TORONTO, Ont., Canada, July 14, 2015 – The USA’s Rachel Gowey of Urbandale, Iowa/Chow’s Gymnastics, and Marvin Kimble of Milwaukee, Wis./U.S. Olympic Training Center, won the uneven bars and pommel horse gold medals, respectively, at the 2015 Pan American Games at the Toronto (Ont.) Coliseum. Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore, Md./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center), claimed two silver medals (floor exercise and still rings), with Amelia Hundley of Fairfield, Ohio/Cincinnati Gymnastics, and Sam Mikulak of Newport Coast, Calif./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center), bringing home the uneven bars and floor bronze, respectively. Artistic gymnastics at the 2015 Pan Am Games concludes tomorrow with the final day of individual event finals, beginning at 1:35 p.m. ET.
In the men’s floor final, Whittenburg went out of bounds when he opened with a one-and-a-half to double front. He came back with a strong laidout double-double. Closing with a piked half-in, half-out, he scored a 14.975 to win the silver. Mikulak incurred a .100 deduction for going outside of the floor area on his second tumbling pass, which ended in a Randi. He was clean otherwise, finishing with a triple full for a 14.925 and third place. It was the first time since 1991 that the U.S. men put two men on the floor podium at the Pan Am Games. Guatemala’s Jorge Vega Lopez won the gold with a 15.150.
On the pommel horse, Kimble was delighted with his extremely clean exercise. After a nearly flawless routine, which included intricate one pommel work, travels along the length of the horse and a smooth handstand dismount, he fist pumped in celebration. His 15.025 tied him with Colombia’s Jossimar Calvo Moreno for gold. The U.S. had not claimed the gold medal in the pommel final at the Pan Am Games since 1987 when Olympic gold medalist Tim Daggett took the title. Mikulak began his routine with the skill named in his honor – a full scissor from end to end – and finished with a handstand pirouette dismount for a 14.575 and fifth place.
Gowey showed her trademark clean lines on the uneven bars. She executed an in-bar Shaposhnikova to giant full, a stalder Tkatchev and a double layout dismount to earn a 14.725 and the gold medal. Hundley worked smoothly through a Weiler-half to Maloney and a stalder Tkatchev to Pak salto. She controlled her full-out dismount well for a 14.650 and the bronze. The U.S. has now won four straight uneven bars gold medals at the Pan Am Games, with Chellsie Memmel (2003), Shawn Johnson (2007), and Bridgette Caquatto (2011) taking the top spot in the last three Pan Ams. Venezuela’s Jessica Lopez Arocha posted a 14.700 to take second place.
Whittenburg returned for the rings final where he opened with an Azarian Maltese, bounce to L cross, push to planche opening strength sequence. He nailed the landing of his layout double-double for a 15.525 and the silver medal. Brazil’s Arthur Zanetti was last up and posted a 15.725 to grab the gold. Cuba’s Manrique Larduet was third with 15.450.
Wednesday’s event finals include men’s vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar, and women’s balance beam and floor exercise.
Trampoline follows on the heels of artistic gymnastics, with men’s and women’s qualifications and finals on July 18-19. The U.S. squad features: men – Logan Dooley of Lake Forest, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, and Steven Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy; and women – Charlotte Drury of Laguna Niguel, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, and Clare Johnson of Huntsville, Ala./The Matrix.
For rhythmic gymnastics, Jazzy Kerber of Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, and Laura Zeng of Libertyville, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, are competing, along with the senior rhythmic group. The members of the rhythmic gymnastics group, who train at North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, are: Kiana Eide of Northbrook, Ill.; Alisa Kano of Glencoe, Ill.; Natalie McGiffert of Northbrook, Ill.; Monica Rokhman of Northbrook, Ill.; Jennifer Rokhman of Northbrook, Ill.; and Kristen Shaldybin of Chicago. Rhythmic qualifications are July 17-18, with finals on July 19-20.
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ESPN and ESPN2 will present live 66 hours. ESPN’s telecasts will kick off with the Opening Ceremony on Friday, July 10, at 7:30 p.m. – marking the first English-language live presentation of the ceremony in 30 years – and wrap up with a five-hour live window on July 26 for the closing day of the Games, starting at 1:00 p.m. Between July 11- 25, ESPN2 will present two to six hours of daily live coverage focused on men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball, diving, swimming, gymnastics, boxing, track and field, and soccer. The network will also present daily highlights of all medal winners and the action across every venue.
ESPN3 will carry 580 hours of Pan American Games programming, with live access to almost every competition in more than 15 different disciplines, including basketball, gymnastics, swimming, diving, soccer, volleyball, karate, taekwondo, track and field, and many others.
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