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Log on to IG Online's Official Facebook Page for live coverage of the 2011 WOGA Classic International in Frisco, Texas! The competition begins at 6 p.m. local time (7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST).


Russia's Irina Yashina

U.S. junior national team stars Jordyn Wieber (Geddert's) and Katelyn Ohashi (WOGA) headline the field, which also includes gymnasts from Australia, Canada, France, Mexico and Russia.

Wieber, competing in her first senior meet, won the all-around titles at the 2008 U.S. junior championships and the 2009 American Cup.

Ohashi, who turns 16 in 2013, won the Bumbo Gymnastics Cup last December in South Africa. WOGA teammates Ivana Hong and Grace McClaughlin, who missed much of 2010 with injury, scratched the meet after coach Valeri Liukin did not feel they were quite ready to compete.

The competition includes several gymnasts who traveled from last weekend's Nadia Comaneci International in Oklahoma City, the first international event of the season in the U.S. All-around champions Anysia Unick (Calgary, Canada) and Mackenzie Brannan (Capital-Texas) are both in attendance, as are Canadian Youth Olympian Madeline Gardiner (Cambridge Kips) and Australia's Isis Lowery (JETS Gymnastics).

France sent 10 gymnasts for a week-long training camp at WOGA. Gymnasts competing in this evening's competition include world team member Marine Brevet and and junior standout Doraine Thobie.

Russia sent two up-and-coming gymnasts, Anastasia Marchuk, 14, and Irina Yashina, 13. Marchuk is on her third trip to North America, having taken part at a competition in California and in a training camp in Canada.

"I really want to stick my free-roundoff-layout series on beam; that would make me very happy," Marchuk said of her training goals.

Yashina, from the small town of Alatyr in the Chuvash Republic, is competing outside of Europe for the first time.

"[I'm looking forward to] doing well on bars, which is my favorite event," she said. "My sister Lyuba will be cheering for me along with the rest of my family [in Alatyr]."

The event also includes an autograph session with WOGA's Carly Patterson and Nastia Liukin — back-to-back Olympic all-around champions — and six-time world medalist Rebecca Bross. Pop singer Jordan Pruitt is on hand to sing the U.S. national anthem.

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