Griskenas, Feeley go one-two in rhythmic all-around, U.S. group nabs silver at 2019 Pan American Games
posted on 08/03/2019

© Ricardo Bufolin

LIMA, Peru, Aug. 3, 2019 – Evita Griskenas of Orland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, and Camilla Feeley of Deerfield, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, won the gold and silver all-around medals, respectively, for rhythmic gymnastics at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. Both also qualified for all four event finals at the Polideportivo Villa El Salvador on Aug. 4-5. The U.S. group grabbed the all-around silver and will compete in both event finals. Competition continues tomorrow with trampoline’s qualification round at 11 a.m. CT and event finals in the individual and group rhythmic gymnastics at 4 p.m. CT.

Griskenas won the all-around title with a 75.825. Feeley earned the silver at 70.725, followed by Brazil’s Natalia Gaudio in third at 67.150. Earlier in the event, both Griskenas and Feeley qualified for the hoop and ball finals. Today, they clinched spots for the clubs and ribbon finals. For clubs, Feeley garnered the highest mark of the day at 18.000, and Griskenas was in third at 17.500. Griskenas had the top ribbon score at 18.500, and Feeley was third in the preliminary rankings at 16.950.

In the group all-around, the USA posted a 45.975, just behind Mexico’s 48.375. Brazil was third at 43.350. The U.S. group tallied a 23.150 in the 5 balls competition for second in the preliminary rankings and to qualify for the final. The members of the U.S. group, which is based at North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, are: Isabelle Connor of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; Yelyzaveta Merenzon of Buffalo Grove, Ill.; Elizaveta Pletneva of Deerfield, Ill.; Nicole Sladkov of Vernon Hills, Ill.; and Kristina Sobolevskaya of Chicago.

The rhythmic schedule is listed below, and all times are Central.

  • Aug. 4 Event finals: 4 p.m., individual hoop and ball; group 5 balls
  • Aug. 5 Event finals: 1 p.m., individual clubs and ribbon; group 3 hoops/4 clubs

Trampoline
Five-time U.S. champion Jeffrey Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy; Ruben Padilla of Oakley, Calif./Wasatch Trampoline & Tumbling; 2016 Olympian Nicole Ahsinger of Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express; and 2019 U.S. champion Jessica Stevens of Ellicott City, Md./Fairland Gymnastics, will compete in the qualifications on Aug. 4 at 11 a.m. CT, and the top eight male and female trampolinists, based on the two-routine qualification score, advance to the finals on Aug. 5 at 5 p.m. CT.

Twelve men and twelve women will compete in the qualification round. For the men, the gymnasts are from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru and United States. The women’s field features gymnasts from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, United States and Venezuela.

TV coverage
ESPN Deportes and ESPNU are carrying coverage of the Pan American Games in Lima, and ESPN3 will have coverage of all sports and sessions in Spanish. Below are the times when gymnastics, with some explanation, is listed on the ESPN schedule, which is subject to change. All times are ET.

  • Aug. 4 - 1 p.m. - Trampoline qualifications, ESPN Deportes, ESPNU
  • Aug. 4 - 5 p.m. - Rhythmic gymnastics, ESPN Deportes, ESPNU
  • Aug. 5 - 11 a.m. - Trampoline look-in, ESPN Deportes
  • Aug. 5 - 5 p.m. - Rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline, ESPN Deportes, ESPNU

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.