Former Olympians, hundreds of athletes take part in VIP Classic

Former Olympians, hundreds of athletes take part in VIP Classic

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Downtown has been jumping as the Old National Events Plaza hosts the 2020 VIP Classic.

The two-day event features close to 700 athletes from 33 states, including some former Olympians, competing in trampoline and tumbling.

“Trampoline has been a part of the Olympic games since 2000, and USA has had a representative in every Olympic games since then,” said the Trampoline & Tumbling Program Director at USA Gymnastics, Jacqui Godfrey.

This is the second year the event has been held in Evansville.

“If you watch this sport, it is way different than what you would expect," said Alex Renkert, USA gymnastics athlete representative. "It’s very adrenaline pumping, keeps you on the edge of your seat the routines are quick but exciting. It’s a great spectator sport. If you’ve never seen it, there’s some world-class athletes here that are going to be doing amazing stuff.”

“It feels like the really big first drop on a roller coaster," said athlete Charlotte Drury. “When you go up, and you’re just about to go down, and you feel weightless for a second, that’s what it feels like.”

The first round of preliminaries is to show the judges the athletes can make clean movements, but the second round, that’s when athletes show their best skills.

“We live for that moment, it’s totally an adrenaline rush, it’s zero gravity for a split second, and you feel super free, and it feels like you’re flying,” Drury said.

In each category, only eight athletes will make it to the finals on Saturday.

From there, they will go onto another competition in a few weeks to show their consistency in performing.

This competition runs from Friday through Sunday.

You can buy your tickets here.

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