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U.S. athletes advance on opening day of 2015 World T&T Championships
posted on 11/26/2015

© John Cheng

ODENSE, Denmark, Nov. 26, 2015 – Four U.S. athletes and two teams advanced today at the 2015 World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships at the Stadium Arena Fyn in Odense, Denmark. The World Championships are the first of two opportunities for countries to qualify in trampoline for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The athletes who advanced were Charlotte Drury of Laguna Niguel, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, women’s trampoline (semifinal); Aliaksei Shostak of Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express, men’s trampoline (semifinal); Jeffrey Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy, men’s trampoline (semifinal); and Austin Nacey of Braidwood, Ill./TwistStars Tumbling and Trampoline, men’s tumbling (final). The U.S. advanced to the men’s and women’s tumbling team finals.

USA Gymnastics will provide live coverage of the World Championships’ finals on its YouTube channel beginning Friday, Nov. 27, and post stories, photos and videos from every round on its website, usagym.org, and its social media platforms.

Drury showed emotion as she nailed her optional routine, fist pumping in the out bounce and putting her hands on her head in disbelief as she walked off. She posted a 54.635 optional score. Combined with her 46.190 compulsory score, she sits in ninth place with a 100.825 and will compete in Sunday’s semifinal. 2014 Youth Olympian Nicole Ahsinger of Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express, posted a total of 95.750 to finish 33rd place. Shaylee Dunavin of Amarillo, Texas/Trampoline and Tumbling Express, with a 95.415, and Clare Johnson of Huntsville, Ala./The Matrix Gym, Inc., with a 94.935, finished 35th and 41st, respectively.

Like the U.S. women, the U.S. men’s trampoline team of Logan Dooley of Lake Forest, Ill./World Elite Gymnastics, Jeffrey Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy, Steven Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy, and Aliaksei Shostak of Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express, hit all eight exercises. Shostak was the top finisher for Team USA with a 104.155, which earned him 23rd and a place in the semifinals. Joining him in the semis is Jeffrey Gluckstein, who earned a 104.110 for 24th place. Steven Gluckstein scored a 103.085 to finish in 31st, with Dooley posting a 103.000 for 32nd.

In women’s tumbling, Breanne Millard of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, lead the way for the U.S. Team, which advanced to the team final in fifth place with a 188.500 total score. Millard finished in 15th place at 63.500 and is the third reserve for the final. Kaylah Whaley of Knoxville, Tenn./Premier Athletics Knoxville North, scored a combined 62.800 (18th place), while Yuliya Brown of Idaho Falls, Idaho/Idaho Elite Gymnastics, posted a total score of 62.200 (21st).

The U.S. men’s tumbling team advanced to the final in third place, posting a 212.400. Nacey, who advanced to the individual final, finished 11th overall but advanced due to the two per country rule by tallying a 72.100 for his two runs. Alex Renkert of Indianapolis, Ind./Integrity (70.500), and Brandon Krzynefski of Centreville, Va./Capital Gymnastics National Training Center (69.800), finished 14th and 17th, respectively. Renkert is the third reserve athlete for the finals. Jackson Tyson of Greensboro, N.C./Flip Force Gymnastics, was 27th with 66.100.


The 2015 World Championships’ competition schedule is:

 

 

  • Nov. 27 – qualification for men’s and women’s double mini-trampoline, synchronized trampoline (see timing below), and team finals for women’s tumbling, men’s double mini-trampoline, and men’s and women’s trampoline at 12 p.m. ET
  • Nov. 28 – team finals for women’s double mini-trampoline and men’s tumbling at 9 a.m. ET, and finals for men’s and women’s synchronized trampoline at 11:35 a.m. ET, women’s tumbling at 10:20 a.m. ET, and men’s double mini-trampoline at 10:50 a.m. ET
  • Nov. 29 – semifinals (7:30 a.m. ET) and finals (10:25 a.m. ET) for men’s and women’s trampoline, and finals for women’s double-mini and men’s tumbling (9:05 a.m. ET).



The USA’s draw for the qualification round for the World Championships is: men’s trampoline, group 5 (Nov. 26, 8:30 a.m. ET); women’s trampoline, group 5 (Nov. 26, 9:30 a.m. ET); men’s synchronized trampoline, group 2 (Nov. 27, 8:15 a.m. ET); women’s synchro, groups 1 and 2 (Nov. 27, 4 and 4:45 a.m. ET, respectively); men’s tumbling, group 4 (Nov. 26, 12:30 p.m. ET); women’s tumbling, group 3 (Nov. 26, 5:30 a.m. ET); men’s double-mini, group 3 (Nov. 27, 5:30 a.m. ET); and women’s double mini, group 3 (Nov. 27, 9:15 a.m. ET). Odense, Denmark is six hours ahead of Eastern Time.

Ways to follow the action
Coverage of the World Championships will be posted on usagym.org, including stories, photos and video, and on USA Gymnastics’ social media platforms. USA Gymnastics will post every U.S. routine from the qualifying rounds on its YouTube channel, as well as usagym.org, and will carry live coverage of the final rounds, Nov. 27-29.
The finals schedule for the live webcast is as follows.

Nov. 27

  • 6 p.m. DEN/12 p.m. USET - Team finals – women’s tumbling, men’s double mini-trampoline; men’s/women’s trampoline

Nov.28

  • 3 p.m. DEN/9 a.m. USET - Team finals – women’s double mini-trampoline, men’s tumbling
  • 4:20 p.m. DEN/10:20 a.m. USET - Finals – women’s tumbling
  • 4:50 p.m. DEN/10:50 a.m. USET - Finals – men’s double mini-trampoline
  • 5:35 p.m. DEN/11:35 a.m. USET - Finals – men’s/women’s synchronized trampoline

Nov. 29

  • 1:30 p.m. DEN/5:30 a.m. USET - Semifinals – men’s/women’s trampoline
  • 3:05 p.m. DEN/9:05 a.m. USET - Finals – women’s double-mini, men’s tumbling
  • 4:25 p.m. DEN/10:25 a.m. USET - Finals – men’s/women’s trampoline

DEN=Odense, Denmark; USET=U.S. Eastern time zone

The International Gymnastics Federation’s website, fig-gymnastics.com, will also have complete coverage, results, etc. The hashtags for social media are: #wch2015 #worldchampionships2015 #trampoline #tumbling #dmt.