Action begins at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 24 from UIC Pavilion in Chicago


Alicia Sacramone makes her first competitive appearance since 2008 Olympic Games


July 21, 2010 – Universal Sports presents exclusive live coverage of the 2010 CoverGirl Classic on Saturday, July 24 at 8 p.m. ET at the UIC Pavilion on the University of Illinois-Chicago’s campus. David Michaels, Executive Producer of Universal Sports, will be directing the production, which will feature commentators Tim Daggett, 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist, and Tasha Schwikert, 2000 Olympic Bronze Medalist. In addition to the television coverage, fans can visit www.universalsports.com for live web coverage of the event and click on the gymnastics section for up-to-date broadcast schedules, breaking news, video highlights, special features, photo galleries and more. This marks the second consecutive year that Universal Sports will produce this national championships qualifying competition.

Highlighting this year’s CoverGirl Classic is the return of 2008 Olympic silver-medalist Alicia Sacramone. In her first competitive appearance since announcing a year ago that she was coming out of retirement, Sacramone will look to perform well, just three week away from the 2010 Visa Championships. The competition will be fierce as the reigning world champion, Bridget Sloan, and world silver-medalist, Rebecca Bross, both of whom have already qualified for nationals, will be sure to bring their best in hopes of perfecting their routines for nationals. 

The CoverGirl Classic, formerly known as the U.S. Classic, is the final qualifying event for the 2010 Visa Championships, the U.S. National Championships for men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, and trampoline and tumbling. Universal Sports will broadcast the 2010 Visa Championships live on Thursday, August 12 and Friday, August 13 at 7 p.m. ET, while NBC Sports will show live coverage on Saturday, August 14 at 8 p.m. ET and taped coverage on Sunday, August 15 at 2:30 p.m. ET.

About Universal Sports: Universal Sports, a partnership between NBC Sports and InterMedia Partners, LP, serves as the preeminent multiplatform destination for Olympic-related sports programming on television and online. Universal Sports is available in more than 63 million homes, including all of the nation’s top 10 DMAs: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Dallas-Fort Worth and Washington, D.C. Recent expansion includes launches in Boston, Atlanta, Houston, Miami, Denver, Portland, and Jacksonville. Go to UniversalSports.com for a complete list of TV markets. Major world championship and Olympic qualifying events found on Universal Sports range from track and field, skiing, swimming, gymnastics, marathons and cycling, to volleyball, rowing, triathlon, fencing, speed skating and martial arts. UniversalSports.com delivers an immersive experience via live and on-demand competition coverage, interaction with top athletes through blogs and in-depth access to Olympic sports news and information year round. For more information on the availability of the Universal Sports 24-hour television channel, please visit UniversalSports.com.



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