McCusker wins women’s all-around silver medal at 2019 Pan Am Games
posted on 07/29/2019

© Ricardo Bufolin

LIMA, Peru, July 29, 2019 – Riley McCusker of Brielle, N.J./MG Elite, won the women’s all-around silver medal at the 2019 Pan American Games at the Polideportivo Villa El Salvador in Lima, Peru. Competition continues this evening with the men’s all-around at 6 p.m. CT, with Brody Malone of Summerville, Ga./Stanford University, and Robert Neff of Brookfield, Wis./U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center. Fans can watch the men on ESPNU beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET.

In the all-around, McCusker posted a 55.125 total, finishing just 0.125 behind Canada’s Ellie Black, who successfully defended her 2015 Pan Am title with a 55.250. Brazil’s Flavia Saraiva finished in third (54.350). Kara Eaker of Grain Valley, Mo./Great American Gymnastics Express, was fourth at 53.750.

Individual all-around scores

  • Riley McCusker: all-around, 55.125 (2); vault, 14.250; uneven bars, 13.150; balance beam, 14.200; floor exercise, 13.525.
  • Kara Eaker: all-around, 53.750 (4); vault, 13.950; uneven bars, 13.950; balance beam, 13.500; floor exercise, 12.350.

In addition to Eaker and McCusker, the members of the team are Aleah Finnegan of Lee’s Summit, Mo./Great American Gymnastics Express; Morgan Hurd of Middletown, Del./First State Gymnastics; and Leanne Wong of Overland Park, Kansas/Great American Gymnastics Express. The women won the team gold medal earlier in the Games.

The women competing in individual event finals on July 30-31 are: vault, Finnegan; uneven bars, McCusker and Wong; and balance beam and floor exercise, McCusker and Eaker.

Along with Neff and Malone, the men representing the USA are Cameron Bock of Ann Arbor, Mich./University of Michigan; Grant Breckenridge of Libertyville, Ill./Stanford University; and Genki Suzuki of North Wales, Pa./University of Oklahoma. The men won the team silver medal.

The men advancing to the individual event finals are: floor exercise, Neff and Bock; pommel horse, Malone and Neff; and parallel bars, Bock and Malone. Bock and Malone are the second and third reserve athletes for still rings, and Suzuki and Breckenridge are the first and second reserves for the horizontal bar.

The competition schedule for men’s and women’s gymnastics is as follows. Rhythmic gymnastics (Aug. 2-5) and trampoline (Aug. 4-5) are held following the conclusion of artistic gymnastics. All times are local to Lima, which is on Central time.

All-Around finals

  • July 29 - Men: 6 p.m. CT

Individual event finals

  • July 30 - 1 p.m. CT (men’s floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings; women’s vault, uneven bars)
  • July 31 - 1 p.m. CT (men’s vault, parallel bars, horizontal bar; women’s balance beam, floor exercise)

Qualification rounds determine advancement to the all-around and event finals. The top 24 individuals from the qualification rounds compete in the all-around finals on July 29 for both men and women. For individual events, the top eight on each event from the qualification rounds advance to the finals (July 30-31). A maximum of two gymnasts per country advances to the finals.

Based on available schedules, which are subject to change, the artistic gymnastics coverage for the Pan American Games on the ESPN networks is listed below. Please check your local listings. All times are Eastern.

  • July 29 - 8:30 p.m. ET, men’s all-around final, ESPNU
  • July 30 - 4:30 p.m. ET, individual event finals (men’s floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings; women’s vault, uneven bars), ESPNU
  • July 31 - 4 p.m. ET, individual event finals (men’s vault, parallel bars, horizontal bar; women’s balance beam, floor exercise), ESPN Desportes

With Lima as the backdrop, ESPN will bring up to 200 hours of exclusive, live coverage in English and Spanish, across ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3, the ESPN App and ESPNdeportes.com. Well-known Olypians Bart Conner and Kathy Johnson Clarke are calling the action for gymnastics.

ESPN Deportes will telecast 200 hours of live Pan American Games content, every day starting at 9:30 a.m. ET., featuring soccer, swimming, diving, track & field, boxing, basketball and gymnastics. The live telecasts will be complemented with news and information programming throughout the day, followed by a nightly edition of SportsCenter recapping the top highlights of the day. ESPNU will present over 200 hours of daily live coverage in English, featuring Men and Women’s hoop and volleyball, diving, swimming, gymnastics, boxing, track and field, and soccer. ESPN3 and the ESPN App will carry 900 hours, with live access to almost every competition in Spanish. Select coverage will be available in English.

About the Pan Am Games
The XVIII Pan American Games competition features 31 Olympic sports, plus select non-Olympic sports, and serves as an Olympic-qualifying opportunity in 17 sports. Team USA will be represented in 36 sports during the 17-day competition. The 2019 U.S. Pan American squad features 91 Olympians, including 34 Olympic medalists and 19 Olympic champions. The Pan American Games are held every four years and precede the Olympic Games by one year. The Games are the third largest international multi-sport event in the world, surpassed only by the Olympic Games and the Asian Games in terms of the number of sports and competing athletes.

Coverage of the 2019 U.S. Pan American Team can be found at TeamUSA.org/Lima2019 and on Team USA’s social channels featuring the hashtag #Lima2019. Additionally, visit TeamUSA.org/USADaily to sign up to receive the USA Daily, a digital news blast that provides Team USA results and highlights each night via email during the Games.