USA Gymnastics names U.S. Team for 2017 World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships
posted on 09/30/2017

INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 30, 2017 – 2017 World Games double mini-trampoline champion Paige Howard of San Juan Capistrano, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, 2017 World Games tumbling silver medalist Austin Nacey of Braidwood, Ill./TwistStars Tumbling and Trampoline, 2016 Olympian Nicole Ahsinger of Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express, 2016 Olympian Logan Dooley of Lake Forest, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, U.S. trampoline champion Jeffrey Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy and 2017 World Games double mini-trampoline silver medalist Alex Renkert of Columbus, Ohio/Integrity Athletics, headline the U.S. Team for the 2017 World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships, Nov. 9-12, at the Armeec Sports Hall in Sofia, Bulgaria. The team was determined following the conclusion of the World team selection camp at the USA Gymnastics National Team Training Center in Huntsville, Texas.

The World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships, held annually except in the Olympic year, determines the men's and women's World champions in four events: trampoline, synchronized trampoline, tumbling and double mini-trampoline.

The trampoline and tumbling members who will represent the USA at the World Championships are listed below.

Men’s trampoline
Logan Dooley, Lake Forest, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics
Jeffrey Gluckstein, Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy
Isaac Rowley, Allen, Texas/Eagle Gymnastics Academy
Aliaksei Shostak, Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express
Cody Gesuelli, Schererville, Ind./World Elite Gymnastics, alternate

Women’s trampoline
Nicole Ahsinger, Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express
Hally Piontek, Warrensburg, Mo./Kansas City Trampoline Club
Jessica Stevens, Ellicott City, Md./Fairland Gymnastics
Sarah Webster, Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling

Men’s tumbling
Brandon Krzynefski, Centreville, Va./Capital Gymnastics National Training Center
Emilio Lehmer, Tempe, Ariz./ North Valley Gymnastics
Austin Nacey, Braidwood, Ill./TwistStars Tumbling and Trampoline
Alex Renkert, Columbus, Ohio/Integrity Athletics
Drew Collins, McKinney, Texas/Eagle Gymnastics Academy, alternate

Women’s tumbling
Hope Bravo, Dallas, Texas/Eagle Gymnastics Academy
Melissa Doucette, Somersworth, N.H./Capital Gymnastics National Training Center
Eliza Floisand, Salt Lake City, Utah/Wasatch Trampoline & Tumbling
Rachel Thevenot, Metairie, La./Elmwood Gymnastics Academy
Breanne Millard, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, alternate

Men’s double mini-trampoline
Matthew Hawkins, Phoenix, Ariz./North Valley Gymnastics
Austin Nacey of Braidwood, Ill./TwistStars Tumbling and Trampoline
Alex Renkert, Columbus, Ohio/Integrity Athletics
CJ Rhoades, Joplin, Mo./Amplify Gymnastics
Casey Chandler, Springfield, Ore./Legacy Trampoline and Tumbling, alternate

Women’s double mini-trampoline
Paige Howard, San Juan Capistrano, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics
Hally Piontek, Warrensburg, Mo./Kansas City Trampoline Club
Tristan Van Natta, Plain City, Ohio/Integrity Athletics

USA has already selected the athletes who will compete in the World Age Group Competitions, Nov. 16-19, in Sofia, Bulgaria. Held following the World Championships, the World Age Group Competitions showcase the world's best young men and women in those four events in four age groups: 11-12, 13-14, 15-16 and 17-18 years of age

Trampoline events involve athletes using trampolines that can propel them up to 30 feet in the air, during which they can perform double and triple twisting somersaults. Tumbling utilizes elevated rod-floor runways that enable athletes to jump at heights more than 10 feet and execute a variety of acrobatic maneuvers. For the double-mini competition, the athlete makes a short run, leaps onto a small two-level trampoline, performs an aerial maneuver and dismounts onto a landing mat. Synchronized trampoline demands the same athletic skill as individual trampoline, while adding the element of precision timing. Using two trampolines, two athletes perform identical 10-skill routines at the same time. Trampoline was added to the Olympic Games in 2000, and at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the USA had its first athlete in history advance to the finals.

Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. Its mission is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in the sport. Its disciplines include men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics and Gymnastics for All (formerly known as group gymnastics). For more complete information, log on to www.usagym.org.