Sonia Shah, Kiara Nowlin, Andrea Ghanian and Meghan O’Connell

METZ, France, Nov. 17, 2010 – The USA won three gold and two bronze medals on the second day of the 2010 World Age Group Trampoline and Tumbling Competition in Metz, France. The three gold medalists are: Kiara Nowlin of Oxnard, Calif., 15-16 girls’ tumbling; Andrea Ghanian of Holmdel, N.J., and Meghan O’Connell of Middletown, N.J., 11-12 girls’ synchronized trampoline; and Sonia Shah of Indianapolis, Ind., girls’ 17-18 double mini-trampoline. Ryan Roberts of Ramona, Calif., and Shaylee Dunavin of Amarillo, Texas, won bronze medals in 17-18 boys’ double-mini and 13-14 girls’ trampoline, respectively. Competition continues through Nov. 19.

Nowlin, who trains at Waller’s GymJam Academy, won her third consecutive world tumbling title with a 32.700. Victoria Danilenko of Russia finished second (31.300) with Joanna Czapla of Poland third (30.900). Russia’s Mikhail Manin (35.300), Aleksandr Bezyulev (33.600), and Yaroslav Moskovkin (33.600) swept the medals in boys’ 15-16 tumbling. Joshua Coles of Wonder Lake, Ill./5 Star Tumbling And Trampoline, finished eighth.

Ghanian and O’Connell, both of whom train at Head over Heels, won the 11-12 synchro girls title with a 42.000, edging Elena Ivanova and Hristina Peneva of Bulgaria (41.700) and Hinano Fuse and Miu Shintani of Japan (41.500). Vitaly Marchenko and Oleg Selyutin of Russia won the boys’ 11-12 synchro title (43.100). Ryo Akashi and Tatsuya Nakanishi of Japan finished second (41.700), while Victor De La Torre Matute and Jorge Martin Avila of Spain took third (41.100).

In a tight girls’ 17-18 double-mini race, Shah, who trains at Scamps, clinched the title with a two-pass score of 65.400. Mariah Madigan of Canada took second with 65.200, and Anastasiya Ignatyeva of Russia was third at 65.100. Valery Anisimov of Russia won the boys’ 17-18 gold medal (71.900), and Aliosman Saliev of Bulgaria won the silver (70.000). Roberts, who trains at Bounce California, earned the bronze medal with a score of 68.600.

China earned the top two spots in girls’ 13-14 trampoline, with Jia Yujie winning the gold medal (36.900) and Wen Jingjing taking silver (36.300). Dunavin, who trains at Trinity Trampoline and Tumbling, won the bronze medal (36.100), adding it to the silver medal she won yesterday in 13-14 girls’ tumbling. Ryunosuke Fujita of Japan won the boys’ crown with a 37.900. ChenBingyue of China took second (37.800), and Zachary Sheridan of Great Britain finished third (36.200).

Event qualification and final rounds take place each day on every apparatus for boys and girls of the same age group.

The 2010 World Age Group Trampoline and Tumbling Championship competition schedule is as follows (times are local to Metz, six hours ahead of Eastern Time):

Thursday, Nov. 18

  • Qualifications – 10 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.
  • Finals – 3– 4:40 p.m.
  • Events:
    • Boy’s & Girl’s Trampoline 15-16
    • Boy’s & Girl’s Tumbling 17-18
    • Boy’s & Girl’s Double Mini-Trampoline 11-12
    • Boy’s & Girl’s Synchronized Trampoline 13-14

Friday, Nov. 19

  • Qualifications – 10 a.m. – 2:05 p.m.
  • Finals – 2:30– 4:10 p.m.
  • Events:
    • Boy’s & Girl’s Trampoline 17-18
    • Boy’s & Girl’s Tumbling 11-12
    • Boy’s & Girl’s Double Mini-Trampoline 13-14
    • Boy’s & Girl’s Synchronized Trampoline 15-16