Douglas Takes Silver at World Championships
17-Sep-05 – Keith Douglas of Kentwood, Mich., won the silver medal in men’s double-mini trampoline at the 2005 World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Douglas’ silver medal brought the USA’s total medal count to four for the three-day event; the United States claimed two silver and one bronze medal in the team competitions.

Douglas, who entered the finals in third place, earned a total of 73.40 points in the final round (scores from the preliminary round did not carry forward), finishing behind Bulgaria’s Radostin Rachev, who won the double-mini gold medal, and ahead of bronze-medalist Nico Gaertner of Germany.

The USA had several other entries in the individual event finals. Casey Finley of Lubbock, Texas, finished in sixth place in men’s tumbling, which was won by Wang Jiexu of China. In women’s tumbling, Alexis Diaz of Ferndale, Mich., finished in fourth place, and her teammate Yuliya Hall of Idaho Falls, Idaho, was sixth. The duo of Alaina Hebert of Broussard, La., and Jennifer Parilla of Newport Beach, Calif., placed eighth in women’s synchro. Hebert took fifth place in women’s trampoline, the best finish for the U.S. in women’s trampoline since 1974, when Alexandra Nicholson took first and Marilyn Stieg second.

3 Medals for U.S. Women in World Championships Team Finals!
16-Sep-05 – Friday evening was very successful for Team USA, as the women’s trampoline team took bronze, and the women’s double mini and tumbling teams both received silver medals.

The women’s trampoline team earned the first-ever medal for the U.S. in a trampoline Team Final at the World Championships, with Jennifer Parilla earning a score of 35.20, Jenny Wescott, 34.10 and Alaina Hebert, 25.00, in a combined effort of 94.30.  Amanda Bailey is the fourth member of the team, but only three are allowed in the Team Final.  China posted an extraordinary score of 112.30 to win the gold, with Russia in second at 108.40.

In women’s double mini, the U.S. was in first place after prelims, but finished just .70 behind the gold-medal team from Portugal in the Team Final.  Megan Dacy led the team with a 34.60 score, followed by Ashlynn Sundvold with 34.40 and Shelley Klochan, 34.00, for a total of 103.00.  Krista Mahoney is the fourth member of the silver-medal team.  The team from Canada scored 92.50 to take the bronze.

The women’s tumbling team moved from third after prelims to take silver behind their leader, Yuliya Hall, who scored 33.10 in the Team Final.  Alexis Diaz posted a score of 32.40 and Amy McDonald added her score of 26.20 to give a combined score of 91.70.  The fourth team member is Leanne Seitzinger.  The strong team from Russia took the gold with an impressive 96.60 score, with France taking the bronze at 90.70.

The men’s tumbling and double mini teams both finished fifth.

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USA Qualifies 5 Individuals, 5 Teams, 1 Pair to World Championships Final Round
16-Sep-05 – In Friday’s action at the 2005 World Championships, Alaina Hebert and Jennifer Parilla finished the qualifying round of women’s synchronized trampoline with a score of 85.00, good enough to send them to finals in second place.  Keith Douglas (Kentwood, MI) had a score of 73.30 in men’s double mini and stands in third going into finals, while teammate Casey Finley (Lubbock, TX) will move on to the final round in men’s tumbling after posting a score of 71.80, fourth best in prelims. More…

U.S. Women Make Statement at World Championships!
15-Sep-05 – When the 33 women finished tumbling prelims at the World Championships, the U.S. had placed two in the final round.  Yuliya Hall (Idaho Falls, ID) placed fourth and Alexis Diaz (Ferndale, MI) placed seventh in the preliminary round to advance to finals.  Hall, who already has four medals in international competition this year, scored a 65.70, and Diaz a 64.20 to lead their team.  In addition, Team USA will be represented in both the women’s tumbling and double mini Team Final Friday evening.  The women’s double mini team enters the final in first place, while the tumbling team is in third before the final.  More…

Hebert In Finals at World Championships!
15-Sep-05 – Alaina Hebert (Broussard, LA) became the first U.S. woman to make finals at the World Championships in several years today, when she finished in eighth place in the qualifying round.  From a field of 60 women, she had a total score of 65.80 and will join athletes from Russia, Germany, Ukraine, Canada, the Netherlands and China in the final.  The U.S. women will also be competing in the Team Final on Friday evening, after qualifying fourth among the women’s teams.  In addition to Hebert, Jennifer Parilla (Newport Beach, CA) and Jenny Wescott (Lafayette, LA) will compete in the team final.  Parilla finished in 11th place with a score of 64.90, her best finish at World Championships since 1996. More…

Poliaroush Featured in FIG Web Site Interview
14-Sep-05 – National Team Coordinator Dmitri Poliaroush is featured in an article on the International Gymnastics Federation web site.  The article is written in conjunction with coverage of the World Championships and details the many great accomplishments throughout Dmitri’s 20-year career as a trampolinist.  Check it out.

Photos From World Games Posted
14-Sep-05 –  Click on the link to see photos from the USA delegation to the 2005 World Games in Duisburg, Germany.

USA Heads to Netherlands for T&T World Championships
09-Sep-05 – The USA Team for the 2005 World Championships has been training in New Jersey this week, getting ready to take on the world in Eindhoven, Netherlands, September 12-18.  Click on the link to see a complete list of team members.  Following World Championships, over 1600 athletes from 30 countries will compete in the International Age-Group Competition.  The 75-member U. S. team will head to Eindhoven September 18.  Click here for a list of the IAG team.