Logan Dooley Wins 2 Golds
By Luan Peszek
At the 2009 Trampoline and Tumbling World Cup in Belgium, Logan Dooley and his partner, Steven Gluckstein, earned the first men's U.S. gold medal at a World Cup event in trampoline by winning the synchro title. Dooley went on to win a gold medal in men's individual trampoline. We caught up with Dooley when he returned home from the competition to talk about his accomplishments.
USA Gymnastics: How did it feel to win the USA's first men's World Cup gold medal in synchro at the World Cup in Belgium?
Logan: When Steven and I won the Synchro event, I think we were both as happy as you can get. And we didn't even know right away that we were the first American men to ever achieve that goal. I felt like it represented not only the perseverance and determination of those who have lead the way for our sport, but it represented the true American spirit.
USA Gymnastics: Tell us about your routine?
Logan: We hit a really good routine, with a 15.6 degree of difficulty, and stayed in good synch for the whole routine.
USA Gymnastics: Did you and Steven talk about winning before your routine?
Logan: We didn't talk about winning, but we agreed that this was a really good opportunity for us to medal in synchro.
USA Gymnastics: Do you and Steven have a ritual you do before competition?
Logan: We say our routine out loud together and then shake hands and say something like, "You got it."
USA Gymnastics: How did it feel to win a second gold medal on men's individual trampoline?
Logan: When I won the Individual event, I was feeling sort of a stunned, with a combination of emotions - I was incredibly excited, but at the same time it wasn't official yet, so I was also feeling a little nervous. Once I realized that I had actually won a World Cup competition, I felt a pretty overwhelming sense of joy. And when I found out that this was also a "first" for the USA, it actually sent a chill through me.
USA Gymnastics: Can you talk about your winning routine?
Logan: Yes, I performed a good routine with very little travel and good form!
USA Gymnastics: Which event do you like the best - synchro or individual - and why?
Logan: I like both. I tend to put more pressure on myself in individual to complete each skill, but with synchro I concentrate on staying in synch with Steven.
USA Gymnastics: What was the best part of the trip?
Logan: There's no question that the most memorable experience of this trip was standing on the awards podium and feeling this incredible sense of pride as our National Anthem was playing ... and knowing that our victories represented the first time that our U.S. flag had flown for the men's competition in a Trampoline World Cup. A once-in-a-lifetime experience!
USA Gymnastics: You and Steven finished fourth in synchro at the World Cup in Poland - can you talk about that?
Logan: Every competition is a new challenge because you're always striving to do better than you did the last time. Whether it's at the national level or the international level, the pressure is pretty intense. But the World Cup events in Belgium and Poland were even more nerve-wracking because the competition at that level is amazing and you're representing your country. Sometimes the difference of just a tenth of a point will mean the difference between winning gold or placing fourth. It's all in the eyes of the judges. In the World Cup in Poland, we were just two tenths of a point shy of a medal - but still a pretty nice position for the U.S. in terms of international ranking.
USA Gymnastics: What is your next goal?
Logan: The World Championships.
USA Gymnastics: What is the best part of doing trampoline?
USA Gymnastics: What is your favorite skill to do on trampoline?
USA Gymnastics: Walk me through a normal day for you?
Age: 21 (Logan will turn 22 on September 26, 2009)