Pro Gymnastics Challenge 2013 from LeHigh University’s Stabler Arena airs on ESPN2 May 20-22. This unique competition features top gymnasts in skill vs. skill team battles.
Looking to expand interest in gymnastics beyond the Olympics, the Pro Gymnastics Challenge presents some of the world’s top tumblers in coed teams competing in head-to-head tests of skill. From professionalgymnastics.com:
“The Professional Gymnastics Challenge features an amazing cast of Olympic and world renowned gymnasts that will electrify the audience with an action packed performance. PGC is a skill-for-skill competition with teams consisting of both men and women squaring off against each other for true athletic supremacy. PGC athletes will deliver a jaw-dropping performance as they battle head-to-head to finally settle who is the best!”
PGC Consists of Six Events:
Parallel Bars and Uneven Bars
Rings and Balance Beam
High Bar and Single Rail
The event took place May 10-11, but will air over three nights May 20, 21 and 22 at 8pm ET on ESPN2.
Just from seeing the preview, the PGC looks a lot more fun and much less technical than Olympic gymnastics. The sexed-up American Gladiators look to the unis, lighting and sets is a nice alternative to the stuffy decorum of the Olympics. And I’m pretty sure Bela Karolyi isn’t going to come out and bitch out a teenage girl for not sticking the landing.