KHABAROVSK, Russia, Sept. 22, 2019 – Jeffrey Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy, and Aliaksei Shostak of Youngsville, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express, won the synchronized trampoline gold medal at the 2019 World Cup at the Platinum Arena in Khabarovsk, Russia.
In the men’s synchro final, Gluckstein and Shostak scored a 52.540 to take the title. The U.S. duo topped the synchronized teams for Belarus, who was second at 52.070, and Japan, who was third at 50.790.
The U.S. Team earned valuable Olympic qualification points based on their performances in individual trampoline competition. Jessica Stevens of Ellicott City, Md./Fairland Gymnastics, earned nine points, while Nicole Ahsinger of Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express, picked up five points, and Gluckstein garnered four.
All eight U.S. trampoline gymnasts competed in the trampoline qualifications. The women’s scores and rankings were: Stevens, 100.835/22; Ahsinger, 100.475/26; Ellen Heinen of Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express, 94.450/36; and Alyssa Oh of Rocklin, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, 58.735/42. For the men, their marks were: Gluckstein, 108.275/27; Cody Gesuelli of Huntsville, Ala./Merino Trampoline Gymnastics Academy, 105.300/37; Ruben Padilla of Oakley, Calif./Wasatch Trampoline & Tumbling, 102.825/46; and Shostak, 40.505/64.
In synchronized trampoline qualifications, Gluckstein and Shostak earned a 92.250 to qualify for finals in fourth place; Gesuelli and Padilla posted an 83.060 for 11th place; and Ahsinger and Heinen scored a 66.460 for 12th, and Oh and Stevens claimed a 52.710 for 14th.