© Ricardo Bufolin

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Nov. 8, 2018 – Eight members of the U.S. Team advanced to the next round, either finals or semifinal, at the 2018 World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships at the Sports and Concert Coliseum (SKK) in St. Petersburg, Russia. The United States placed fourth in the team all-around final. Competition continues tomorrow with the finals for men’s and women’s synchronized trampoline, men’s double-mini and women’s tumbling. The USA Gymnastics twitter feed, @usagym, will have live coverage from the championships, and original stories and photos on usagym.org. U.S.-based fans can watch same-day coverage of the finals on the Olympic Channel and OlympicChannel.com.

Team USA tallied a total of 24 points in the team all-around final, which was matched by Portugal and Canada. By virtue of the tie-break process that calculates a team’s scores by adding the actual scores, not placement, the USA landed in fourth behind Portugal and Canada, respectively.

China won the team all-around with 27 points, followed by Portugal, Canada and the USA at 24. Russia was fifth with 21 points. The U.S. gymnasts who competed in the team all-around final were: double mini-trampoline – Ruben Padilla of Oakley, Calif./Wasatch Trampoline & Tumbling, and Tristan Van Natta of Hilliard, Ohio/Integrity Athletics; trampoline – Cody Gesuelli of Huntsville, Ala./Merino Trampoline Gymnastics Academy, and Nicole Ahsinger of Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express; tumbling – Kaden Brown, Herriman, Utah/Wasatch Trampoline & Tumbling, and Hope Bravo of Dallas, Texas/Eagle Gymnastics Academy; and synchronized trampoline –Joseph Isenberg of Martinsburg, W.Va./Elite Trampoline Academy, and Gesuelli. and Sarah Webster of Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express, and Ahsinger. The points earned by event were: trampoline – women, 3, and men, 1; tumbling – women, 3, and men, 5; double-mini – women, 5, and men, 2; and synchronized trampoline – women, 4, and men, 1.

The gymnasts advancing to the next round, along with the date of competition, are listed below.

November 9 finals


    Men’s double mini-trampoline

    • Matthew Hawkins, Phoenix, Ariz./North Valley Gymnastics
    • Ruben Padilla, Oakley, Calif./Wasatch Trampoline & Tumbling

    Women’s tumbling

    • Hope Bravo, Dallas, Texas/Eagle Gymnastics Academy

    Synchronized trampoline

    • Women: Nicole Ahsinger and Sarah Webster, both of Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express
    • *Men: Cody Gesuelli, Huntsville, Ala./Merino Trampoline Gymnastics Academy/Joseph Isenberg, Martinsburg, W.Va./Elite Trampoline Academy, second reserve

November 10 finals, semifinals

    Women’s trampoline, semifinal

    • Nicole Ahsinger, Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express

    Men’s tumbling

    • Kaden Brown, Herriman, Utah/Wasatch Trampoline & Tumbling
    • *Alex Renkert, Columbus, Ohio/Integrity Athletics, first reserve athlete

    Women’s double mini-trampoline

    • Kristle Lowell, Orland Park, Ill./Morgan Park Sports Center
    • Tristan Van Natta, Hilliard, Ohio/Integrity Athletics

In today’s qualifying round, Ahsinger and Webster posted an 85.880 total to qualify for the finals in women’s synchronized trampoline in sixth place. Alyssa Oh of Rocklin, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, and Jessica Stevens of Ellicott City, Md./Fairland Gymnastics, finished in 12th place. Japan, Canada and Australia had the top three marks.

Van Natta and Lowell advanced to the women’s double-mini final, with their second (69.800) and eighth (68.500) place finishes, respectively. Paige Howard of San Juan Capistrano, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, and Kiley Lockett of Oceanside, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, were two of the four women who earned a 68.200, placing 10th and 11th, respectively, based on the tie-breaker. Spain’s Melania Rodriguez (70.300) qualified in first place, while Canada’s Laurence Roux was third with a 69.200.

In men’s tumbling, Brown earned a 75.200 total to qualify for the final with a fourth-place ranking. Renkert’s 69.700 put him in 11th. Emilio Lehmer of Tempe, Ariz./North Valley Gymnastics, was 22nd and Brandon Krzynefski of Centreville, Va./Capital Gymnastics National Training Center, was 26th. Russia’s Vadim Afanasev took the top qualifying spot, with China’s Zhang Kuo and Britain’s Elliott Browne in the next two.

Neither of the U.S. men’s synchro teams qualified for the synchronized trampoline finals, however Cody Gesuelli of Huntsville, Ala./Merino Trampoline Gymnastics Academy, and Joseph Isenberg of Martinsburg, W.Va./Elite Trampoline Academy, posted an 89.860 for 12th and the second reserve spot. Aliaksei Shostak of Youngsville, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express, and Issac Rowley of Allen, Texas/Eagle Gymnastics Academy, were 23rd. China, Belarus and Australia are at top of the qualifying leaderboard.

Competition format
The competition format for each event is outlined below, and medals will be awarded for each.

  • All-around team competition. At the conclusion of the qualifying rounds, the eight best scores (one per event) for each country will be added together for the all-around team qualifying score. The five countries with the highest score will advance to the all-around final, and each team includes one athlete for each event, along with one men’s and one women’s synchro pair. In the final, the eight gymnasts whose scores counted for each of the events for the qualifying total will compete on their country’s team.
  • Individual trampoline. Each athlete performs two routines (compulsory and voluntary) in the qualification round but performs only one routine in the semifinals and finals. The top 24 men and 24 women advance to the semifinals, with the top eight advancing to the finals.
  • Synchronized trampoline. Each duo performs two routines (compulsory and voluntary) in the qualification round, and the top eight advance to the finals.
  • Tumbling. Each gymnast performs two passes and the eight highest combined scores advance to the individual tumbling finals, where they perform another two passes. Highest combined score for the two final passes wins.
  • Double mini-trampoline. Gymnasts perform two passes in the qualification round, and the top eight two-pass scores advance to the finals. Gymnasts again perform two passes in the finals to determine the champion.
  • Tie-breaking. Ties will be broken, and information on the tie-breaking process may be accessed here.

The World Championships competition schedule, which is subject to change, is as follows. All times are local to St. Petersburg, Russia, which is eight hours ahead of the U.S. Eastern time zone.

    Nov. 9

      4 p.m. – Finals: men’s double mini-trampoline; women’s tumbling; men’s and women’s synchronized trampoline

    Nov. 10

      1:30 p.m. – Semifinals: men’s and women’s trampoline
      4 p.m. – Finals: women’s double-mini; men’s tumbling; and men’s and women’s trampoline

Ways to follow the action
Fans can follow the competition action several different ways.

  • USA Gymnastics website and social media. usagym.org will have event coverage, original stories, photos and more. USA Gymnastics twitter feed will have live coverage from St. Petersburg.
  • U.S. TV and online coverage. Tape-delayed coverage of the finals will air on the Olympic Channel on Nov. 8 from 6-7:30 p.m. ET and Nov. 9-10 from 6-8 p.m. ET, with a simulcast on OlympicChannel.com each day.
  • Live scoring: The International Gymnastics Federation is offering live scoring for the qualifications and finals, which is also available on the FIGymnastics mobile application.
  • FIG and LOC websites: The FIG and LOC event pages will also have news, live scoring, official results, medal standings and a complete competition program.
  • FIG daily highlight clips. A highlight package will be uploaded to the FIG YouTube channel each day, while qualification routines from each athlete will be made available after the championships.

Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. The organization is committed to creating a culture that encourages and supports its athletes and focuses on its highest priority, the safety and well-being of the athletes. USA Gymnastics has already taken specific, concrete steps to strengthen its safe sport policies and procedures. The organization’s disciplines include men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics and gymnastics for all (formerly known as group gymnastics). For more complete information, log on to usagym.org.