HUNTSVILLE, Texas, April 4, 2013 – 2012 Olympians Steven Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J./ETA, and Savannah Vinsant of Lafayette, La./T&T Express, will compete tomorrow at the 2013 Word Games Trial, which will be held at the USA Gymnastics National Training Center at the Karolyi Ranch, an official U.S. Olympic Training Site.
Gluckstein is joined by his brother, Jeffrey, also of Atlantic Highlands, N.J./ETA, while Vinsant is joined by 2012 Olympic alternate Dakota Earnest of Plains, Texas/Acrospirits, as the duos vie for a chance to represent Team USA in synchronized trampoline.
The competition is the first of two events to determine the athletes who will represent the United States at the 2013 Word Games in Cali, Colombia this summer. The final selection event is the U.S. Elite Challenge, scheduled for May 2-5 in Frisco, Texas.
Approximately 4,500 athletes from 100 countries are expected to compete at the World Games, a multi-sport event for non-Olympic disciplines, including men’s and women’s synchronized trampoline, double-mini trampoline and tumbling.
Joining Gluckstein and Vinsant, who is the first and only U.S. competitor to advance to the trampoline finals at the Olympic Games, are reigning U.S. champions Kalon Ludvigson of Pocatello, Idaho/Team Revolution, men’s tumbling; Marina Moskalenko of Orlando, Fla./Stick It Gymnastics, women’s tumbing; Austin White of Newport Coast, Calif./World Elite, men’s double-mini; and Erin Jauch of Crystal Lake, Ill./Fox Valley T&T, women’s double-mini. Two-time Olympic trampoline alternate Logan Dooley of Lake Forest, Calif./World Elite, will compete in the synchronized competition with partner Neil Gulati of Irvine, Calif./World Elite.