They are two of the biggest names in gymnastics. Both Olympic gold-medalists, husband and wife Bart Conner and Nadia Comăneci call Oklahoma their home. Today, in addition to operating a gymnastics academy in Norman, they present the annual Bart & Nadia Sports Experience in Oklahoma City, a three-day affair centered upon encouraging health and wellness. It grew from gymnastics competitions and in 2011 became a highlight family event sponsored by the Oklahoman newspaper.
Tens of thousands attend to enjoy the gymnastics meets with athletes of all ages, a free health expo, sports activities, contests, 5k run and more.
Dates and Times:
The 2017 Bart & Nadia Sports Experience takes place Feb. 10-12. Family activities run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday the 11th. See below for other event times.
Location, Directions and Parking:
Events are held at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City. It is located between Sheridan and Reno, between Robinson and E.K. Gaylord. Follow I-40 to South Shields Boulevard. Exit north on Shields and follow to Reno. There are entrances both on the south side along Reno and the north side along Sheridan.
Also, get details on the best places to park near the facility.
Events and Activities:
The family health activities take place at the expo on Saturday. These include informational booths, sports and fitness challenges, health screenings, prize giveaways and more.
But the Bart & Nadia Sports Experience also includes other associated events:
- Gymnastics - Friday, Feb. 10 at 6:45 p.m., enjoy the "Perfect 10 Challenge" collegiate gymnastics meet. This year's competition features squads from the University of Oklahoma and Auburn. Over the course of the three days, the arena area also hosts the Nadia Comaneci Invitational, a competition with USAG and AAU gymnasts from all over the country. The Nadia Comaneci International Invitational is Saturday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m., and the Bart Conner International Invitational, a boys event with over 300 participants, takes place both Friday and Saturday.
- Runderground - At 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, make your way to the Oklahoma City Underground below the Cox Convention Center for an event presented by OKC Riversport. Runderground is a race beneath the city in which runners do two laps of the course to total 5k.
- OKC Sports Teams - Also involved are representatives from the major sports franchises in Oklahoma City. Kick with the Energy FC, take on the Dodgers pitching challenge or check out the Thunder's traveling, interactive Thunder Bolt exhibit, which features pictures, trivia and more. There are also tennis activities from the USTA.
A vendor application is available for download, and for more expo information, call (405) 475-3156. For gymnastics information, contact Ben Fox at (405) 447-7500.