SOFIA, Bulgaria, Nov. 9, 2013 – The U.S. women’s and men’s double mini-trampoline teams claimed the gold medals today at 2013 World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. The women’s medal is the first gold medal for the USA in the event since 1996, while the men’s is the first since 1999.
The U.S. women’s double-mini team posted a score of 104.400, edging out Canada (102.200) and Russia (101.600). Erin Jauch of Crystal Lake, Ill./Fox Valley Tumbling and Trampoline, got the U.S. off to a strong start, scoring 36.000 after sticking her piked barani out to full-full. Tristan Van Natta of Pendleton, Ind./Geist Sports Academy, added a 32.900. Kristle Lowell of Three Rivers, Mich./Branch Gymnastics, executed a tucked one-and-a-half twisting double front to layout full-full. Lowell’s 35.500 cemented the USA’s victory. Shelby Gill of Ladera Ranch, Calif./Air Sports Unlimited, was also a member of the team.
In the men’s double-mini final, Alex Renkert of Indianapolis, Ind./Geist Sports Academy, earned a 36.500 for his pass, which ended with a stuck triple back pike. Ryan Roberts, Ramona, Calif./So Cal TTC, stuck his full-full dismount but landed outside the area for a .300 deduction. His score, 36.800, put the U.S. in second after two passes. 2011 World double-mini silver medalist Austin White of Newport Coast, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, needed better than 34.500 to take the gold away from Canada as the event’s final competitor. His triple front barani out to triple back earned 36.900 and the team gold. Canada was second, 107.800, followed by Great Britain, 106.500. Austin Nacey of Braidwood, Ill./TwistStars Tumbling and Trampoline LTD, was also on the squad.
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