USA Gymnastics names World Championships Team for trampoline and tumbling
posted on 10/02/2007

Chris Estrada
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Oct. 2, 2007-- USA Gymnastics named the U.S. Team for the 2007 World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships, Nov. 1-4, in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.


“They have been training hard in preparation for the World Championships and we look forward to seeing how the nation’s top trampolinists and tumblers perform against the world’s best,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “We expect an intense and exciting competition in Quebec City.”


The members of the trampoline team are: men — Michael Devine of Winnebago, Ill., Chris Estrada of Lafayette, La., Steven Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J., Ryan Weston of Chubbuck, Idaho, and Logan Dooley of Lake Forest, Calif. (alternate); and women — Amanda Bailey of Sundown, Texas, Brittany Dircks of Orland Park, Ill., and Alaina Williams of Amarillo, Texas. The synchronized trampoline team will consist of four men and four women, and three men and three women must be members of the individual trampoline team. Dmitri Poliaroush, national team coordinator, is the head coach of the trampoline team. Brad Davis, Shaun Kempton and Tatiana Kovaleva will serve as assistant coaches.


The members of the tumbling team are: men — Chris Adair of Lubbock, Texas, Jeffrey Brown of Lee’s Summit, Mo., Chris Ford of Haymarket, Va., Kalon Ludvigson of Plano, Texas, and Gus Roethlisberger of River Falls, Wis. (alternate); and women — Yuliya Hall of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Susannah Johnson of Roanoke, Va., Leanne Seitzinger of Stafford, Va., Kaitlin Tortorich of Haymarket, Va., and Amy McDonald of Allen, Texas (alternate). The head coach for the tumbling team is Sergio Galvez, and assistant coaches are Jon Beck, Justen Millerbernd and Jaroslav Novak.


Competing in double mini-trampoline are: men — Stephen Raymond of Byron Center, Mich., Josh Vance of Byron Center, Mich., Austin White of Irvine, Calif., Ludvigson, and Andrew Muzzarelli of Rockford, Ill. (alternate); and women — Aubree Balkan of Carlsbad, Calif., Kaci Barry of San Diego, Calif., and Sarah Prosen of Apple Valley, Minn. Dr. George Drew is the head coach of the double mini-trampoline team and will be assisted by Doug Boger, Larry Gleason and Robert Null.


The 2007 World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships is the qualifying event for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Thirty-two athletes, 16 men and 16 women, will compete in trampoline at the Olympic Games, and the field breakdown is: 13 gymnasts based on performances at the World Championships, two gymnasts nominated by the FIG to ensure athletes from the host country and each continent are included, and one from the IOC Tripartite Commission.


The U.S. World Championships Team was chosen following the 2007 Stars and Stripes Cup in Birmingham, Ala.


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