10 Cool Facts about the 40 Year History of the American Cup (1976 – 2016)

1. The first edition in 1976 was won by Nadia Comaneci; the men’s competition was won by her future husband Bart Conner. They married 20 years later.

2. Nadia Comaneci scored a perfect 10 on Floor at the first edition of the American Cup in 1976.

3. In 2005 the meet changed its format from an all-around competition to an individual event final competition.

4. Gymnasts that won the American Cup and later that SAME year went on to become World/Olympic all-around champions are:

  • Nadia Comaneci (1976)
  • Mary Lou Retton (1984)
  • Carly Patterson (2004)
  • Shawn Johnson (2007)
  • Anastasia Liukin (2008)
  • Jordyn Wieber (2011)
  • Simone Biles (2015)

5. Up until 2010 the American Cup was an invitational meet starting from 2011 its part of the FIG World Cup series

6. Because of its invitational trait juniors and seniors competed together and Jordyn Wieber won the title as a junior in 2009.

7. The 2013 American Cup was Katelyn Ohashi’s first senior meet it also turned out to be her last one. She was injured shortly after and when she recovered she went straight to college gymnastics and currently competes for UCLA.

8. Since 2010 the Nastia Liukin Cup, a competition for pre-elite gymnasts has been hosted the day before the start of the American Cup. Future American Cup Champion (2016 edition) Gabrielle Douglas finished 4th AA in 2010.

9. Gymnasts that have won the title more than once are:

  • Julianne McNamara (1981, 1982)
  • Mary Lou Retton (1983, 1984, 1985)
  • Kristie Phillips (1986, 1987)
  • Kim Zmeskal (1990, 1992)
  • Carly Patterson (2003, 2004)
  • Anastasia Liukin (2006, 2008)
  • Jordyn Wieber (2009, 2011, 2012)

10. Few non-Americans have won the American Cup title:

  • Nadia Comaneci (1976, ROM)
  • Natasha Tereschenko (1978, USSR)
  • Stella Zakarova (1979, USSR)
  • Elvire Teza (1997, FRA)
  • Viktoria Karpenko (1998, UKR)
  • Yelena Produnova (2000, RUS)
  • Yelena Zamolodchikova (2001, RUS)

BONUS COOL FACT: In 2012 Gabrielle Douglas performed exhibition routines that did not count into the final standings, she ended up un-officially winning the competition since her overall score of 61.299 was higher than Jordyn Wieber’s 61.032 score. Gabrielle went on to become the 2012 Olympic All-Around Champion.


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