NDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Nov. 12, 2010 – Austin White of Newport Coast, Calif., won the silver medal for men’s double mini-trampoline at the 2010 World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships at the Les Arenes Sports Complex in Metz, France. The finals conclude tomorrow. The U.S. gymnasts competing in tomorrow’s final rounds are: Steven Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J., and Logan Dooley of Lake Forest, Calif., men’s synchronized trampoline; Mckenna Kurz of Encinitas, Calif., in women’s double mini-trampoline; and Kalon Ludvigson of Sterling, Utah, in men’s tumbling.
“Austin continues to be a consistent performer for USA Gymnastics,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “His leadership on the team is valuable right now as a new generation emerges. His medal today was an indication of his true mettle and experience in the sport.”
White, who trains at World Elite, earned a 35.000 for his first routine, which had an error on his landing, and then came back with a very strong second pass to post a 38.000 for a 73.000 total. Portugal’s Andre Lico just edged out White for the gold by 0.400. The bronze went to Russia’s Evgeny Chernoivanov at 72.700. The USA’s Alex Renkert of Indianapolis, Ind./Interactive Academy, came in fourth with a 72.100.
“(Winning a World medal) was incredible,” said White. “It’s been a goal of mine for almost five years now. I had a really hard time in warm-ups, but once I got up to compete, I pulled everything together and went for it. I am super excited and proud to bring home a medal for the USA.”
Yuliya Hall of Pocatello, Idaho, and Karly Judkins of Tulsa, Okla., finished fourth and seventh place, respectively, in the women’s tumbling final. Hall, who trains at Team Revolution, scored a 61.600, and Judkins, who trains at Xtreme Elite, earned a 60.000. Russia’s Anna Korobeynikova and Elena Krasnokutskaya went one-two, with France’s Marine Debauve finishing in third.
The championships feature individual competition in trampoline, synchronized trampoline, double mini-trampoline and tumbling. The top eight, with a maximum of two athletes per country, from each event’s qualification round advance to the finals. Preliminary scores do not carry over to the finals.
Finals conclude on Nov. 13 with finals in women’s double-mini at 3:00 p.m., men’s tumbling at 3:30 p.m., men’s synchro at 4:15 p.m., and women’s trampoline at 4:45 p.m. All times are local in Metz.
The 2010 World Age Group Championships follow the World Championships in Metz, Nov. 14-19. 2009 World Age Group tumbling gold-medalist Kiara Nowlin of Oxnard, Calif./Waller’s GymJam Academy, headlines the U.S. team for the 2010 World Age Group Championships. For a complete list of World Age Group team members, click here.