Osborne, Williams win World silver; U.S. qualifies to World Games
posted on 04/03/2016

PUTIAN, China, April 3, 2016 – Team USA’s Tiffani Williams of Moreno Valley, Calif, and Axel Osborne of Beaumont, Calif., who both train at Realis Gymnastics Academy, won the mixed pairs silver medal on the final day of the 2016 World Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships in Putian, China. Team USA earned mixed and women’s pair berths to the 2017 World Games, the Olympic Games equivalent for non-Olympic events, in Wroclaw, Poland.

Osborne and Williams performed a difficult routine with an intricate sequence of holds and balances. The judges rewarded their difficulty with a score of 28.220, just 1.315 behind gold-medalists Marina Chernova and Georgy Pataraya of Russia (29.535). Great Britain's Lewis Walker and Isabella Montagna placed third (27.740).

“I’m just so happy. It feels amazing to win a World medal,” Williams said.

“We held ourselves together and did our routine just like we practiced, and it earned us a medal,” Osborne added.

The United States’ women’s group of Londrea Garrett of Columbia Md., Josphina Kievsky of Elkridge, Md., and Mila Segel of Reisterstown, Md., who train at Emilias Acro Gymnastics and Cheer, earned a 26.630 for their combined routine in qualifications. The group finished in 8th place with a three-routine total of 80.560, which gave the USA the first reserve spot for women’s group for the 2017 World Games.

The USA’s Savannah Bentley of Annapolis, Md., Hannah Silverman of Baltimore, Md., and Elise Stickley of Woodbine, Md., all of Emilia’s Acro Gymnastics and Cheer, also competed in today’s women’s group qualification. The trio earned a 25.970 for their combined routine and finished the competition with a 77.620 for 13th place.