BAKU, Azerbaijan, Feb. 17, 2020 – The first World Cup event of the Olympic year wrapped up in Baku over the weekend. Kaden Brown of Herriman, Utah, Wasatch Trampoline & Tumbling, took home gold in the men’s tumbling with a 75.400. Alexander Renkert of Columbus, Ohio/Integrity Athletics, earned a 67.000, which yielded fifth place.

In women’s tumbling, Tia Taylor of Knoxville, Tenn./Premier Athletics Knoxville North, earned a bronze medal at 64.300. Russia’s Viktoriia Danilenko won the title at 66.600 and Irina Silcheva took second at 64.800. Hope Bravo of Allen, Texas/Eagle Gymnastics Academy, earned a 62.200 for fifth place. She was awarded the AGF Trophy for the highest execution score in the competition.

Nicole Ahsinger of Lafayette, La./Trampoline & Tumbling Express, teamed up with Jessica Stevens of Elliott City, Mo./Fairland Gymnastics, to win the bronze medal in the women’s synchronized trampoline competition with a total score of 48.010. Russia and Ukraine placed first and second, respectively. In men’s synchronized trampoline, Belarus earned gold, followed by France with silver and Kazakhstan with bronze.

In individual trampoline, Charlotte Drury of Laguna Niguel, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, advanced to the finals, finishing sixth.

The world cup event is the fifth of six in the 2019-2020 FIG Trampoline World Cup series that will determine several qualifiers among the 16 men and women who will mount the Olympic trampolines this summer in Tokyo. The World Cup series draws to an end 24-25 April in Brescia (ITA).