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2014 World Cup Gymnastics This Weekend 

2014 WORLD CUP GYMNASTICS THIS WEEKEND

The 2014 Glasgow World Cup Gymnastics will take place this Saturday 6 December in the fantastic Emirates Arena. 

Glasgow has experienced a year like no other and in many ways this World Cup is the perfect way to end an historic 12 months. 

The 2014 Glasgow World Cup also brings to a close a sensational year for gymnastics from the European Championships held in Bulgaria in May to the Games in the summer and World Championships in China in October, the sport of gymnastics has toured the globe with outstanding displays from the awe-inspiring top gymnasts.

Next year is looking to be another great year for both the city and the sport when Glasgow will host the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships in the SSE Hydro. The 10 day event will see more than 500 artistic gymnasts from 80 nations compete to become world champion and secure their place among the legends of the sport. As an added incentive, the championships will serve as a qualification event for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

After the Stuttgart World Cup took place on the weekend (29th – 30th November) the list of gymnasts set to compete in the 2014 Glasgow World Cup have now been finalised. 

Forming part of the new line-up is Great Britain’s Georgina Hockenhull who will replace teammate Rebecca Tunney. Georgina took team and beam bronze in Glasgow at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Great Britain’s James Hall is the final name on the men’s list who was the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic team and floor champion with Germany’s Helge Liebrich replacing teammate Fabian Hambuchen. 

Councillor Archie Graham, Chair of Glasgow Life, said: “This year’s event sold-out in record time and this is undoubtedly thanks to the outstanding success of last year’s World Cup and the incredible success of the gymnastics competition at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.  

"Glasgow has longstanding relationship with the sport and thanks to our strong partnership with British Gymnastics we will continue to deliver on the world-class standard of competition that is now expected by spectators at these events. Nowhere will this be more apparent than at the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships next year, when we will continue to demonstrate why Glasgow is one of the world’s top ten sporting cities.”

The Final Line Up

Men
John Orozco, 20, USA 2013 World Championship parallel bars bronze Oleg Verniaiev, 21, Ukraine 2014 Parallel Bars World Champion Yusuke Tanaka, 24, Japan 2014 World Championship all-around bronze & Olympic team silver Sergio Sasaki Junior, 22, Brazil 10th all-around at the 2012 Olympic Games Helge Liebrich, 26, Germany 2014 German vault silver medallist Yuya Kamoto, 20, Japan 2010 Youth Olympic All-around champion Frank Baines, 19, Great Britain 2014 Commonwealth Games team silver for Scotland James Hall, 19, Great Britain 2013 Australian Youth Olympic team and floor champion

Women
Larisa Andreea Iordache, 18, Romania 2014 World all-around silver medallist Vanessa Ferarri, 24, Italy 2006 all-around World Champion and two time Olympian Georgina Hockenhull, 17, Great Britain 2014 Commonwealth double bronze medallist Team Wales Elsabeth Black, 19, Canada 2012 Olympian and Commonwealth beam champion Erika Fasana, 18, Italy 2012 Olympian Mai Murakami, 18, Japan 2013 World Championships 4th on floor Jessica Lopez, 28, Venezuela 2008 & 2012 Olympian, Pauline Schaefer, 17,GER, member of the Germany team that placed 4th at 2014 European Championships. 



Glasgow World Cup Line Up Unveiled​


The line up for the Glasgow World Cup Gymnastics has been announced. 

The event, which is taking place in the Emirates Arena on Saturday 6th December, sold out in record time this year when sports fans rushed to get their hands on tickets for the popular competition. 

The 2014 Glasgow World cup brings to a close a sensational year for Glasgow after the city hosted the best ever Commonwealth Games. It also brings to an end an amazing year for gymnastics. From the European Championships held in Bulgaria in May to the Games in the summer and World Championships in China in October, the sport of gymnastics has toured the globe with outstanding displays from the awe-inspiring top gymnasts.

The journey carries on to next year when Glasgow will host the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships in the SSE Hydro. The 10 day event will see more than 500 artistic gymnasts from 80 nations compete to become world champion and secure their place among the legends of the sport. As an added incentive, the championships will serve as a qualification event for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

This December’s Glasgow World Cup in the Emirates Arena will see many of the very top gymnasts in action. 

Leading the way on the men’s side will be Germany's Fabien Hambuechen, a powerhouse of international gymnastics the double-Olympic medal winner has nine World Championship and eleven European Championship medals spanning back to 2006. Fighting “Fabi” for the title will be the likes of Ukrainian parallel bars World Champion and reigning Glasgow World Cup winner Oleg Verniaiev along with American World medallist John Orozco and 2014 World Championship all-around bronze medal winner Yusuke Tanaka of Japan. Britain is represented by Scottish Commonwealth Games team silver medal winner Frank Baines.

In the women’s event reigning champion Larissa Iordache of Romania is back to defend her crown, the Olympic bronze medallist has an incredible three world and 11 European medals to her name. Chasing Larissa will be Italian veteran Vanessa Ferrari whose career has seen her win the all-around World title back in 2006 and take her fourth European gold this year on the floor with Canada’s Commonwealth Games beam champion Elisabeth Black also a likely contender for the title. 

Team GB’s 2012 Olympian and 2014 British Champion and European team silver medal winner Rebecca Tunney returns from injury to compete for GBR and will be aiming to make her mark.

Glasgow Life, which operates the Emirates Arena, has worked alongside British Gymnastics and EventScotland and UK Sport to bring the prestigious tournament to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games venue over the past three years.

Scottish gymnast, Frank Baines, said: “I’m really looking forward to being back in Glasgow and back competing in front of the home crowd. The experience at the Commonwealth Games in the summer is one I’ll never forget and I know the fans at the World Cup will be just as supportive. To test myself against the world’s best is a big challenge and definitely one I’m up for – I can’t wait.”

The Glasgow World Cup is one of the most prestigious events in the gymnastics calendar and sees the world’s best male and female gymnasts in competition. Olympic, World and European medal winners will compete in an action packed, non-stop event with the best gymnasts over all the pieces of gymnastics apparatus coming out on top.


The Gymnasts

  • John Orozco, 20, USA 2013 World Championship parallel bars bronze
  • Oleg Verniaiev, 21, Ukraine 2014 Parallel Bars World Champion
  • Yusuke Tanaka, 24, Japan 2014 World Championship all-around bronze & Olympic team silver
  • Sergio Sasaki Junior, 22, Brazil 10th all-around at the 2012 Olympic Games
  • Fabien Hambuechen, 27, Germany 2007 World high bar champion and six time European champion
  • Yuya Kamoto, 20, Japan 2010 Youth Olympic All-around champion
  • Frank Baines, 19, Great Britain 2014 Commonwealth Games team silver for Scotland

  • Larisa Andreea Iordache, 17, Romania 2014 World all-around silver medallist
  • Vanessa Ferarri, 23, Italy 2006 all-around World Champion and two time Olympian
  • Rebecca Tunney, 18, Great Britain 2012 Olympian and 2014 British senior all-around champion
  • Elsabeth Black, 19, Canada 2012 Olympian and Commonwealth beam champion
  • Erika Fasana, 18, Italy 2012 Olympian
  • Mai Murakami, 18, Japan 2013 World Championships 4th on floor
  • Jessica Lopez, 28, Venezuela 2008 & 2012 Olympian 
  • Ana Maria Ocolisan, 16, Romania 2014 World Championships team 4th

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2014 World Cup Gymnastics - sold out in record time​


The 2014 Glasgow World Cup Gymnastics has sold out in record time – over a month before the event takes place. 

Sports fans rushed to get their hands on tickets for the competition, which is being held at the Emirates Arena on Saturday 6th December, even before the line-up of gymnasts who will be competing has been revealed. 

Organisers confirmed that over 5500 tickets have been sold since tickets went on sale. 

Glasgow Life, which operates the Emirates Arena, has worked alongside British Gymnastics and EventScotland and UK Sport to bring the prestigious tournament to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games venue over the past three years.

Councillor Archie Graham, Chair of Glasgow Life, said: “I’m delighted, but not surprised, that the Glasgow World Cup has sold out so quickly.  Last year’s event was an outstanding success and so was the gymnastics competition at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. With some of the world’s best gymnasts returning to the city once again, the 2014 event promises to be another resounding success. 

"Glasgow has longstanding relationship with Gymnastics and as a city we continue to set the bar high. The 2015 World Gymnastics Championships is taking place in the city next year and with the biggest names in gymnastics set to go for gold ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games it is easy to see why Glasgow is regarded as one of the top ten sporting cities in the world.” 


Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said: “Scotland is the perfect stage for events, and with the Glasgow Gymnastics World Cup selling out once again, it is clear that there is a huge appetite and enthusiasm for sporting events in the city.

The Glasgow World Cup competition format will offer spectators non-stop action throughout a single mixed session between 1.00pm and 4.30pm on Saturday 6th December 2014.

The 8 highest ranked male and female gymnasts in the world will compete across a range of apparatus. 

For the men, competition takes place in 6 discipline – floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and the horizontal bar

The women's competition takes place across 4 disciplines – vault, uneven bars, beam and floor

Those who missed out on tickets can be added to a waiting list for any returns by calling 0141 353 8000.

For more information on the event visit the website: www.glasgowworldcup.com ​



2013 Glasgow World Cup - a success​ all round

Scotland’s Dan Purvis earned his second medal in six days in Glasgow at the weekend – then revealed he has one eye on more success at the Commonwealth Games.

The gymnast picked up silver at the 2013 Glasgow World Cup in front of a sold-out 5,500 crowd at the Emirates Arena on Saturday. This was added to the bronze Purvis claimed in the Stuttgart round of the World Cup series the previous weekend.

The 23-year-old had led the way through most of the competition in front of a roaring home crowd. But Ukranian star Oleg Verniaiev clawed his way back and took gold with a narrow points victory in the final routine.

Purvis was delighted with the performance and has sights on a return to action at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

He said: “It was a really good competition and a great battle between me and Verniaiev. He is a brilliant gymnast and I really enjoyed fighting it out with him to the end.

“The crowd were amazing, showing so much support for everyone. Competing in front of a home crowd is always special and with the Commonwealth Games and World Championships (2015) to come I’m really looking forward to competing in Glasgow again in the future.

“Overall it’s been a good year for me and to end with silver from this World Cup and bronze from last weekend is a good way to finish 2013.”

The women’s competition also went down to the wire, with 17-year-old Larisa Iordache, of Romania, eventually taking the Glasgow crown from reigning champion, Elizabeth Price, from the USA.

Meanwhile, Italian Vanessa Ferrari earned bronze and British teenagers Ruby Harrold and Raer Theaker claimed 7th and 8th spots respectively. 

Andriy Likhovitskiy, of Belarus, took the bronze in the men’s competition, with Brit Sam Oldham in 7th.

The men’s competition included six routines on the floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars, and horizontal bar, while the women’s comprised of the vault, uneven bars, beam and floor.

Purvis got off to a flier and topped the men’s leaderboard after the first four routines, but Ukrainian Verniaiev peaked on his strongest apparatus, the parallel bars, and also scored high on the final horizontal bar routine.

Glasgow Life, which operates the Emirates Arena, worked alongside British Gymnastics and EventScotland to bring the prestigious tournament to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games venue over the past two years.

Councillor Archie Graham, Chair of Glasgow Life and Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, said: “Congratulations to Dan on deservedly winning a silver medal in front of a home crowd, and also to all the other incredibly talented gymnasts who put on a phenomenal show for thousands of spectators.

“We are proud to have hosted such a prestigious competition in the city once again and I look forward to it returning next year. Of course, we will also warmly welcome back those who go on to star at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games next summer.

“The following year Glasgow has the honour of hosting the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships and preparations are already well underway to guarantee the event is equally as successful as the Glasgow World Cup.”
   

Final names confirmed for 2013 Glasgow World Cup

Great Britain’s Raer Theaker and Germany's 2012 Olympian Andreas Toba have been confirmed as the final competitors to complete the star studded line-up of gymnasts for the 2013 Glasgow World Cup.

16-year-old Raer is one of Britain’s most promising young stars competing in her first year as a senior and is excited about the prospect of competing in Glasgow, saying: “I'm really excited to compete against some of the best gymnasts in the world and to be in front of a passionate home crowd, I think it will be good experience for me for future competitions and I hope to do well to end the year on a high. It is a great honour to be competing for GB in Glasgow; I competed there last year in the Northern European Championships and the crowd were so supportive, I have learnt a lot this year about preparing for big events so it will be good to put it into practice – I can’t wait.”

Full line up 

Women
Vanessa Ferrari (ITA) - 2006 World Champion (all-around) and two time Olympian  
Elizabeth Price (USA) - Two-time 2012 World Cup Champion (Stuttgart & Glasgow)
Ruby Harrold (GBR) - 2013 World Championships finalist (uneven bars)
Carlotta Ferlito (ITA) - 2011 European silver medallist (beam) and 2012 Olympian
Roxana Popa Nedlecu (ESP) - 6th at the 2013 European Championships  (all-around)
Asuka Teramoto (JPN) - 2013 Tokyo World Cup Champion (all-around)
Larisa Iordache (ROU) - Team bronze at the 2012 Olympic Games & 2013 European Beam Champion 
Raer Theaker (GBR) - Represented GBR at the 2012 Junior European Championships


Men
Oleg Verniaiev (UKR) - Bronze medallist, 2013 European Championships (all-around) 
Andre Likhovitskiy (BLR) - 4th at the 2013 European Championships (high bar)
Fabian Gonzalez (ESP) - 9th at the London 2012 Olympic Games (all-around)
Daniel Purvis (GBR) - Team bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games and 2011 Glasgow World Cup Champion 
John Orozco (USA) - Bronze medallist at the 2013 World Championships (parallel bars)
Sam Oldham (GBR) - Team bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games
Masayoshi Yamamoto (JPN) - 6th at the 2013 Japan Championships (high bar)
Andreas Toba (GER) - Member of the German London 2012 Olympic team


2013 Glasgow World Cup gymnasts announced

Britain’s finest artistic gymnasts will take on the world’s best at the 2013 Glasgow World Cup as the full line-ups reveal a star-studded cast of competitors for the event on December 7th at Emirates Arena. 

Leading the British campaign for World Cup glory will be Scotsman Daniel Purvis and his Olympic team bronze medal winning compatriot Sam Oldham, whilst on the women’s side Ruby Harrold one of the most talked about gymnasts on the world scene, will aim to end her year on a high note.

Facing up to the British contingent will be the 2012 World Cup champion Elizabeth Price, who returns with US teammate and World Championship parallel bars bronze medal winner John Orozco. Two-time Olympian and former all-around World Champion Vanessa Ferrari from Italy and Romania’s 17 year old sensation Larisa Iordache will also be ones to watch out for in the women’s event. The men’s field will also include the 2013 European all-around bronze medal winner Oleg Verniaiev of Ukraine and Belarus’s Andre Likhovitskiy, who placed 4th on high bar, just behind Sam Oldham at the 2013 European Championships.

Dan Purvis is looking forward to being back on home soil and competing in front of a passionate Scottish crowd ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games,

“I’m so happy to be competing in the Glasgow World Cup once again in my home country, it’s going to be a great atmosphere like last year I’m sure. It’s also great to have the event ahead of the Commonwealth Games next year; hopefully it will get everybody in the spirit.”

The all-around competition sees the male gymnasts compete across six apparatus and the women over four, with every routine counting to the final total. The event takes place on the 7th of December at Emirates Arena, Glasgow, with a new compact competition format that offers spectators non-stop action throughout a single mixed session between 1.00pm and 5.00pm.  

Full line up 

Women
Vanessa Ferrari (ITA) - 2006 World Champion (all-around) and two time Olympian  
Elizabeth Price (USA) - Two-time 2012 World Cup Champion (Stuttgart & Glasgow)
Ruby Harrold (GBR) - 2013 World Championships finalist (uneven bars)
Carlotta Ferlito (ITA) - 2011 European silver medallist (beam) and 2012 Olympian
Roxana Popa Nedlecu (ESP) - 6th at the 2013 European Championships  (all-around)
Asuka Teramoto (JPN) - 2013 Tokyo World Cup Champion (all-around)
Larisa Iordache (ROU) - Team bronze at the 2012 Olympic Games & 2013 European Beam Champion 

Men
Oleg Verniaiev (UKR) - Bronze medallist, 2013 European Championships (all-around) 
Andre Likhovitskiy (BLR) - 4th at the 2013 European Championships (high bar)
Fabian Gonzalez (ESP) - 9th at the London 2012 Olympic Games (all-around)
Daniel Purvis (GBR) - Team bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games and 2011 Glasgow World Cup Champion 
John Orozco (USA) - Bronze medallist at the 2013 World Championships (parallel bars)
Sam Oldham (GBR) - Team bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games
Masayoshi Yamamoto (JPN) - 6th at the 2013 Japan Championships (high bar)

*The 8th competitors for both the men and the women will be announced next week. 


New format & ticket release date announced

7th March 2013

Tickets for the 2013 Glasgow World Cup Gymnastics will go on sale 4th April 2013 and spectators can look forward to a new, compact event format. 

Following a hugely successful sold out event in 2012, demand for tickets for the 7th December round at the Emirates Arena expected to rocket with a new non-stop action format. 

The world's top 8 male and female all-around gymnasts will compete in Glasgow in a compact three and a half hour mixed session. Featuring non-stop gymnastics action from start to finish, a 5,000 capacity crowd is anticipated once again. 

Ticket holders from 2012 plus followers of the Glasgow World Cup on Facebook and twitter will have the advantage of priority access to tickets. A special pre-sale for these audiences will start on 21st March 2013 as gymnastics fans in the UK unite at the British Championships in Liverpool. 

To be one of the first to secure your tickets for Glasgow World Cup 2013 follow us on Facebook or Twitter​


Meet Team GB Gymnastic Stars at Glasgow World Cup

To celebrate a sensational year, Team GB's Olympian heroes will be attending 
the 2012 Glasgow World Cup Gymnastics to meet fans and cheer on their competing team-mates.

Beth Tweddle, Sam Oldham, Jennifer Pinches, Imogen Cairns and Hannah Whelan will all be at the Emirates Arena on December 8th to give ticket holders the opportunity to get some Olympian autographs.

Doors will now open at the earlier time of 11.30am so be there sharp, as there will be a very special performance by 3 time World Champion and Olympic bronze medal winner Beth Tweddle to officially open the World Cup.

Plus, during the interval, you will get the chance to see the gymnasts of Team GB - Kristian Thomas, Rebecca Tunney and Daniel Purvis - reunited on stage with teammates once more for a group interview in front of the sell out audience. Purvis, who hails from Southport and competes for Scotland through his parents, has been called up as replacement for Brazilian gymnast Sergio Sasaki Junior. Dan won the event in 2011 and is looking forward to returning to action on home soil after a 2012 to remember.​


Scotsman Purvis added to Glasgow line-up

Olympic bronze medallist Daniel Purvis has been added to the line-up for the forthcoming artistic gymnastics Glasgow World Cup held on December 8th at the Emirates Arena.

Dan who hails from Southport and competes for Scotland through his parents, has been called up as replacement for Brazilian gymnast Sergio Sasaki Junior. Dan won the event in 2011 and is looking forward to returning to action on home soil after a 2012 to remember.

Dan said: “I’m really excited to be competing in Glasgow again - it’s the prefect end to an amazing year. The Olympics was the most incredible experience of my life and a huge part of that was down to the support of the home fans and I know it will be the same at the World Cup especially with it being in the brand new Emirates Arena. Last year I was fortunate enough to win the competition and I’ll be doing my best to be right up there again this time but looking at the amazing line-up I know it will be a big test.”

Dan joins fellow Team GB bronze medal winner Kristian Thomas, Olympian Rebecca Tunney and Niamh Rippin to complete the home field.

In another late change to the entry this time in the women’s competition, Romania’s Larisa Iordache has been replaced by Germany’s Kim Bui.

Following the action

Tickets for the 2012 World Cup were in high demand and have already sold out, setting up what is sure to be a fantastic atmosphere in the brand new Emirates Arena. The BBC will be streaming the World Cup live on the BBC Sport website with a full highlights programme on 15th December from 1pm - 3pm on BBC One. Radio 5 live will also be broadcasting live from the arena on the day following a gymnastics special to be aired on December 6th from 7.30pm - 9pm.


Beth Tweddle to turn on Glasgow's Christmas Lights

As Glasgow World Cup Gymnastics draws near, spectators at the sold out Glasgow Christmas Lights switch on are in for very special treat. Gymnastics legend Beth Tweddle will attend to help flip the switch on the festive lights as part of the promotion for the Glasgow World Cup and the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships.
 
The evening kicks off with a fantastic pommel horse display from 2014 Commonwealth Games prospects Kevin Cham and Ryan McKee from City of Glasgow Gymnastics Club. They will display their talents and give us a sneak preview of what to expect at the Glasgow World Cup event.
 
There are only a limited number of tickets left for the World Cup, so make sure you don't miss out. Book online or phone 0141 353 8000 to book tickets.
 
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