© John Cheng

TOKYO, July 30, 2021 – World team silver medalist Nicole Ahsinger of Lafayette, La., matched the highest finish for U.S. athletes in Olympic women’s trampoline Friday at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre. Ahsinger posted a 54.350 in the event final to secure sixth place. Previously, Savannah Vinsant, who competed at the 2012 London Olympic Games, was the only U.S. women’s trampolinist to earn a spot in an Olympic final. Vinsant also finished 6th.

China’s Xueying Zhu and Lingling Liu took the gold and silver with a 56.635 and 56.350, respectively. Great Britain’s Bryony Page rounded out the top three with a 55.735.

Earlier in the day, Ahsinger notched scores of 48.325 and 53.785 during qualifications. Her combined 102.110 advanced her to the women’s trampoline final in the seventh position.

The reigning U.S. women’s trampoline champion, Ahsinger was competing in her second Olympic Games.

Qualifications for the men’s trampoline competition will kick off Saturday at midnight ET followed by event finals at 1:50 a.m ET. World silver medalist Aliaksei Shostak, who earned a nominative spot to compete at the Tokyo Olympic Games from the International Gymnastics Federation, is set to represent the U.S. in his first Olympics.