2010 brings more success for USA Gymnastics
posted on 12/08/2010

INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 7, 2010 – During 2010, the USA's top gymnasts again demonstrated why they are among the world's best athletes. Some of the top highlights include:

  • Six medals at the 2010 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships – women's team silver medal, Rebecca Bross' and Jonathan Horton's all-around bronze medals, Alicia Sacramone winning her first world vault title, and Bross' silver and bronze event medals.
  • Logan Dooley and Steven Gluckstein winning the USA's first World Cup Series title in synchronized trampoline.
    • Austin White capturing the double mini-trampoline silver medal at the World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships.
    • Kristin Allen and Michael Rodrigues winning the mixed pair gold medal at the World Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships.
    • USA qualified in all four Olympic disciplines – men, women, rhythmic and trampoline – for the 2011 Pan Am Games.

"We are proud of the effort by all of our athletes and coaches in 2010," said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. "As we look ahead to the London Olympic Games, we are on track to achieve our goals, and confident in our ability to succeed on the international stage."

Here's a quick summary of the 2010 highlights for each discipline.

Women's Gymnastics

  • World Championships (Photos). The U.S. women remain the only country in the world to have won a team medal at every Worlds or Olympics where a team competition was contested since 2000. The women qualified for the 2011 World Championships, the first of two qualifying events for the 2012 Olympic Games.
    • The U.S. women earned the team silver medal, just missing the gold medal by 0.201 points.
    • Rebecca Bross of Plano, Texas, won three individual medals – silver on balance beam and bronze for the all-around and uneven bars – for a total of four medals.
    • Alicia Sacramone of Winchester, Mass., returned to competition to clinch her first world vault title and qualified for her first balance beam finals, finishing fifth.
    • Alexandra Raisman of Needham, Mass., just missed a bronze medal for the floor exercise and finished 13th in the all-around at her first World Championships.
    • Bridget Sloan of Pittsboro, Ind., finished fourth on bars.
    • Also on the U.S. Women's Team were Mackenzie Caquatto of Naperville, Ill., and Mattie Larson of Los Angeles. Chelsea Davis of Austin, Texas, was the alternate.
  • Pan American Championships (Photos). The U.S. women's team earned nine medals, including the team gold, the all-around gold and silver, and gold on all four apparatus. Their performance also secured a berth for the USA for the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
    • Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo, Calif., won the gold medal in the all-around, as well as the silver medal on floor.
    • Sabrina Vega of Carmel, N.Y., earned the silver medal in the all-around and claimed the balance beam gold medal.
    • McKayla Maroney of Laguna Niguel, Calif., took home two gold medals (vault and floor exercise).
    • Gabrielle Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va., won the uneven bars gold medal.
    • Sarah Finnegan of Lake Latawanna, Mo., captured the bronze medal on balance beam.
  • Pacific Rim Championships (Photos). The USA won a total of 17 medals – eight gold and nine silver – including the team gold.
    • Bross won the senior all-around, balance beam and floor exercise crowns, along with the uneven bars silver medal.
    • Raisman captured three silver medals – senior all-around, balance beam and floor.
    • Jordyn Wieber of DeWitt, Mich., won three gold medals – the all-around, uneven bars and floor exercise – and the vault silver medal in the junior division.
    • Ross won the junior vault title and finished second in the junior all-around, uneven bars and floor.
    • Vega claimed the junior balance beam silver medal.
  • Tyson American Cup (Photos). Bross won the all-around title at the 2010 Tyson American Cup in Worchester, Mass., with teammate Raisman finishing second.
  • Other international competitions. The USA also medaled at the City of Jesolo Trophy in Italy, TOP Gym 2010 in Belgium, and Bumbo Cup in South Africa, winning 18 medals (9 gold medals, 7 silver medals, 2 bronze).
  • The U.S. women won 51 medals in international competition in 2010.
  • Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup (Photos). Lexie Priessman of Cincinnati, Ohio, won the inaugural Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup, which was held in conjunction with the Tyson American Cup and featured 36 gymnasts from 17 states.

Men's Gymnastics

  • World Championships (Photos). The U.S. men turned in a solid performance at the World Championships, finishing just off the podium in fourth place. They also qualified for the 2011 World Championships, the first of two qualification events for the 2012 Olympic Games.
    • Jonathan Horton of Houston won the all-around bronze medal, the USA's first all-around world medal since Paul Hamm won the title in 2003.
    • Danell Leyva of Miami qualified for both the horizontal bar and all-around finals.
    • Steven Legendre of Flower Mound, Texas, and Chris Brooks of Houston competed in the floor exercise and high bar finals, respectively.
    • Also on the team were: Chris Cameron of Winter Haven, Fla., Brandon Wynn of Voorhees, N.J., and alternate Paul Ruggeri of Manlius, N.Y.
  • Pan American Championships (Photos). The U.S. men won a total of six medals, including the team, pommel horse and horizontal bar gold medals. They qualified for the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
    • Glen Ishino of Santa Ana, Calif., won the all-around silver and pommel horse gold medals.
    • Alex Buscaglia of Cary, Ill., won the horizontal bar title.
    • Jake Dalton of Sparks, Nev., claimed the men's floor exercise bronze medal.
    • Wes Haagensen of Colorado Springs, Colo., took the bronze medal on horizontal bar.
  • Pacific Rim Championships (Photos). The U.S. men won 18 medals – 8 gold, five silver and five bronze – in the senior and junior competition, including the team gold.
    • Leyva won gold medals on both the parallel bars and horizontal bar, along with the bronze on still rings.
    • John Orzoco of the Bronx, N.Y., won the junior all-around title with the highest score of the event in either division, along with the gold medal on horizontal bar and the silver medal for pommel horse, still rings and parallel bars.
    • C.J. Maestas of Corrales, N.M., took top honors on both the junior still rings and pommel horse, second in the all-around and third on parallel bars. .
    • Cameron captured the senior pommel horse title, along with the floor exercise silver medal.
    • Legendre was the senior floor bronze medalist.
    • Dylan Akers of Houston claimed two junior bronze medals, vault and horizontal bar.
  • Tyson American Cup (Photos). Horton and Brooks finished second and third, respectively, in the all-around in Worcester, Mass.
  • World Cup and other international events.
    • 2010 World Stars, Moscow, Russia: Alex Naddour of Mesa, Ariz., won a silver medal on pommel horse, and Tim McNeill of Falls Church, Va., and Ruggeri, took home bronze medals on parallel bars and the horizontal bar, respectively.
    • World Cup Paris (Photos), Bercy, France: Horton won bronze medals for the still rings and high bar.
    • Japan Cup. The U.S. men won the team bronze medal in an eight-team field that included France, Great Britain, Germany, Japan, Korea, Romania, and Russia.
  • The U.S. men won a total of 37 medals in international competition in 2010, as of Dec. 7.

Trampoline and Tumbling

  • World Championships (Photos). Austin White of Newport Coast, Calif., won the silver medal for men's double mini-trampoline at the 2010 World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships in Metz, France. The USA qualified eight athletes into five individual event finals: men's and women's double mini-trampoline, men's and women's tumbling, and men's synchronized trampoline. At the World Age Group Competition, the U.S. gymnasts captured 13 medals, including four gold.
  • World Cup Series. Logan Dooley of Lake Forest, Calif., and Steven Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J., won the International Gymnastics Federation's World Cup Series title for synchronized trampoline, a first for the United States. They took top honors for the seven-event series based on their two gold- and one silver-medal finishes.
    • Loule (Portugal) World Cup. Gluckstein and Dooley won the silver medal in synchronized trampoline.
    • Albacete World Cup. Gluckstein and Dooley won the synchronized trampoline title at the FIG World Cup in Albacete, Spain. Gluckstein just missed the medal podium by three-tenths of a point for a fourth place finish in individual men's trampoline.
    • Nissen Cup. Gluckstein and Dooley won their second career synchronized trampoline World Cup gold medal in Davos, Switzerland.
    • Frivolten Cup. Jeffrey Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J., and Dooley won the men's junior and senior trampoline bronze medals, respectively, in Herrljunga, Sweden.
  • Pan American Championships (Photos). The USA earned a total medal haul of 15 gold, eight silver and nine bronze medals for the senior, junior and age-group level divisions at the 2010 Pan American Trampoline & Tumbling Championships in Daytona Beach, Fla. The U.S. men won the trampoline team title.
    • Steven Gluckstein won two individual gold medals – individual trampoline, and synchronized trampoline (with Dooley).
    • Dooley also won two individual medals – synchro gold (with S. Gluckstein) and individual trampoline silver.
    • Vercruyssen captured the women's individual trampoline title, and the women's synchro bronze with Hayley Butcher of St. John, Ind.
    • White captured the title in men's double mini-trampoline.
    • Sarah Gandy of Paris, Texas, claimed the women's double-mini silver.
  • Pan American Cup 2010 (Photos). Dooley won the men's trampoline gold medal, and Vercruyssen the women's trampoline bronze. The USA also qualified two men and two women for the 2011 Pan American Games.
  • The USA won a total of 54 medals in international competition in 2010.

Rhythmic Gymnastics

  • World Championships (Photos). The USA's Julie Zetlin of Bethesda, Md., finished 23rd in the all-around, becoming the first American since 2003 to qualify for the all-around finals. The USA advanced to the 2011 World Championships, the next step in the Olympic qualification process, in both individual and group rhythmic gymnastics.
  • Youth Olympic Games (Photos). Polina Kozitskiy of Fountainville, Pa., finished seventh in the rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around finals at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.
  • Pan Am Championships (Photos). The USA won eight medals at the 2010 Pan American Championships, including three gold by Zetlin, and qualified the United States in both individual and group for the 2011 Pan Am Games.
    • Zetlin won a gold medal in the all-around, rope and ball, a silver medal for the team, and bronze in ribbon.
    • Shelby Kisiel of Houston won the silver medal in ribbon and team.
    • The rhythmic group, which includes Jessica Bogdanov, Megan Frohlich, Michelle Przybylo, Sofya Roytburg and Sydney Sachs, won the silver medal in both five hoop and three ribbon/two rope.
  • Chicago Cup (Photos). Rebecca Sereda of Staten Island, N.Y., successfully defended her title in the junior all-around at the 2010 Chicago Cup in Chicago. The other two gold medalists are Zetlin, who took top honors in senior ribbon, and Jasmine "Jazzy" Kerber of Highland Park, Ill., who won the junior ball title. The USA claimed 13 medals throughout Chicago Cup competition, including three gold, eight silver, and two bronze.
    • In addition to her gold medal, Zetlin finished second in the all-around, rope, hoop and ball.
    • Shelby Kisiel of Houston earned the bronze medal in hoop.
    • Sereda, in addition to the all-around crown, captured the silver medal in ball.
    • Along with her gold medal, Kerber claimed three silver medals – rope, hoop and clubs – and the bronze in the junior all-around.
  • World Cups. The USA achieved success in World Cup competition on both the senior and junior levels. U.S. juniors Sereda, Kerber, Megan Kincaid of Los Angeles and Kozitskiy combined to produce the best junior world-level results in U.S. history this season. Each finished in the top eight at a World Cup junior event.
    • 2010 Montreal (Canada) World Cup (Photos). In the senior division, Zetlin qualified for all four senior event finals, earning two fifth place finishes (hoop and ball) for her highest finish at a World Cup. For the juniors, Kerber finished third in hoop; fourth in the all-around and clubs; and fifth in rope and ball.
    • Opal Cup (Calais, France). Kerber, second in the junior all-around, hoop and ball; third in rope; and fourth in clubs.
  • The rhythmic gymnasts won 26 medals in international competition and the group won eight.

Acrobatic Gymnastics

  • World Championships (Photos). Michael Rodrigues and Kristin Allen, both of Livermore, Calif., won the mixed pair gold medal at the 2010 World Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships in Wroclaw, Poland, giving the USA six straight World Championships medals in mixed pairs.
  • Vassily Machuga International Tournament. Mixed pair Ryan Ward and and Sienna Martinez of Riverside, Calif., won a gold medal and the women's group of Crystal Johnston of Riverside, Calif., Kailey Maurer of Riverside and Holli Morris of Beaumont, Calif., won a silver medal at the Vassily Machuga International Tournament in Krasnodar, Russia.
  • Volkov Cup (Photos). The USA picked up two bronze medals at the Volkov Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia. Brian Kincher of Ft. Collins, Colo., and Nicky Faubert of Livermore, Calif., won the senior mixed pair bronze, and the women's trio of Savannah Shields of Grain Valley, Mo., Megan Muehlberger of Blue Springs, Mo., and Mallory Henthorn of Independence, Mo., earned the women's group bronze medal.

Collegiate Gymnastics

  • The University of California-Los Angeles won its sixth NCAA women's team title at the 2010 National Collegiate Women's Gymnastics Championships in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville. Louisiana State University's Susan Jackson won the all-around title.
  • The University of Michigan won its fourth NCAA men's team title at the 2010 National Collegiate Men's Gymnastics Championships held at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. The Wolverines' Chris Cameron, a member of the U.S. senior national team, won the all-around title. Legendre of the University of Oklahoma, also member of the national team, took second.
  • The University of Bridgeport won the 2010 USA Gymnastics Women's Collegiate Championships team title at Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas. TWU sophomore Rashonda Cannie won the all-around title.
  • The U.S. Air Force Academy and Arizona State University won the Varsity and Collegiate Club Division titles, respectively, at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The College of William and Mary's Derek Gygax and the Air Force Academy's Nash Mills tied for the varsity division's all-around crown. Riley Barclay of Arizona State University took the collegiate club all-around title.
  • The University of Rhode Island and Texas A&M University tied for first place in the women's team competition at the 2010 National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Clubs (NAIGC) National Championships at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. Pennsylvania State University won the men's team competition.