© John Cheng

WROCLAW, Poland, July 24, 2017 – Emily Davis and Aubrey Rosilier, both of San Antonio, Texas/Acrobatic Gymnastics, and Jeffrey Gluckstein, Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy, and Aliaksei Shostak, Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express, each earned top five finishes today at the 10th World Games, the Olympic equivalent for non-Olympic disciplines and/or events, in Wroclaw, Poland. Centennial Hall, a historic venue built in 1911, serves as the site for all gymnastics events in Wroclaw.

In acrobatic gymnastics, the women’s pair of Davis and Rosilier got competition underway with a 27.590 for their balance routine set to “The Sound of Silence.” The pair closed their routine with a difficult balance where Davis executed a straddle L seat on Rosilier’s foot as Rosilier performed a scale. Rosilier then lifted her foot into a stag handstand. In the dynamic routine, the pair performed an upbeat routine, closing out with throw double back and front one-and-a-halfs. Their 26.760 gave them a 54.350 total. They qualified to the final in third place.

In the women’s pair final, Davis and Rosilier recovered well after an error on early element, closing with a throw double back for a 23.860. They finished fourth.

2016 World silver medalist Axel Osborne and Tiffani Williams, both of Moreno Valley, Calif./Realis Gymnastics, scored a 24.570 for their dynamic routine after missing an element in the beginning of their routine. In the balance routine, the pair performed a dramatic routine and showed control throughout an intricate opening lift. They closed with their signature move where the duo performs matching planches. Their 28.030 gave them a 52.600 total and fifth place, just shy of the mixed pair final.

After scoring a 40.650 for a strong first pass, Gluckstein and Shostak were in seventh place. In the second pass, the duo opened with three triples before Shostak came off the trampoline, terminating the routine. They scored 16.350 for a 57.000 total. They finished in eighth place and advanced to the final.

In the final, Shostak and Gluckstein went safely though all 10 elements. They opened with three triples and closed with a Miller straight. Their 49.150 gave them fifth place.

The World Games continue with two more days of gymnastics competition.

  • July 25 – qualifications and finals for acro’s men’s pair and women’s group, and women’s tumbling and men’s double mini-trampoline
  • July 26 – qualifications and finals for acro’s men’s group, and women’s double mini-trampoline, men’s tumbling and women’s synchronized trampoline

Governed by the International World Games Association (IWGA) and recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), this multi-sport event is held every four years in the year following the summer Olympics. The World Games features competition in 37 sports with more than 4,500 athletes from around the world.

Four gymnastics disciplines with a total of 20 medal events are included in the program for the 2017 World Games. The breakdown of the 326 gymnasts participating is: 78 athletes, acrobatic gymnastics; 144, aerobic gymnastics; 24 athletes, rhythmic gymnastics; and 80 athletes, trampoline and tumbling.

The Olympic Channel will broadcast select events from the World Games. The World Games will also be live streamed on OlympicChannel.com, the Olympic Channel app, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app.

For more information on gymnastics at the World Games, click here. For information on the World Games in general including a complete schedule, go to theworldgames2017.com.

Acrobatic gymnastics
Acrobatic gymnastics first appeared at the 1993 World Games in The Hague, Netherlands. In 2017, 78 athletes make up the field for the five events: women’s pair, mixed pair, men’s pair, women’s group and men’s group. The women’s group has three gymnasts, and the men’s group has four gymnasts. The top four pairs/groups in the qualification round (which features one dynamic and one balance exercise) advance to the finals (one combined exercise).

Trampoline and tumbling
Tumbling and individual and synchronized trampoline have been included in the World Games since the event debuted in 1981 in Santa Clara, Calif. Double mini-trampoline was added to the World Games in 2001. Individual trampoline joined the Olympic Games program in 2000, which resulted in its removal from the World Games. The trampoline field in Wroclaw features 80 athletes competing in three disciplines: synchronized trampoline (40), double mini-trampoline (20); and tumbling (20). Ten athletes/pairs per discipline will compete in qualifying, in each discipline, the top eight athletes from preliminary competition, with a limit of one per country, qualify for finals.