Elite Team Cup all-around medalist Uemura, team champion Clinton eye return to podium in 2023

INDIANAPOLIS (February 19, 2023) – Region 3’s Caden Clinton and Region 5’s Kai Uemura will be the most decorated Elite Team Cup gymnasts in action when the annual event returns February 25 at Louisville’s Freedom Hall. As a member of the historically dominant Region 3 team, Clinton will look to add a third team title to his resume after slipping from the top spot in 2022 following back-to-back championships. Meanwhile, Uemura, who was second in the all-around in 2021 and third in 2023, will seek a third-straight individual podium finish.

Additional event veterans have also been named to the provisional team rosters for Regions 3, 5 and 9. Clinton will be joined by 2022 teammates Mason Heath, Kiran Mandava and Chase Mondi. Sasha Bogonosiuk is back for Region 5, and Region 9 will return Ty Jordan and Gavin Zborowski.

Multiple current and former U.S. Men’s National Team members previously competed at the Elite Team Cup, including 2022 World team members Asher Hong (Tomball, Texas/Stanford University) and Colt Walker (Cedar Park, Texas/Stanford University) from Region 3, who boast four team titles between them. College standouts Paul Juda (Deerfield, Ill./University of Michigan) and Curran Phillips (Naperville, Ill./Stanford University) competed for Region 5, and 2022 Winter Cup all-around champion Vitaliy Guimaraes (Arvada, Colo./University of Oklahoma) and Stanford’s Taylor Burkhart (Morrison, Colo.) represented Region 9.

The Elite Team Cup is being held in conjunction with the 2023 Winter Cup and Nastia Liukin Cup. The competition will stream live on USA Gymnastics’ YouTube channel Saturday at 6 p.m. ET. Visit WinterCup.com to learn more and purchase tickets.

Up to eight gymnasts per team may travel to the event, but only six will compete when the regional teams take the floor in Louisville. Provisional rosters for Regions 3, 5 and 9 are listed alphabetically below. The full event lineup is available here.

Region 3
Caden Clinton, Cypress, Texas/Cypress Academy of Gymnastics
Daniel Gurevich, Frisco, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics
Mason Heath, Katy, Texas/Cypress Academy of Gymnastics
Xander Hong, Tomball, Texas/Cypress Academy of Gymnastics
Carter Kim, Frisco, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics
Kiran Mandava, Cypress, Texas/Cypress Academy of Gymnastics
Chase Mondi, Lawrence, Kan./Emerald City Gymnastics
Kaleb Palacio, Bacliff, Texas/Above the Bar Gymnastics

Region 5
Sasha Bogonosiuk, Buffalo Grove, Ill./Gymkhana Gymnastics
Noah Copeland, Lancaster, Ohio/Hocking Valley Gymnastics
Carson Eshleman, Monroe, Mich./Michigan Elite Gymnastics
Jack Gagamov, Mundelein, Ill./Libertyville Gymnastics
Devin Gopaul, Buffalo Grove, Ill./Gymkhana Gymnastics
Cooper Kim, Grand Ledge, Mich./Capital City Flips
Kai Uemura, Chicago, Ill./Lakeshore Academy of Artistic Gymnastics
Kyle Walchuk, Howell, Mich./Infinity Gymnastics

Region 9
Nartey Brady, Los Ranchos, N.M./Gold Cup Gymnastics
Ethan Cox, Arvada, Colo./5280 Gymnastics
Ty Jordan, Morrison, Colo./5280 Gymnastics
Joey Nieves, Littleton, Colo./5280 Gymnastics
Dante Reive, Littleton, Colo./5280 Gymnastics
Gavin Zborowski, Arvada, Colo./5280 Gymnastics

Men’s regions, which are determined by state, are listed below.

  • Region 1 – Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada
  • Region 2 – Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington
  • Region 3 – Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas
  • Region 4 – Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin
  • Region 5 – Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio
  • Region 6 – Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
  • Region 7 – Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia
  • Region 8 – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
  • Region 9 – Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming