It's been twenty years since Amanda Borden, Amy Chow, Dominique Dawes, Shannon Miller, Dominique Moceanu, Jaycie Phelps and Kerri Strug marched into the Georgia dome and earned the nickname "The Magnificent Seven." The first U.S. female gymnasts to win team gold, their performances at the 1996 Olympics—which included Moceanu's dazzling floor exercise to "Devil Went down to Georgia," Miller's best-in-the-world balance beam routine and, of course, Strug's heroic vault landed on one leg—made them gymnastics legends.
And so it's perfectly fitting that they'll be at the women's Olympic Trials to both celebrate their achievements and send off the next generation of potential Olympic champions. Taking place in between the two days of competition at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., the Parade of Olympians will feature decades of gymnastics royalty along with the Magnificent 7.
130 U.S. Olympic gymnasts total are expected to attend the parade on July 9th at 7:30 p.m., including gold medalists Tim Daggett, Mary Lou Retton, Paul Hamm, Carly Patterson, Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin. Two gold medalists who may not appear in the parade are 2012 Olympians Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman--instead, they'll be competing in the Olympic Trials on July 8th and 10th in hopes of making their second Olympic team. Two of Douglas and Raisman's Fierce Five teammates, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber, will also be in San Jose for Trials.
Three stars from American Idol will perform during the parade: Scotty McCreery, Katherine McPhee and La'Porsah Renae. "Austin & Ally" star Laura Marano will also sing.
Steve Penny, the president of USA Gymnastics, said in the press release, "This is going to be the sport's largest celebration of the amazing performances of USA Gymnastics’ athletes throughout Olympic history, which paved the way for today’s success. Having the Magnificent Seven among the Olympians attending adds a special luster because 20 years ago they stole America’s hearts. And, combining music and sport always makes for good fun."
The U.S. women's Olympic gymnastics team will be announced on Sunday, July 10th after the competition concludes around 10:30 p.m. ET.