RICHMOND, B.C., Canada, April 9, 2014 – The USA easily won the team title at the 2014 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships at the Richmond (B.C., Canada) Olympic Oval. The United States also won both all-around gold medals, with Elizabeth Price of Coopersburg, Pa., and Bailie Key of Montgomery, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics, taking the top senior and junior honors, respectively. Competition continues tomorrow with the men’s team and all-around finals and the first day of rhythmic gymnastics competition. Fans can follow all of the action via a live webstream available through usagym.org.
In the team competition, the USA captured the title with a total of 237.000. Canada was second at 222.700, followed by China with 222.400.
In the all-around, the women took both the gold and silver medals for both the junior and senior levels. For the seniors, Price won the title with her 59.900, and Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo, Calif./Gym-Max, claimed the silver at 58.700. The USA actually had the top three junior all-around scores, but medals are limited to two per country. Key’s 59.250 gave her the junior crown. Nia Dennis of Westerville, Ohio/Buckeye Gymnastics, was second at 57.950, and Norah Flatley of Cumming, Iowa/Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance, had the third best score at 56.850. Peyton Ernst of Coppell, Texas/Texas Dreams, rounds out the U.S. team, but she did not compete on all four events. The all-around bronze medalists were Elisabeth Black of Canada for the seniors at 57.100, and China’s Lou Huan at 56.300 for the juniors.
The USA started on the balance beam, and Key set the stage by scoring 14.850. Her routine, which got the team’s highest mark, included a standing Arabian, a flip-flop, flip-flop layout series, and her dismount of two back handsprings to a triple full. Flatley’s 14.650 was the next highest. The remaining scores that counted toward the team were Ross’ 14.450, Price’s 14.100 and Ernst’s 14.050, bringing the team’s event score to 58.050. Dennis earned a 14.050 for her routine.
On floor, Price tallied a 15.100, earning the USA’s highest score. Her routine included a double twisting double tuck pass, which she stuck, and a stuck double layout. The other scores were: Ross, 14.150; Key and Dennis, 14.750; and Flatley, 13.950. The American’s event score was 58.750, taking their two event mark to 116.200.
Price also posted the team’s highest mark on vault, posting a 15.700 for her Amanar (a two-and-a-half twisting Yurchenko). Both Ross and Key earned a 15.300 for their vaults. Dennis turned in a 15.150, while Ernest had a 15.050. Flatley’s score was 14.050. The event total was 61.450, bringing the team three-event total to 177.650.
The women finished up on the uneven bars. Price’s 15.000 was the top mark, followed by Ross’ 14.800. The other bar scores were: Flatley, 14.200; Key, 14.350; Ernst, 14.600; and Dennis, 14.000.
The remaining competition schedule is listed below, and each of these sessions will have a live webstream, provided by ViaSport Productions in partnership with Gymnastics BC and Gymnastics Canada, that has a separate feed for each apparatus. ViaSport also plans to archive each participant’s routines. The legend for the abbreviations used below is: WAG=women’s artistic gymnastics; MAG=men’s artistic gymnastics; RG-rhythmic gymnastics; TG=trampoline. The USA is competing in women’s gymnastics, men’s gymnastics and rhythmic gymnastics.
Thursday, April 10
- 9-10:30 a.m. - RG: Junior group (includes USA), hoop and clubs awards
- 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. - TG: Synchronized trampoline preliminaries, finals & awards
- 1:30-4 p.m. - MAG: Group 1 team & all-around
- 1:30.-4:30 p.m. - RG: team and AA, ball & hoop, subdivision 1
- 5:30.-8 p.m. - MAG: Group 2 team, all-around & awards (includes USA)
- 5:30-8:30 p.m. - RG: team and AA, ball & hoop, subdivision 2 (includes USA)
Friday, April 11
- 9 a.m.-12 p.m. - RG: team and AA, ribbon & club, subdivision 1
- 1-4:15 p.m. - RG: team and AA, ribbon & club, subdivision 2 (includes USA)
- 6-9 p.m. - TG: Individual & team, team awards
- 6-9:30 p.m. - MAG & WAG: Junior event finals & awards
Saturday, April 12
- 9 a.m.-1 p.m. - RG: junior and senior event finals & awards
- 2:30 p.m.-6 p.m. - MAG & WAG: senior event finals & awards; TG: finals & awards
Tickets are still available for the championships with some sessions sold-out or with limited availability. All tickets can be purchased on line at www.pacificrimchamps.eventbrite.com.
The 2014 Pacific Rim Championships are hosted by Gymnastics Canada and Gymnastics BC. The Pacific Rim Championships (known as the Pacific Alliance Championship until 2008) were last held in Canada in 2002 in Burnaby. Recent hosts include Honolulu in 2004 and 2006; San Jose, Calif., in 2008; Melbourne, Australia, in 2010; and Everett, Wash., in 2012. At the past four summer Olympics, Pacific Rim countries have combined for a total of 101 gymnastics Olympic medals including 37 gold. For more detailed information, go to www.pacificrimchamps.com.
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