Howard earns USA's first ever World Games gold medal in double-mini
posted on 07/26/2017

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WROCLAW, Poland, July 26, 2017 – Paige Howard of San Juan Capistrano, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, won the USA's first ever women’s double mini-trampoline World Games gold medal at the 10th World Games, the Olympic equivalent for non-Olympic disciplines and/or events, in Wroclaw, Poland. Austin Nacey of Braidwood, Ill./Twiststars, earned the silver medal in the men’s tumbling competition. Centennial Hall, a historic venue built in 1911, served as the site for all gymnastics events, which wrapped up today.

In the women’s double-mini final, Howard performed a front double pike half-out to a layout full-twisting double back on her first pass for a 35.100. With the title on the line, Howard nailed a Rudi-out to a layout full-full to claim the gold medal with her 71.400 combined score. Canada’s Tamara O’Brien finished second at 71.000, followed by Sweden’s Lina Sjoberg in third (70.000).

In the men’s tumbling final, Nacey earned a 36.700 for his first pass, which ended with a double-twisting double layout. In his second run, he executed a double-twisting double layout through to a triple back. Nacey’s 36.600 for his second pass gave him a 73.300 total for the silver medal. China’s Luo Zhang won the gold at 75.100, and Russia’s Maxim Shlyakin finished third at 72.700

Nicole Ahsinger of Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express, and Clare Johnson of Huntsville, Ala./ Merino Trampoline Gymnastics Academy, earned a 13.900 to finish sixth in the women’s synchronized trampoline final after a mistake on the fourth element caused the athletes to conclude their routine before the required 10 skills. Ukraine’s Nataliia Moskvina and Svitlana Malkova scored a 48.100 for the gold medal. Sviatlana Makshtarova and Veronika Zemlianaia of Azerbaijan, 46.250, and Tara Fokke and Carlijn Blekkink of the Netherlands, 46.200, finished second and third, respectively.

Governed by the International World Games Association (IWGA) and recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), this multi-sport event is held every four years in the year following the summer Olympics. The World Games features competition in 37 sports with more than 4,500 athletes from around the world.

Four gymnastics disciplines with a total of 20 medal events are included in the program for the 2017 World Games. The breakdown of the 326 gymnasts participating is: 78 athletes, acrobatic gymnastics; 144, aerobic gymnastics; 24 athletes, rhythmic gymnastics; and 80 athletes, trampoline and tumbling.

For more information on gymnastics at the World Games, click here. For information on the World Games in general including a complete schedule, go to theworldgames2017.com.