Team USA in the Valley: Queen Creek’s Naddour tours with the Kellogg’s Tour of Champions

After every summer games, USA Gymnastics and Team USA host an Olympic tour. On Sept. 22, the show visited Gila River Arena in Glendale.  In 2016, the show was sponsored by Kelloggs and visited  about 40 cities.

Bronze medalist Alex Naddour, who resides in Queen Creek said in an earlier interview the tour is fun to perform in because they don’t have to worry about judges’ scores.

“We’re just going out and having a good time and performing,” he said. “I am super excited about that.” (Read earlier story: https://queencreekindependent.com/sports-and-outdoors/whats-next-olympian-alex-naddour/)

The show consisted of two halves with a 20-minute intermission and featured members of the final five, the mens team, the acro-gymnastics pair, rhythmic team members and members of the trampoline Olympic team as well as past Olympians like Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin.

Mr. Naddour and alternate gymnast Mykayla Skinner, who attended Higley High School, performed and the crowd cheered loud for the hometown stars. Cast members can vary from stop to stop.
Fans were able to interact with the athletes during parts of the show, including the first number when local gymnasts took to the floor and other apparatus to welcome the Olympians. Laurie Hernandez, one of the Final Five, also brought a fan onto the floor to be assisted on a back tuck by 2016 Olympian Simone Biles and 2012 Olympian Jordyn Wieber.

News Services Assistant Arianna Grainey can be reached at 623-445-2717, via e-mail at agrainey@newszap.com or on twitter at ariannagrainey

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