USA's Douglas Wins silver medal at World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships
posted on 09/17/2005

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands – Keith Douglas of Kentwood, Mich., won the silver medal in men’s double-mini trampoline at the 2005 World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Douglas’ silver medal brought the USA’s total medal count to four for the three-day event; the United States claimed two silver and one bronze medal in the team competitions.

Douglas, who entered the finals in third place, earned a total of 73.40 points in the final round (scores from the preliminary round did not carry forward), finishing behind Bulgaria’s Radostin Rachev, who won the double-mini gold medal, and ahead of bronze-medalist Nico Gaertner of Germany.

The USA had several other entries in the individual event finals. Casey Finley of Lubbock, Texas, finished in sixth place in men’s tumbling, which was won by Wang Jiexu of China. In women’s tumbling, Alexis Diaz of Ferndale, Mich., finished in fourth place, and her teammate Yuliya Hall of Idaho Falls, Idaho, was sixth. The duo of Alaina Hebert of Broussard, La., and Jennifer Parilla of Newport Beach, Calif., placed eighth in women’s synchro. Hebert also ended up in fifth place in women’s trampoline.

In the team finals on Sept. 16, the U.S. Women’s Trampoline Team of Jenny Wescott of Lafayette, La., Parilla and Hebert claimed the USA’s first-ever trampoline medal in the team finals at a World Championships. In women's double mini, the United States trio of Megan Dacy of Waxahachie, Texas, Ashlynn Sundvold of Independence, Mo., and Shelley Klochan of Whiting, Ind., garnered the silver medal. The women's tumbling team of Amy McDonald of Crosby, Texas, Hall and Diaz finished in second place. Steve Penny, USA Gymnastics President, said, "We are very proud of our performances this week in Eindhoven. The four medals indicate that our trampoline and tumbling program is back on track for increasing success over the next few years. We are especially pleased by our women's trampoline team medal and individual finishes which demonstrate our ability to contend for a podium position in Beijing."