OKC to host men's national gymnastics competition

Mayor Mick Cornett and Olympic champion Bart Conner announced today Oklahoma City will host the 2007 USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Men's National Championships May 9 through 13.


Contested at the CoxConvention Center, more than 800 gymnasts will participate in the eight-session competition.


Cornett and Conner made the announcement from The International Gymnastics Hall of Fame's new home at the OmniplexScienceMuseum which will open to the public in mid-May.


"After last year's success with the USA Junior Olympic Women's National Championships, we felt compelled to try to bring more national and international caliber events to Oklahoma City," Conner said in a statement. "All of the great U.S. gymnasts have passed through the Junior Olympic competitions and we are thrilled to showcase, once more, the strong gymnastic community we have here in our state."


Norman's BartConnerGymnasticsAcademy will serve as a host.


The Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau expects the event to have an economic impact of $1.5 million.