San Jose has been awarded the 2012 U.S. gymnastics trials, landing one of the premier events before the London Games while also increasing Silicon Valley’s Olympic sports profile. USA Gymnastics officials made the announcement Monday in a news conference at City Hall, saying the men’s and women’s trials are scheduled for June 28-July 1, 2012 at HP Pavilion, site of the 2007 Visa national championships.
The event will help put the South Bay on the Olympic sports map, considering HP Pavilion also is the site of the 2012 figure skating national championships. San Jose State was used as the “processing center” for American Olympians sent to Beijing in ’08. But the city has never held an Olympic-related event of this magnitude. The gymnastics trials are considered one of the United States’ three major Olympic selection meets with swimming and track and field. “It is our crown jewel,” USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny said. “You want to be working with partners who understand that and who know how to handle the crown jewels.”
San Jose officials won the bid because of their work on events such as the 2004 Olympic trials for rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline, the 2008 Pacific Rim gymnastics championships and the 2003 Titan Games involving a handful of Olympic sports.