World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships Training Camp update - Nov. 5
posted on 11/05/2018

As one World Championships ends, another begins. The World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia, is just around the corner, with competition beginning on Nov. 7. Team USA trained in Baku, Azerbaijan, for three days, with the goal of acclimatizing to the time zone and perfecting passes and traveled to St. Petersburg on November 3. Now, we are settling in St. Petersburg and getting into the rhythm of pre-event training.

At World Championships, the number of coaching credentials is limited, and the training camp is an important opportunity for the athletes on the team and the six U.S. coaches, who are working with the team, to become more familiar with each other. This familiarity and increased comfort are a key focus in the team’s preparation for the World Championships. The team coaches communicate regularly with the athletes’ personal coaches for a seamless transition. Since we arrived in Baku on October 31, we have melded into a cohesive group. This is the first time in many years that a World T&T Championships prep camp was held with all three disciplines together, and it’s great to continue to see the athletes getting to know each other.

Verification was also a focus for Baku. Our team has worked hard, and every athlete had two days to perform their passes for the U.S. international-level judges. Scores and hit rates at verification sessions were the main factor for determining which athletes will compete or serve as the alternate. Of course, the alternates continue to be full team members, training as part of the team to be ready to step in on short notice.

We appreciate the support and hospitality of the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation for allowing the U.S. World Championships Team to train at its amazing facility for our final preparations for St. Petersburg.

-- From the 2018 U.S. World Championships Team staff