ESPN’s Gymnastics Countdown is the network’s official Preview Show of the NCAA Gymnastics Championships, in format much like ESPN’s College Gameday. The show will contain interviews with all 8 Finalists’ Coaches, as well as the top  gymnasts from each team. The hosts will break down each team’s strategies and provide the viewer with  unique insights into the NCAA Championships.  

The hosts for the Gymnastics Countdown are Shannon Miller – 2-time Olympic Champion; Sam Peszek – Olympic Silver Medalist/UCLA All-American; John Roethlisberger – 3-time US Olympian/Minnesota All American; DD Breaux – Former LSU Head Gymnastics Coach and Jess Graba – U.S. Women’s Olympic  Gymnastics Coach/Olympic Coach of Sunisa Lee

AAI will be highlighted within the segment focusing on the AAI Award. The hosts will each talk about  AAI’s support and dedication to the sport of gymnastics and interview each of the 6 finalists awaiting the  final moment to crown the 2022 AAI Award winner.  

“This will be a shining moment for the AAI Brand,” said Lisa Ebersole, Marketing Manager for AAI.  “Highlighting the AAI Award Finalists and crowning the 2022 AAI Award Winner on ESPNU’s Gymnastics  Countdown definitely is taking the award to a new level. It gives the girls their moment in the spotlight to  be honored for this prestige award.” 

AAI has been presenting the AAI Award to the most outstanding senior female gymnast in the country for  the last 40 years. Some people have stated it is the Heisman Trophy for Women’s gymnastics. 

This year’s 2022 AAI Finalists are: 

  • Kyla Bryant – Stanford University 
  • Derrian Gobourne – Auburn University 
  • Lexi Graber – University of Alabama 
  • Ona Loper – University of Minnesota 
  • Trinity Thomas – University of Florida 
  • Natalie Wojcik – University of Michigan 

ESPN’s Gymnastics Countdown can be found on ESPNU at(all times EST): 

  • Wednesday 4/13 6:30pm – 7:30pm 
  • Wednesday 4/13 11:00pm – 12:00am 
  • Thursday 4/14 1:30am – 2:30am 
  • Thursday 4/14 7:00am – 8:00am 
  • Friday 4/15 11:00am – 12:00pm 

AAI is proud to support NCAA Gymnastics and recognizes the achievements and dedication of all the AAI  Award Finalists as well as all gymnasts within the sport. 

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See below for more on the finalists!

About American Athletic, Inc. 

Since 1954, American Athletic, Inc. has been manufacturing world-class gymnastics equipment.  Headquartered in Jefferson, Iowa, the company operates three facilities totaling over 240,000 square  feet and proudly employs about 100 people. AAI is the official supplier and partner to USA Gymnastics  and is proud to partner with the Federation Internationale De Gymnastique (FIG) and National Collegiate  Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information on AAI, please call (800) 247-3978 or visit  www.americanathletic.com


Lisa Ebersole 

Marketing Manager, AAI/Spalding 



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