ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, Oct. 22, 2010 — Rebecca Bross of Plano, Texas, won the bronze medal in the women’s all-around at the 2010 World Championships at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, Netherlands. On Saturday, Oct. 23, and Sunday, Oct. 24, the World Championships conclude with the individual event finals.
"Rebecca continues to demonstrate the qualities that make her a true champion," said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. "Her grit and determination today were impressive and we are proud of her achievement."
Russia’s Aliya Mustafina won the gold medal with a total score of 61.032. China’s Jiang Yuyan was second at 59.998, and Bross was third at 58.966. The USA’s Alexandra Raisman of Needham, Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics, posted a 55.699 to finish 13th. Earlier today, Jonathan Horton of Houston/Cypress Gymnastics, won the men’s all-around bronze medal.
Raisman and Bross each performed a Yurchenko double full. On bars, Bross delivered a clean routine that included an in-bar stalder full, a Tkatchev, in-bar stalder blind, Jaeger, stalder full, and a stuck tucked half-in, half-out dismount. Raisman had a rough time on bars, but finished with a solid double-front dismount. On beam, Raisman’s routine featured a handspring layout and Arabian double front dismount. Bross fell on a standing Arabian front but finished with an Arabian double-front dismount. Both gymnasts had strong performances on floor. Bross’ routine included a punch layout to double-front punch, immediate split jump and a two-and-a-half punch front full. Raisman performed a one-and-a-half step-out to double Arabian to immediate split jump, a triple full and a double-pike dismount.
"I am very proud of my bronze medal," said Bross, who trains at WOGA. "I am a little disappointed – not because it is a bronze medal but because I made a mistake. And, you always want to go without the mistakes.
Bross’ individual event scores are: 14.700, vault; 14.933, uneven bars; 14.100, balance beam; and 15.233, floor exercise.
Raisman’s individual event scores are: 14.900, vault; 11.700, uneven bars; 14.466, balance beam; and 14.633, floor exercise.
"It felt really good (to compete in the finals)," said Raisman, who is competing in her first World Championships. "It’s an honor to be in this competition. I am disappointed about what happened on bars, but I am happy that I did the other three events well to finish strong."
For individual events, the top eight on each apparatus from the qualification rounds advance to the finals (Oct. 23-24). A maximum of two gymnasts per country advances to the all-around and individual event finals.
The U.S. women competing in the individual event finals are: vault – Alicia Sacramone of Winchester, Mass./Brestyan’s; uneven bars – Bross and Bridget Sloan of Pittsboro, Ind./Sharp’s Gymnastics; balance beam – Bross and Sacramone; and floor exercise – Raisman. The men competing in the individual event finals are: floor exercise – Steven Legendre of Flower Mound, Texas; and horizontal bar – Chris Brooks of Houston/University of Oklahoma and Danell Leyva of Miami/Universal Gymnastics. Brandon Wynn of Voorhees, N.J./Ohio State University, is the first reserve athlete for still rings.
Fans can follow the action on both Universal Sports and NBC Sports. Universal Sports is carrying a live webcast on universalsports.com and providing same-day, tape-delayed primetime broadcasts on its cable network for all of the final rounds, as well as hosting "Around the Gym, presented by AT&T" after each night’s broadcast to recap the day’s performance and preview the upcoming competition. The live webcast for all of the final rounds is only $9.99 with the code USAGYMFAN. NBC Sports will broadcast coverage on Oct. 23 and 24. For the complete web and TV schedules, go to usagym.org/worlds.
On its official website usagym.org/worlds, USA Gymnastics will provide enhanced coverage from Rotterdam that will include results and exclusive photos from the competition as well as daily video interviews. USA Gymnastics will also post event updates on its Facebook and Twitter pages and provide LIVE team scores and rankings from each day of Team USA competition @USA_GymEvents.
In addition to awarding world medals, the 2010 World Championships also determine the 24 countries that advance to the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo. Countries have two opportunities to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games, finishing in the top eight in the team competition at the 2011 World Championships or in the top four at the 2012 Olympic Test Event in London. World champions and medalists will be determined for both men and women in the team, all-around and individual events.
2010 World Championships
Oct. 22, 2010
Women’s all-around finals
1. Aliya Mustafina, Russia, 61.032
2. Jiang Yuyan, China, 59.998
3. Rebecca Bross, USA/Plano, Texas, 58.966