Biles, Skinner win vault medals at 2014 World Gymnastics Championships
posted on 10/11/2014

© John Cheng

NANNING, China, Oct. 11, 2014 – Two-time World all-around champion Simone Biles of Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre, and MyKayla Skinner of Gilbert, Ariz./Desert Lights, won the silver and bronze vault medals at the 2014 World Championships at the Guangxi Sports Center Gymnasium in Nanning, China. Competition concludes tomorrow with the final day of individual event finals, scheduled for at 1 p.m. local time/1 a.m. ET and featuring six U.S. athletes. U.S. fans may follow the action live at universalsports.com and usagymworlds.com.

The U.S. gymnasts competing on the final day of competition are: Jake Dalton of Reno, Nev./Team Hilton HHonors (University of Oklahoma), vault; Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo, Calif./Gym-Max, and Biles, balance beam; Danell Leyva of Miami, Fla./Team Hilton HHonors (Universal Gymnastics), and Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore, Md./Team Hilton HHonors (U.S. Olympic Training Center) parallel bars; and Biles and Skinner, floor exercise.

Biles' first vault was a powerful Amanar, scoring a 15.900. Her second vault, a layout Podkopayeva, earned a 15.208, giving her a 15.554 average for the silver medal. Skinner's first vault was a Cheng (Yurchenko half-on, Rudi off), posting a 15.700, and her Yurchenko double twist yielded a 15.033 for a final average of 15.366 and the bronze medal. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s Hong Un Jong won the title with an average of 15.599.

In the uneven bars final, Ashton Locklear of Huntersville, N.C./Everest Gymnastics, began with an in-bar stalder full to in-bar Shaposhnikova (Komova) directly into a Pak salto. Her opening sequence, which consists of six consecutive skills, finished with a Shaposhnikova to overshoot to stalder shoot to the high bar. She nearly stuck her full out dismount for a 15.266, just missing the bronze medal by 0.017. China’s Yao Jinnan and Huang Huidan took first and second at 15.633 and 15.566, respectively. Russia’s Daria Spiridonova was the bronze medalist at 15.283.

In the men’s floor exercise final, Jake Dalton of Reno, Nev./Team Hilton HHonors (University of Oklahoma), began with an Arabian double layout and came back with a whip to Arabian double pike. With a stuck triple full dismount, he earned a 15.600 for fourth place. Russia’s Denis Abliazin won the gold medal (15.750). Japan’s Kenzo Shirai was second at 15.733, with Brazil’s Diego Hypolito in third at 15.700.

Alexander Naddour of Queen Creek, Ariz./Team Hilton HHonors (USA Youth Fitness Center), was second up in the pommel horse final. Opening with two scissors to handstands, Naddour scored a 15.300 for his routine that also included an intricate single-pommel sequence, a Magyar to Sivado and a handstand pirouette dismount. He finished in sixth place. Hungary’s Krisztian Berki claimed the gold medal with his 16.033. Croatia’s Filip Ude was second at 15.783, and the bronze went to France’s Cyril Tommasone (15.600).

The still rings medalists were: gold, China’s Liu Yang (15.933); silver, Brazil’s Arthur Nabarrete Zanetti (15.733); and bronze, China’s You Hao (15.700).

Ways to follow the action

Here's a quick overview of the ways to watch and follow the U.S. Team's performances at the 2014 World Championships in Nanning, China. The time difference between Nanning and New York City is 12 hours; when it is noon in Nanning, it is midnight in New York. For more information on the World Championships, please go to usagymworlds.com.

  • Live webcasts. UniversalSports.com will have live webcasts of the team, all-around and individual event finals from Nanning, which will also be available at usagymworlds.com. For U.S. Eastern Daylight Savings time, the live webcasts are scheduled for: Oct. 12 – individual event finals, 1 a.m.
  • Cable TV. Universal Sports Network will air each finals session of the 2014 World Championships daily from 8-10 p.m. ET on Oct. 7-12. In addition, UniversalSports.com will provide LIVE streaming of the final six sessions. The network’s broadcast team includes Olympic gold medalists Bart Conner and Amanda Borden. Live webstreams of the finals sessions will also be available at usagymworlds.com.
  • NBC. NBC will broadcast coverage of the Worlds on Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. and Oct. 12 at 3 p.m. ET, hosted by NBC Sports Group’s gymnastics team of Al Trautwig, Tim Daggett, 1984 Olympic team gold medalist, and Nastia Liukin, 2008 Olympic all-around champion.
  • usagymworlds.com. USA Gymnastics will provide enhanced coverage from Nanning, including results, photos, interviews and the webcast. Fans can also follow the action on Facebook, facebook.com/USAGymnastics, and Twitter, @usagym, #FIGWorlds2014ART or #USAGymWorlds.
  • Live scoring. The International Gymnastics Federation provides live scoring from its World Championships. For more information and access, go to fig-gymnastics.com.