BIRMINGHAM, England (November 12, 2023) – Led by the first-ever gold medal for the U.S. in the team all-around and a win from the women’s duo of Nicole Ahsinger (Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express) and Sarah Webster (Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express), the U.S. won four history-making medals on Sunday to conclude a wildly successful 2023 T&T World Championships in Birmingham, England.
For the first time since 1974, the U.S. put both men’s and women’s synchronized trampoline pairs on the medal stand. The duo of Ahsinger and Webster on Sunday won gold with a 49.490, becoming the first women’s pair since 1976 to win a synchro medal and the first men’s or women’s American duo to win gold since 1982. China placed second (48.950) and Great Britain third (48.830).
The men’s pair of Ruben Padilla (Bluffdale, Utah/Wasatch Trampoline & Tumbling) and Aliaksei Shostak (Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express) won silver with a 50.700 to become the first U.S. men’s pair to medal since 1982. Germany took first with a 51.130, and France was third with a 49.980.
2023 Pan American Games champion Jessica Stevens (Ellicott City, Md./Fairland Gymnastics) won the bronze in women’s trampoline, becoming the first U.S. American to win an individual trampoline medal since 1974. Stevens scored a 55.740 on the apparatus to take her place on the podium behind Bryony Page of Great Britain in first (56.680) and Xueying Zhu of China (56.460) in second.
After three World Championship cycles of all-around silver medals, the U.S. trampoline and tumbling delegation clinched their first team all-around gold Sunday morning. In a tight competition from Round 1, Americans held onto their lead through three rounds in the final to win the all-around gold medal with a total of 29 points. Portugal was second with a matching score of 29 points, with the tie break determined by the higher raw score between the two countries (USA: 315.340, POR: 312.890). Britain was third with 26 points.
The team competing throughout each round in the final included Ahsinger, Kaden Brown (Herriman, Utah/Wasatch Trampoline & Tumbling), Miah Bruns (Crete, Ill./World Champions Centre), Cody Gesuelli (Huntsville, Ala./Merino Trampoline Gymnastics Academy), Padilla, Shelby Nobuhara (Mapleton, Utah/High Altitude), Isaac Rowley (Allen, Texas/Eagle Gymnastics Academy), Shostak, Stevens and Webster.
In total, Team USA collected 10 medals at the 2023 FIG T&T World Championships in Birmingham. A full breakdown of medals is listed below.
Competition in England is not over as over 60 U.S. junior and senior trampoline and tumbling athletes take over Utilita Arena in Birmingham November 16-19 for the 2023 World Age Group Competitions. Visit worldchamps.british-gymnastics.org for more information about the event.
Women’s medals: 5
Men’s medals: 4
- Team all-around (Ahsinger, Brown, Bruns, Gesuelli, Padilla, Nobuhara, Rowley, Shostak, Stevens, Webster)
- Men’s DMT team (Padilla, Kline, Minc, Smith)
- Women’s synchro (Ahsinger, Webster)
- Ruben Padilla, double mini (30.600)
- Men’s synchro (Padilla, Shostak)
- Kaden Brown, tumbling (30.100)
- Aliah Raga, double mini (26.200)
- Women’s TUM team (Bravo, Bruns, Katchalova, Taylor)
- Jessica Stevens, trampoline (55.740)
- Gracie harder, double mini (26.100)
Women’s Synchro Medalists
Men’s Synchro Medalists
Women’s Trampoline Medalists
USA – Team All-Around Champions