Griskenas wins hoop, ball golds in rhythmic event finals at 2019 Pan American Games
posted on 08/04/2019

© Ricardo Bufolin

LIMA, Peru, Aug. 4, 2019 – 2019 Pan Am Games all-around champion Evita Griskenas of Orland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, won the rhythmic gymnastics hoop and ball titles at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. 2019 Pan Am Games all-around silver-medalist Camilla Feeley of Deerfield, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, claimed the hoop and ball bronze medals in the finals held at the Polideportivo Villa El Salvador. The U.S. group snared the silver medal for their 5 balls routine. Gymnastics wraps up tomorrow with event finals in both individual and group rhythmic gymnastics at 1 p.m. CT and trampoline’s finals at 5 p.m. CT.

Griskenas followed up on her all-around gold with both the hoop and ball gold medals. She won the hoop title with a 19.800 and the ball crown via an 18.900. For hoop, Feeley and Argentina’s Sol Fainberg tied at 17.700, with Feeley finishing third via a tiebreaker. Feeley garnered a 17.900 for the ball bronze medal. Canada’s Katherine Uchida was silver medalist for both hoop (18.150) and ball (18.150). Tomorrow, both Griskenas and Feeley will compete in the clubs and ribbon finals.

In the group competition, the USA tallied a 24.100 in the 5 balls competition for the silver medal. Mexico took the title at 24.400, with Brazil in third at 22.500. 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 group will compete tomorrow in the 3 hoops/4 clubs final.

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. 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.