RICHMOND, B.C., Canada, April 12, 2014 – Elizabeth Price of Coopersburg, Pa./Parkettes, and John Orozco of the Bronx, N.Y./Team Hilton HHonors (U.S. Olympic Training Center), each won two event gold medals and Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo, Calif./Gym-Max, claimed one on the last day of the 2014 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships at the Richmond (B.C., Canada) Olympic Oval. In all, the USA mined 10 event medals (five gold, four silver and one bronze).
Price captured the uneven bars and floor exercise titles, and Ross nabbed the balance beam crown. Orozco’s two golds came on the parallel bars and horizontal bar.
“I am pleased with the results,” said Martha Karolyi, the U.S. women’s national team coordinator. “The most important thing is that the girls were 100 percent consistent. In my opinion, that is really the key to being successful – to hit those routines in any kind of conditions. I am feeling good about where we are, and at the end of the competition, you clap for the good things, and analyze to see where we can improve. We always need to stay objective and continually work to be the best.”
Kevin Mazeika, the U.S. men’s national team coordinator, said, “The guys did a great job all week, and they performed really well throughout the entire competition. I could not be prouder of them. I am very happy with the direction of the men’s program. Our juniors did a fantastic job here, so the future looks really bright for the young guys coming up. And our seniors also did a good job, and I think we are looking good for the events coming up later this year.”
Price and Ross went one-two on the uneven bars and floor exercise. On bars, Price’s 14.600 topped Ross’ 14.375. Australia’s Georgia-Rose Brown took third at 14.150. For the floor, Price racked up a 14.950, with Ross not far behind at 14.500. The bronze went to Canada’s Aleeza Yu (13.975).
Ross earned a 15.025 for her beam routine and her second consecutive Pac Rim beam gold medal. China’s Xie Yufen was second at 14.900. Price added a bronze to her medal collection for her 14.625 routine.
Orozco’s first gold was on the parallel bars. His 15.350 put him ahead of China’s Lu Wentian at 15.300. Colombia’s Jossimar Calvo was third with a 14.850. For the high bar, Orozco posted a 15.250, and Calvo and China’s Yang Shengchao tied at 14.600.
On floor, Orozco tallied a 14.700 to collect the silver medal. Canada’s Scott Morgan won the title (14.850), and Japan’s Toshiya Ikejiri was third at 14.350.
For the still rings, Orozco posted a 14.950 and nailed the silver medal. Chinese Taipei’s Chen Chih-Yu was first at 15.400, and Canada’s Scott Morgan was third at 14.850. Alex Naddour of Gilbert, Ariz./Team Hilton Honors (USA Youth Fitness Center), scored a 14.200 to land in sixth.
On pommel horse, both Naddour and Orozco dropped off the horse and earned a 13.450 to tie for fifth. China’s Yang Shengchao won the gold at 13.750, with his teammate Cai Weifeng taking second at 13.650. Colombia’s Jorge Giraldo was third at 13.550.
For the vault, Canada’s Elisabeth Black won the title for the women, and Hugh Smith of Canada and Calvo are the men’s co-champions.
In addition to the United States, the countries participating are: Australia, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, Philippines and Singapore.
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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