The 22nd Trampoline World Championships
posted on 07/27/2001

The 22nd Trampoline World Championships in Odense, Denmark got underway July 26 with the Men's and Women's Individual Trampoline preliminaries. Ryan Weston of Chubbuck, Idaho and Jennifer Parilla of Lake Forest, California represented the USA. It was a disappointing day for Weston, who began with a good compulsory routine (18th after compulsories), but ran into trouble on the optional, completing only 3 skills. Parilla stood 19th after the compulsory round. She had a chance at making up some ground with her optional, but landed the last skill on the pad. She still finished 19th in a field of 51.


In Men's Tumbling, Frankie Hartman of New Orleans, Louisiana will advance to the final round. His score of 71.0 was just enough to put him in the top 8 after prelims. Only 8 are taken to finals, with only 2 per country permitted. Russia, France, South Africa, Great Britain and Lithuania will also have competitors in the final, which will take place July 28. Other men's tumblers for the USA were Jared Olsen of Plain City, Utah, who placed 15th; Chris Helton, Kenner, Louisiana, 22nd; and Brad Davis, Lubbock, Texas, 23rd. The men will also compete in the Team Final.

In Women's Tumbling, Alisha Robinson of Bates City, Missouri and Lajeana Davis of Roscoe, Illinois finished 4th and 6th, respectively, to advance to finals. They will compete against athletes from Ukraine, Russia, Great Britain and France for the championship. Missing from this year's World Championships is Amanda Lentz of Seminole, Texas, who suffered a knee injury in the second Team Trial. No other USA athletes qualified for the team, so the USA is not eligible for the Team Final, which requires 3 per country for the team event.

In Double Mini-Trampoline, the USA fielded a team of 4 men and 3 women. Keith Douglas of Grand Rapids, Michigan finished 7th in prelims, sending him to the final round. He will face competitors from Canada, Portugal, Brazil, Bulgaria, New Zealand and Sweden. David Ford, Pocatello, Idaho narrowly missed making it to finals when he finished in 9th place, while Josh Vance of Grand Rapids, Michigan, was 13th and Derrick Aldrich of Windermere, Florida, was 25th. The men will compete in the team final.

In Women's Double Mini, Tara Sewell of Shallowater, Texas and Dede Mogavero of Lubbock, Texas will move into finals in 6th and 8th place, respectively. Erin Smith, Pocatello, Idaho, finished 23rd. The women's team will also advance to the team final.

Complete results may be found at the International Gymnastics Federation web site www.fig-gymnastics.org