Legendary Olympic gold medalists lead star-studded entrant list for U.S. Classic
INDIANAPOLIS (June 28, 2023) – Led by a trio of Olympic gold medalists, current athlete registrations for the 2023 U.S. Classic are loaded with Olympians, World Championships team members and international medalists.
The last two Olympic all-around gold medalists, Simone Biles (2016) and Sunisa Lee (2020), are joined by 2020 Olympic floor champion Jade Carey on a list that includes 12 Olympic and World Championships medalists entered in the U.S. Classic, set for August 4-5 at NOW Arena in suburban Chicago.
Other headliners on the women’s side include 2022 World Championships vault and floor silver medalist Jordan Chiles, 2022 World all-around and uneven bars silver medalist Shilese Jones, 2021 Worlds all-around silver medalist and floor bronze medalist Leanne Wong, 2021 Worlds all-around bronze medalist Kayla DiCello, and 2022 Worlds team gold medalist Skye Blakely. Also registered for the meet is Mélanie de Jesus dos Santos of France, a 2020 Olympian and the 2019 European all-around champion who lives and trains in the United States.
Among the top men are 2017 World Championships floor bronze medalist and eight-time Pan American gold medalist Yul Moldauer; 2015 Worlds vault bronze medalist and 2014 team bronze medalist Donnell Whittenburg; 2021 World pommel horse gold medalist Stephen Nedoroscik; and 2020 Olympian and three-time NCAA champion Shane Wiskus.
In total, the current list includes 12 Olympic and 16 World Championships team roster members, including traveling replacement athletes and dos Santos. Together, they have won a total of 60 Olympic and World Championships medals, with 12 from the Games and 48 from Worlds. Those tallies include a combined 46 World or Olympic medals earned by Biles (32), Carey (8) and Lee (6).
Registration for U.S. Classic closed this week and is required to compete at the U.S. Classic, but it does not guarantee participation. Senior women qualify by being 2022 World Championships participants, posting a qualifying score, or petitioning to compete. Late petitions to compete also may be accepted by the USA Gymnastics Athlete Selection Committee. The Senior men’s field is open to all men’s Elite athletes.
“It is exciting to think about the level of talent and historical legacy of the field that may compete at U.S. Classic,” USA Gymnastics Chief Programs Officer Stefanie Korepin said. “Every athlete is at a different place in their season and career, and we will support each of them, wherever they are in their journey.”
The list of registrants for the 2023 U.S. Classic is below. For more information on the event, including ticket sales and event history, visit https://usagymclassic.com/.
U.S. Classic Entries as of June 28, 2023 (listed alphabetically)
Melanie de Jesus dos Santos
Leigh Anne Elliott
Colin Van Wicklen
Emilio Bracken Serra