LAS VEGAS, March 24, 2019 – Three U.S. pairs/groups competed in the finals at the 2019 World Cup, the first International Gymnastics Federation World Cup for acrobatic gymnastics held in the United States since 2009. The three-day World Cup, which was part of the Las Vegas (Nev.) Acro Cup, wrapped up Sunday at the Rio Hotel, Casino and Convention Center.
The USA’s women’s pair Emily Davis and Aubrey Rosilier, both of San Antonio, Texas/Acrobatic Gymnastics of San Antonio, finished in fourth place after a fall dropped their score for their combined routine to 24.430, dashing their medal hopes. Portugal won the women’s pair title at 28.370. Australia moved into second with their 27.170, and Kazakhstan was third with a 26.440.
In the women’s group, Elanor Chang of Columbia, Md., Grace Vonder Harr of Imperial, Mo., and Kayla Vonder Haar of Imperial, who train at Emilia’s Acro Gymnastics and Cheer, were fifth at 26.920. Belarus took top honors at 29.670.
The USA’s Aisley Boynton of Riverside, Calif., and Sean Obley of Mesa, Ariz., who train at Aspire Kids Sports Center, finished seventh In the mixed pair final (26.270). Russia brought home the gold with a 29.970.
For men’s pair, Kazakhstan won the title at 28.450, and China was the men’s group champion (30.910).
Participating gymnasts could earn World Cup points based on their performances that count toward the coveted Acrobatic Gymnastics World Cup Series champion, which will be determined this fall at the conclusion of the series. At every World Cup, each pair or group will perform balance and dynamic routines. The pairs and groups that advance to the finals perform a combined routine. At this event, the men’s group will not receive World Cup points because the field did not have four groups.
Acrobatic gymnastics combines the beauty of dance with the strength and agility of acrobatics. Routines are choreographed to music and consist of dance, tumbling, and partner skills. At the elite level, each pair or group performs a balance, dynamic and combined routine. Pyramids and partner holds characterize the balance routine, while synchronized tumbling and intricate flight elements define the dynamic exercise. The acrobatic gymnastics events are: men’s pair, mixed pair, women’s pair, men’s group and women’s group. An acrobatic gymnastics pair consists of a base and a top. A women’s group is comprised of three athletes – a base, middle and top partner – while a men’s group has four athletes, a base, two middle partners and one top partner.
For more information about the Vegas Acro Cup World Cup and international invitational, visit the official website, www.vegasacrocup.com.