SANTIAGO, Chile (October 21, 2023) – The U.S. men secured the first gold of artistic competition, wining the team title on Day 1 of the 2023 Pan American Games.
The men’s team of Cameron Bock (Tustin, Calif./University of Michigan), Stephen Nedoroscik (Worcester, Mass./EVO Gymnastics), Curran Phillips (Naperville, Ill./EVO Gymnastics), Colt Walker (Cedar Park, Texas/Stanford University) and Donnell Whittenburg (Baltimore, Md./Salto Gymnastics Center) claimed gold in team competition with a combined 249.860. Canada took silver with 246.794 and Brazil claimed bronze with 245.394.
With their performances Saturday evening, Bock and Whittenburg went 1-2 in all-around competition with scores of 82.598 and 82.331, respectively, to advance to Monday’s final. Bock was consistent across all apparatus, posting scores on 13.466 on floor exercise, 13.766 on pommel horse, 13.600 on still rings, 14.533 on vault, 13.433 on parallel bars, and 13.800 on horizontal bar. Walker put up the fourth-highest all-around score with an 81.698 but will not move onto the final due to the two per country rule. The top 24 gymnasts in qualifications will participate in the all-around final.
The U.S. will be represented in five of six individual event finals. In addition to the all-around final, Whittenburg qualified to the rings final in first (14.433) and the floor final in second (14.233). Bock qualified in fourth on high bar (13.800) and fifth on pommel horse (13.766). Phillips was top qualifier on parallel bars with a 14.466, while Nedoroscik is set to join Bock in the pommel horse final after qualifying in sixth (13.633). Walker will be active in the rings (13.633), parallel bars (14.366) and high bar (13.666) finals. The top eight athletes, limited to two per country, advance to their respective finals.
American Vahe Petrosyan (Van Nuys, Calif./Gymnastics Olympica USA) finished 25th in the all-around with a 73.431 overall and was seventh in pommel horse qualifying with a 13.433.
Competition in Santiago continues Sunday with the women’s team final, beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET. The American women’s team of Jordan Chiles (Vancouver, Wash./World Champions Centre), Kayla DiCello (Boyds, Md./Hill’s Gymnastics), Kaliya Lincoln (Frisco, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics), Zoe Miller (Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre) and Tiana Sumanasekera (Pleasanton, Calif./World Champions Centre) will compete in Subdivision 2 at 1:30 p.m. ET. Katelyn Jong (Allen, Texas/Metroplex Gymnastics) will also compete in individual qualifications Sunday in Subdivision 1.