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Record Numbers at Nadia Comaneci International Invitational
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The 2016 Nadia Comaneci International Invitational kicks off today with more than 1,600 gymnasts flipping and swinging at the Cox Arena in Oklahoma City. The competition is only one aspect of the Bart & Nadia Sports Experience, a health and wellness event that features a host of free family activities on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Cox Arena.

Tonight's main event is the Perfect 10 Challenge, an NCAA women's competition in which the top-ranked Oklahoma team will play host to Denver, George Washington and Utah State. The meet begins at 6:45 p.m. (Tickets are $15 at the Cox Convention Center Box Office; free 2-under; University Students free with I.D.)

The main event each year is the Saturday evening women's Elite competition (tickets available at the door: $10; $5-12-under; free-2-under), and this year five of the top seven gymnasts from the recent Elite Canada competition are on hand, including the top three: Jade Chrobok (Gemini), Ana Padurariu (Gemini) and Victoria Jurca (Gym-Fly). Also competing will be Sayge Urban (Dynamo) and Montana Fairbairn (Stampede City). Gemini is coached by 1980 Olympic champion Yelena Davydova of Russia, and the Dynamo coach is two-time Olympic gold medalist Elvira Saadi, a native of Uzbekistan.

Four Romanian juniors will also take part in the competition on Saturday evening: Carmen Glavan, Laura Iacob, Ariadna Stanciu and Carmen Ghiciuc.

WIMGYM of Montreal brought 24 gymnasts, including four Zlobec sisters: Sonita, Evandra, Sevika and Eliana.

The weekend also showcases more than 300 boys in the Bart Conner International Invitational.

Read coverage of the event in the March issue of International Gymnast.

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