Reigning U.S. and World Champions Angel Felix (Moreno Valley, Calif./Realis Gymnastics Academy) and Braiden McDougall (Riverside, Calif./Realis Gymnastics Academy) make history as the first American men’s pair to win an Acrobatic World Cup Series title following the 2023 Rzeszów World Cup. All three U.S. pairs and groups landed on the all-around podium at the competition over the weekend.
Felix and McDougall posted a 28.200 to claim men’s pair all-around silver and secure their first World Cup Series title. The pair landed just behind Daniyel Dil and Vadium Shulyar (28.600) and ahead of Nazar Jantassov and Aisultsan Sagynbek (27.860), both of Kazakhstan. In women’s pair competition, Mo Arthur (Rolla, Mo./Mid America Acro Tumbling) and Ariana Katsov (Owensville, Mo./Mid America Acro Tumbling) earned all-around bronze (27.480) behind Israel’s Rony Cohen and Maya Velner in first (27.920) and Portugal’s Monica Lima and Maria Marvao in second (27.500).
The trio from Emilia’s Acro Gymnastics and Cheer, Mariam Tutberidze (Owings Mills, Md.), Grace Vonder Haar (Laurel, Md.) and Kayla Vonder Haar (Laurel, Md.) also picked up a bronze medal at the competition in Poland; their third bronze in this year’s World Cup series. The group posted a 28.220 for third behind Belgium’s group of Sofie Jaeken, Lauren Verbrugghe and Mirte Vercautern in first with a 29.480 and Portugal’s group of Carolina Marques, Joana Pinto and Eduarda Portela in second with a 28.990.
The acrobatic athletes will be back in action this month for the USA Gymnastics Championships June 22-24 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Men’s Pair Medalists
Women’s Pair Medalists
Women’s Group Medalists