Fierce Five to hold show at Barclays Center

US gymnastics team to come to Brooklyn

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They’ve already won the gold, but now a team of Olympians are going to face their toughest judges yet — the crowd at Brooklyn’s new arena.

The Fierce Five — Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber, Kyla Ross, and McKayla Maroney — will celebrate taking home four individual medals in addition to beating the Russians for team gold at the London Olympics with a show at the still-being-built Barclays Center on Nov. 19.

Organizers say the Brooklyn show will be a performance of champions fitting for the borough of kings.

“The only judges will be the spectators,” said Jordan Dillon, a spokeswoman for the USA Gymnastics team. “Brooklyn is currently the last stop on the tour so I am sure we will want to finish with one of our best performanc­es.”

Some Brooklyn gymnastics fans say the booking is a perfect 10.

“Way to go ladies on making our country proud,” wrote one gymnastics buff on the Barclays Center’s Facebook page.

But other Brooklyn gymnastics insiders are bracing themselves for a hum-drum performance.

Tours are common for gymnasts looking to support themselves professionally between international competitions — but they’re never as exciting as Olympic events, critics say.

“The performances usually feature a lot of wallowing around in bad chiffon, and not a lot of flipping,” said Elspeth Reeve, a writer who covers gymnastics for the Atlantic Wire website. “But that’s okay, because they make a lot of money, which they deserve.”

Still, Reeve is sure that Gabby and her high-flying girlfriends will wow some Brooklynites.

“There is no evidence that Brooklyn tweens have any greater resistance to chiffon and purple lights than those in Des Moines,” said Reeve. “The tweens will come out.”

U.S women’s team at the Barclays Center [620 Atlantic Ave. at Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Heights, (212) 359-6387] on November 18 at 3 pm. Tickets $60 and up.

Reach reporter Eli Rosenberg at or by calling (718) 260-2531. And follow him at
Updated 5:35 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

mcluhan says:
Way to dig beyond the press release, yet still promote the press release!
Aug. 10, 2012, 6:15 am
Friday says:
Sorry Champs. I love you, but I won't be stopping by there ever.
Aug. 10, 2012, 3:23 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Is this event going to subsidized by the taxpayers like many others that probably will?
Aug. 10, 2012, 4:15 pm
kareem says:
going you mad
Aug. 10, 2012, 5:47 pm
Duff says:
Here here Friday, let's feed a huge cancer, BC cancer. Forcing rent from 450 to 1100, just because of proximity to that place?!, Man pHlease. Now I have to move.
Aug. 10, 2012, 6:45 pm
Mom from Clinton Hill says:
So glad the $60 and up tix will be so affordable for all the local tweens who want to come out and cheer on Gabby.
Aug. 10, 2012, 8:03 pm
ty from pps says:
"Forcing rent from 450 to 1100"

What? You paid $450 before? What magical place was this?
Aug. 11, 2012, 4:05 pm
Pat I from That 70's Brooklyn says:
C'mon lay off the girls. 60 bucks is not that much considering 1/2 of The Who are still charging in excess or a hundred bucks a pop so we can have the privilege of hearing Roger Daltrey warble like Selma Diamond with a sore throat (and I'm a big Who fan).

My son is nine. He's been swimming since the gae of two - competitively since the age of 5. Entrance into a swim meet (there are about 10 per year) is 5 bucks and ten for a program. That's 15 bucks - 35 dollars if the grandparents show up. Lessons with a University swim coach are 70 bucks a week. Pool membership is about 1500 per year. Then there's travel, equipment, etc.
On top of it all, for every meet, there's a 4-5 dollar charge for every event your kid swims in ( four on average).

As You can see the costs add up.

Then there's the personal sacrifice. My kid swims about two hours a day, 5 days a week.One day a week we trvael into Philly for a lesson. He's damn good but we don't push him. It's something he wants to do. My wife or I are at every practice. We volunteer to work swim meets.

...and the "hardcore parents think we and our son are sackers.

And still - all of this personal and financial cost is NOTHING compared to what the parent gymnasts and figure skaters and parents have to sacrifice. By the time they're done the could have sent their kids to an Ivy league school.

So I don't blame them for using their fame to make some money. They've earned the right and it's not like attendance is mandatory. We poke fun at them but it's Ok for some tatted up hipster to whine that he can't get a job with his MFA in Post Modern Puppetry.

I can say this - during the summer, my kid's team shows up for practice at 6:15AM. They stretch and jump into a freezing pool by 6:45. at 8:45 they're done. My son then comes home has a snack, does his summer reading, then he's off to play with his friends.

Considering that the average hipster doesn't get up until the sun's warm, these gymnasts get more done before 9AM than most of us.
Aug. 12, 2012, 5:59 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Pat, my beef is not with the with the gymnastics, it's with the arena itself. This was a place that was brought in by both eminent domain abuse and corporate welfare. A thriving neighborhood was lost thanks to this debacle. The only reason they are probably going there is probably because they know that they will get subsidized for it compared to doing it at MSG or any other place that makes them pay the full price. If you really want to know the true story about the Atlantic Yards, then I suggest you see the film Battle for Brooklyn, because it states the true story of what really happened as opposed to how the media has spinning it. As usual, some try to use sports and other entertainment in their claims that the end will justify the means just as long as they get what they get that arena despite what was used.
Aug. 12, 2012, 12:56 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
Good work kids!!
Aug. 13, 2012, 1:41 am
dodgers fan from Queens says:
so is it Nov 18 or Nov 19?????
Aug. 14, 2012, 9:43 am
dodgers fan from Queens says:
so is it Nov 18 or Nov 19????
Aug. 14, 2012, 9:43 am

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