St. Louis will get the Olympic spirit come 2016, when it will host the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for men's gymnastics.
The event determines which men will represent the U.S. in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. While it's the city's first time hosting Olympic trials, the city has worked with USA Gymnastics previously, hosting the organization's 2000 and 2012 national championships. Those events decide national champions as well as who continues on to Olympic trials.
St. Louis was not selected on Friday as a host city for any future NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Final Four competition between 2017 and 2021.
Instead, the NCAA announced that competitors Phoenix, San Antonio, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Indianapolis will host, in that order.
Chris Roseman of the St. Louis Sports Commission was part of the team that represented St. Louis in the selection process. He said the group put together a “very sound bid,” but said "it wasn’t meant to be."
The NCAA is bringing eight sports championships to the St. Louis area over the next five years. The collegiate athletic association announced a package of playoffs Wednesday that St. Louis will host between 2015 and 2018.
The St. Louis Sports Commission prepared the city’s successful bids. Vice President of Events Chris Roseman says NCAA athletes will be competing at numerous venues across the metro area.