SOFIA, Bulgaria, Nov. 14, 2013 – Led by Madi Webster, Odon, Ind./Tumbling Express, double mini-trampoline gold, the U.S. claimed three medals today at the 2013 World Trampoline and Tumbling Age Group Competition in Sofia, Bulgaria. Alyssa Oh, Rocklin, Calif./Technique Gymnastics, and Lexi Vigil, Levelland, Texas/Acrospirits, finished second and third in the girls 11-12 trampoline final.
Webster posted a combined score of 69.000 to win the 15-16 girls’ double-mini title. Canada’s Danielle Gruber was second, followed by Evgeniia Pak of Russia.
In the girls 11-12 trampoline final, Oh earned a 47.880 for the silver with Vigil’s 47.700 taking the bronze. Russia’s Iana Lebedeva won the gold with a 48.140.
Fans can watch the competition live on a pay-per-view basis via sportmedia.tv. Additional information is available on the International Gymnastics Federation’s microsite, sofia2013.fig-gymnastics.com.
Trampoline events involve athletes using trampolines that can propel them up to 30 feet in the air, during which they can perform double and triple twisting somersaults. Tumbling utilizes elevated rod-floor runways that enable athletes to jump at heights more than 10 feet and execute a variety of acrobatic maneuvers. For the double-mini competition, the athlete makes a short run, leaps onto a small two-level trampoline, performs an aerial maneuver and dismounts onto a landing mat. Trampoline was added to the Olympic Games in 2000, and at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the USA had its first athlete in history advance to the finals.