and Salute.

Ten additional eateries are offering 20-percent discounts to championship ticket holders as part of the "Lets Eat" offfer. For more information, visit PGchamps.com.

And what would this prestigious competition be without the world-famous athletes who brought home the gold?

On Saturday night, the entire 2012 U.S. gymnastics Olympic team, including the Fierce Five, will reunite to celebrate their achievements in London last year.

The 2007 Women’s World Championships team and members of the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame will also be praised.

"We will be recognizing the individuals and athletes who have built our success," said USA Gymnastics president Steve Perry, in a release.

The USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show, held concurrently, will include three days of presentations, demonstrations, seminars and exhibitions open to members of the gymnastics community.

Tickets for the championship are on sale now.

Single-session tickets, multi-session packages and all-session tickets are available for purchase at ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be picked up directly at the XL Center Public Power Ticket Office. For group tickets, call 860-548-2000.

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