GOOD AS GOLD

Olympic superstar Simone Biles cartwheels into Austin on national gymnastics tour

Olympic superstar Simone Biles cartwheels into Austin on national tour

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The greatest of all time will headline the Gold Over America Tour. Photo by John Cheng

After what promises to be a spectacular, medal-worthy performance at the Olympic Games this summer, the best gymnast in the world is vaulting her way back to her home state of Texas as part of a 35-city gymnastics tour extravaganza.

Headlined by Simone Biles, the most decorated gymnast of all time, the Gold Over America Tour — billed as a “high-energy, gymnastics-meets-pop-concert spectacular” — kicks off September 21, tumbling its way to the Lone Star State this fall, with a stop in Austin October 10 at the Frank Erwin Center.

Tickets for the Austin performance go on sale Friday, June 11 through the Erwin Center.

In Texas, the tour will also visit:

  • San Antonio, October 6 at AT&T Center
  • Houston, October 8 at Toyota Center
  • Fort Worth, October 9 at Dickies Arena

The tour is sponsored by Athleta, a women’s performance lifestyle brand, and will highlight themes of mental-health awareness, positive body image, self-confidence, and friendship.

And true to form, Biles, along with an all-star team of female gymnastic champs dubbed the “ultimate squad goal inspiration for girls and women worldwide,” will utilize the tour as an opportunity to share messages of empowerment and togetherness in an effort to encourage the next generation of athletes, according to a release about the tour.

“I love the sport of gymnastics and want to help create a show that captures the pure joy of performing,” says Biles, who hails from Spring, just outside of Houston. “Athleta Presents Gold Over America Tour will match athleticism and entertainment, all while celebrating the gold inside each of us!”

While additional gymnasts will be announced in the coming months, current superstar athletes joining Biles on the tour include:

  • Laurie Hernandez, 2016 Olympic gold and silver medalist and “Dancing With the Stars” champion.
  • Katelyn Ohashi, All-American and NCAA national champion.
  • Morgan Hurd, winner of three gold medals in 2019 and 2020 at the Tokyo World Cup.
  • Peng-Peng Lee, Canadian artistic gymnast and 2018 NCAA national champion.
  • Danusia Francis, artistic gymnast who is the Jamaican qualifier for the 2021 Tokyo games.
  • Jordan Chiles, eight-time U.S. National Team member.

The show will spotlight each gymnast, who will perform parts of their most notable routines, which will be mixed in with career highlights, personal videos, social-media posts, spoken word performances, and a full crew of gymnastic dancers.