The path to Paris will look very similar to the road to Tokyo – at least as far as the 2024 Xfinity U.S. Gymnastics Championships are concerned.
USA Gymnastics announced Tuesday that the U.S. championships will return to Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas, from May 30-June 2, 2024 – three years after hosting the championships leading into the Tokyo Olympic Games.
The event crowns national champions in artistic gymnastics at the junior and senior levels and determines national teams. The championships hold extra significance during an Olympic year as the final “tryout” in the hopes of earning a berth to Olympic Trials, which will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from June 27-30, 2024.
Soon after the venue announcement, fans took to social media to express their disappointment in USAG for once again holding the event in a state that bans abortion.
In 2022, the championships were held in Tampa, Florida, with USAG awarding the event in January, months before the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. After that decision, Florida banned abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, with limited exceptions.
In response, USAG CEO & President Li Li Leung said at that year’s championships that there was “no question that [abortion laws] are going to be a consideration moving forward.”
“I think many of you know the values of our organization,” Leung said in a press conference. “We are about empowerment. We are about choice. We are about agency. And the overturning of that decision does take away from our value system… We want to be able to align with cities and locations that are also aligned with our value system.”
Dickies Arena has also hosted the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships, which is not organized by USAG, since 2019. The venue is currently set to host that championship event through 2026.
Tickets for the 2024 Xfinity U.S. Gymnastics Championships will go on sale later this year.