Olympic all-around champion Sunisa Lee and three of her teammates who won silver at the Tokyo Games last summer — Jordan Chiles, Jade Careyand Grace McCallum — are coming to Fort Worth to compete (against each other, this time) in the NCAA Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics National Championship. The match will take place April 14-16 at Dickies Arena.
According to NBC Sports, Lee will be the first all-around Olympic medalist to compete in NCAA gymnastics. She will lead the Auburn Tigers against seven other teams: Alabama, Oklahoma, Florida, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri and Utah. McCallum competes for Utah.
Although their schools did not participate in the national championships, chillies (UCLA) and Carey (Oregon State) will compete individually.
Chiles, who contributed to Team USA’s silver medal after teammate Simone Biles withdrew for medical reasons in Tokyo, will participate in floor exercises and uneven bars. As an honorary Texan who trained alongside Biles in the Houston area, she will no doubt have a big cheer squad in Fort Worth.
Carey, who won Tokyo gold in the floor exercise, will compete in the individual all-around.
Tokyo’s other two teammates, Bile and MyKayla Skinnerare not in competition.
It’s a trip back to Fort Worth for the Team USA alumni as they all competed very successfully at the 2021 USA Gymnastics Championships at Dickies Arena last June. There, Biles won a record seventh title, followed by silver medalist Lee (2nd), Chiles (3rd), Carey (6th), and McCallum (7th).
Chiles, Carey and McCallum then returned to Fort Worth last fall on the Gold Over America high-flying tour. (Lee was busy competing on Dancing with the stars.)
More than 30,000 spectators are expected at the two-day event, which includes the semi-finals and the championship, according to a statement. The championship will call Fort Worth and Dickies Arena through 2026.
“We look forward to hosting the 2022 NCAA Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics National Championship in Fort Worth,” Jason Sands, executive director of the Fort Worth Athletic Commission, said in a statement. “We have grown this event over the years and are thrilled that Fort Worth is the destination for championship-level gymnastics competition. We hope the community and fans will fill Dickies Arena to support and encourage these student-athletes.
Individual tickets for the NCAA Gymnastics Championships will go on sale to the public on Wednesday, April 6. More information and tickets can be found here.