Gymnasts come to St. Louis for shot at Olympic team dream

Jun 6, 2012

The road to the Olympics in London passes through St. Louis this week.

Starting tomorrow, some of the world's top gymnasts will be competing at the Chaifetz Arena for a spot on Team USA.

St. Louis Sports Commission President Frank Viverito says about 50 athletes will be vying to make the cut, including gold-medalist Nastia Liukin and St. Louis native Sarah Finnegan.

"Our entire Olympic team - we don't know who exactly who they will be yet - but they'll all be competing this weekend in St. Louis," Viverito said. "Our Olympic team will be chosen from these competitors."

The 12 men and 12 women selected over the four-day competition will go on to compete later this month at the Olympic gymnastics trials in San Jose, Calif.

St. Louis last hosted the competition 12 years ago.