SPOKANE, Wash. -- The trampoline and tumbling 2014 US Elite Challenge was set to begin Thursday at the Spokane Convention Center, with trampoline events propelling athletes 30 feet in the air.
The three-day event, which wraps up June 14, showcases the USA's best in men's and women's trampoline, tumbling, synchronized trampoline and double mini-trampoline.
The US Elite Challenge is the first major event USA Gymnastics has held in Spokane, bringing more than 1,000 athletes to the area. Spokespeople for the event expected it would generate more than $1 million in economic impact.
In addition to the junior and senior elite levels, the U.S. Elite Challenge also includes athletes competing in Level 10 and Youth Elite and Open Elite. The U.S. representatives for trampoline for the Youth Olympic Games are expected to be determined following the U.S. Elite Challenge, and athletes are also vying for spots to the selection camp this fall for the 2014 World Championships and World Age Group Competitions, scheduled for Daytona Beach, Fla., in November.
At the Spokane Convention Center, Elite competition begins on Thursday with synchronized trampoline titles up for grabs, starting at 7:15 p.m.
Elite finals in each of the different events are scheduled for Saturday, June 14, beginning at 6 p.m. Available at the door, tickets are $40 for all-session tickets or $15 a day. For a complete schedule, click here.