SOURCE: Los Angeles School of Gymnastics

January 17, 2012 12:30 ET

Olympians and Top Athletes From Around the World Compete at World Renowned Rhythmic Gymnastics Competition in Feb.

More Than 200 Gymnasts Will Compete at the 2012 LA Lights Tournament of Champions

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Jan 17, 2012) - Sponsored by Los Angeles School of Gymnastics (LASG) and sanctioned by the International Gymnastics Federation (IGF), the 2012 LA Lights Tournament of Champions is the nation's largest and most prestigious gymnastics event.

2012 LA Lights is scheduled for February 3-5, 2012 starting at 8am to 8pm at the Pilibos Center (1615 North Alexandria Avenue) in Los Angeles as more than 200 top gymnasts from USA, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Armenia, China and Canada will participate in this event.

Some of the top gymnasts include Liubov Charkashyna (who will compete in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games and was the 2011 World Championship Bronze Medalist), Melitina Staniouta (who will compete in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games and ranks #6 on the 2011 World Champion List), Aliaksandra Narkevich (who will compete in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games and ranks #14 on the 2011 World Champion List), Anna Bessonova (2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist) as well as LASG gymnasts Heather Chan, Shirley Gon-Gibbs and Elizabeth Petrosyan (2011 VISA USA National Qualifiers).

"This event is the largest multi-level competition in the world, drawing top gymnasts from around the globe and culminates in a dramatic awards ceremony and gymnastics celebration," said Tanya Berenson, general manager of LASG. "Given this is an Olympic year, all gymnasts are gearing up for their top performances to date."

LA Lights 2012 is the first and only event in the U.S. and one of only 12 in the gymnastics global community to be approved by the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG). Recognized by the International Olympic Committee and its officials as the oldest of international sport federations, FIG is the supreme authority on international gymnastics.

The LA Lights Tournament of Champions serves as the primary route for major international tournaments including the World Championship and the Olympic Games.

LASG, the nation's leader in the gymnastics industry, is headed by executive director Alla Svirsky -- a four-time Olympic Coach and a USA Gymnastics Inductee to the Hall of Fame. After years of dedication, coach Svirsky pioneered rhythmic gymnastics into the United States through the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and Svirsky was acclaimed as the first Olympic coach for the sport.

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