SOFIA, Bulgaria, Nov. 20, 2017 – The United States won 13 medals (four gold, three silver and six bronze) at the 2017 World Trampoline and Tumbling Age Group Competition at the Arena Armeec in Sofia, Bulgaria. The event determines champions in individual and synchronized trampoline, double mini-trampoline and tumbling for boys and girls in four age-groups (11-12,13-14,15-16 and 17-21). The USA’s World Age Group champions are: Kaden Brown of Herriman, Utah/Wasatch Trampoline & Tumbling, 15-16 boys tumbling; Eve Doudican of Bixby, Okla./Oklahoma Extreme Tumbling, 15-16 girls tumbling; Vivian Schanely of Millstone, N.J./Garden State Trampoline Academy, and Ava Hernando of Holmdel, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy, 11-12 girls synchronized trampoline; and Allie Singer, Ladera Ranch, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, 13-14 girls double mini-trampoline.
The U.S. medalists are listed below. The official website for the World Age Group Competition is trawchsofia2017.com/wagc.
- 11-12 girls synchronized trampoline: Vivian Schanely, Millstone, N.J./Garden State Trampoline Academy and Ava Hernando, Holmdel, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy
- 13-14 girls double mini-trampoline: Allie Singer, Ladera Ranch, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics
- 15-16 boys tumbling: Kaden Brown, Herriman, Utah/Wasatch Trampoline & Tumbling
- 15-16 girls tumbling: Eve Doudican, Bixby, Okla./Oklahoma Extreme Tumbling
- 13-14 girls double mini-trampoline: Andi Holmes, Phoenix, Ariz./North Valley Gymnastics
- 15-16 girls trampoline: Sydney Senter, Aiea, Hawaii/Hawaii Trampoline and Tumbling
- 15-16 girls double mini-trampoline: Kiley Lockett, Oceanside, Calif./Flip Force San Diego
- 11-12 girls synchronized trampoline: Rylee Chapman, Paris, Texas/Texas Tumbling and Trampoline Institute Inc., and Rayleigh Huette, Weimar, Texas/K and L Tumbletown
- 11-12 boys double mini-trampoline: Ryan Maccagnan, Colorado Springs, Colo./Stars Gymnastics
- 13-14 boys tumbling: Zeke Dayton, Salt Lake City, Utah/Wasatch Trampoline & Tumbling
- 13-14 girls trampoline: Miah Bruns, Crete, Ill./Midwest Training and Ice Center
- 15-16 girls tumbling: Kiley Lockett, Oceanside, Calif./Flip Force San Diego
- 15-16 girls synchronized trampoline: Olivia Simpson, Lubbock, Texas/Air Extreme and Lexi Vigil, Levelland, Texas/Acrospirits
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. 012 Olympic Games in London, the USA had its first athlete in history advance to the finals.