May 10, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. - Now finished with her All-American career, former Sooner Brie Olson will participate in an exciting new gymnastics event, the Pro Gymnastics Challenge, this weekend.
Olson will join other gymnastics stars from around the world to compete in the Challenge, a skill-for-skill competition with mixed teams of men and women that will include mixed international and United States vs. The World formats in a series of athletic and gymnastic competitions.
In the new format, the team on offense performs a skill or sequence of skills after which the defensive team attempts to do that skill or sequence of skills better. The winner is determined by referees and the winning team gains the point or points and offensive control. In the event of a tie the audience votes to decide the winner. On each event the winning team is the first one to 10 points, excluding the speed rope competition which are a time challenge.
The event will be held this weekend, May 10-11, at Lehigh University’s Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pa. The event will be shown on air on ESPN2 as a three-part series May 20-22.
Other gymnastic stars competing include former Sooners Jonathan Horton, a two-time Olympian and silver medalist, 2012 Olympian Jacob Dalton and six-time NCAA champion, Stephen Legendre.
On the women's side, Olson will be joined by former collegiate gymnasts Vanessa Zamarripa (UCLA), Ashanee Dickerson (Florida), Marissa King (Florida), Shayla Worley (Georgia) and 2008 Olympian Chellsie Memmel.
For more information and bios of all the participants, fans can visit www.professionalgymnastics.com.