USA wins three team medals at 2019 World T&T Championships
posted on 11/29/2019

Women's double mini team gold medalists
© Ricardo Bufolin

TOKYO, Nov. 29, 2019 – The USA won the women’s gold and men’s silver double mini-trampoline team medals, along with the men’s tumbling team bronze, at the 2019 World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships at the Ariake Gymnastics Center, the 2020 Olympic Games venue, in Tokyo, Japan. Also, Kaden Brown of Herriman, Utah/Wasatch Trampoline & Tumbling, qualified for the men’s tumbling final with the top score, and the USA advanced to both the men’s and women’s synchronized trampoline finals, as well as the team all-around final. Additionally, the USA qualified in men’s and women’s double mini-trampoline and tumbling for the 2021 World Games, scheduled for July 15-25 in Birmingham, Ala.

U.S. fans can watch the team finals tape-delayed at 4 p.m. ET on the Olympic Channel, the simulcast or the NBC Sports app. Competition continues Nov. 30 with the semifinals for men’s and women’s trampoline at 3 p.m. Tokyo time and the finals for women’s tumbling, men’s double-mini and men’s and women’s synchronized trampoline, beginning at 5 p.m. local time. The finals on Nov. 30 will have a livestream at 3 a.m. ET and delayed coverage on the Olympic Channel and its simulcast on olympicchannel.com, nbcsports.com and the NBC Sports app at 8 p.m. ET. Due to the 14-hour time difference, U.S. fans can watch the last day of finals at 11:30 p.m. ET via live webstream on olympicchannel.com and the Olympic Channel app on Nov. 30.

Men's double mini team silver medalists
© Ricardo Bufolin
Competing on November 30 are as follows.

Semifinals

  • Trampoline: men – Aliaksei Shostak of Youngsville, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express; and women – Nicole Ahsinger of Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express

Finals

  • Women’s tumbling: Eve Doudican of Bixby, Okla./Oklahoma Extreme Tumbling
  • Men’s double mini-trampoline: Ruben Padilla of Oakley, Calif./Wasatch Trampoline & Tumbling, and Alex Renkert of Columbus, Ohio/Integrity Athletics
  • Men’s synchronized trampoline: Jeffrey Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy, and Shostak
  • Women’s synchronized trampoline: Ellen Heinen of Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express, and Kayttie Nakamura of Honolulu, Hawaii/Merino Trampoline Gymnastics Academy

The USA’s Kiley Lockett of Oceansiofde, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, Nakamura, and Tristan Van Natta of Hilliard, Ohio/Integrity Athletics, tallied a 104.700 to grab the women’s double-mini team title, along with Sydney Senter of Aiea, Hawaii/Merino Trampoline Gymnastics Academy. Great Britain was on their heels at 104.500, with Russia third at 103.600. The U.S. team of Padilla, Renkert and Simon Smith of Springville, Utah/High Altitude, combined for a 112.200 total and the silver medal, along with Noah Orr of Phoenix, Ariz./Air Sports Unlimited. Russia won the title at 114.800, and Portugal was third at 109.300.

In the men’s tumbling team final, the U.S. men and Australia both posted a 111.400 total, but the USA brought home the men’s tumbling team bronze medal via the tie breaker. Renkert, Haydn Fitzgerald of Sammamish, Wash./Cascade Gymnastics, and Brown scored a 36.000, 35.500, and 39.900, respectively, in the final for the bronze, along with Brandon Krzynefski of Centreville, Va./Capital Gymnastics National Training Center. Great Britain won the title with a 115.900, followed by Russia’s 115.200. In the women’s tumbling team final, the USA was fourth at 98.500 (33.300; 32.700; 32.500). The medalists were Great Britain, 103.500; Russia, 101.500; and France, 100.200. Japan won the women’s trampoline team title at 165.225, followed by Britain at 162.820 and Canada at 133.745. Belarus won the men’s trampoline team crown at 180.390, edging out China’s 180.350. Russia was third at 178.540.

Men's tumbling team bronze medalists
© Ricardo Bufolin
In addition, Gluckstein and Shostak, qualified to the men’s synchronized trampoline finals. Belarus qualified to the final with the top score, 96.110. Heinen and Nakamura qualified for the women’s synchro finals. Japan finished at the top of the preliminary ranking at 91.060. The all-around team competition features one routine for each discipline for men and women, and the USA came in second in the prelims at 675.845. Russia had the highest mark for the day at 682.440.

The U.S. Team’s scores and rankings in the qualification round (without adjustments for maximum athlete requirement) for men’s tumbling and men’s and women’s synchronized trampoline are listed below, as well as the team final results.

Tumbling

  • Men: 1. Brown, 76.400 (38.100; 38.300); 12. Renkert, 69.900 (34.500; 35.400); 13. Fitzgerald, 69.600 (33.600; 36.000); 22. Krzynefski, 67.200 (33.500; 33.700).

Synchronized trampoline

  • Men: 8. Gluckstein and Shostak, 91.920 (42.020; 49.900); 24. Cody Gesuelli, Huntsville, Ala./Merino Trampoline Gymnastics Academy, and Isaac Rowley, Allen, Texas/Eagle Gymnastics Academy, 66.120 (15.070; 51.050).
  • Women: 12. Heinen and Nakamura, 84.840 (39.090; 45.750); 13. Ahsinger and Jessica Stevens, Ellicott City, Md./Fairland Gymnastics, 83.540 (35.130; 48.410).

Team

    Qualifications
    • All-around: 2. USA, 675.845 (double-mini – men/Padilla/76.000 and women/Van Natta/69.400; synchronized trampoline – men/91.920 and women/84.840; trampoline – men/Shostak/110.015 and women/Ahsinger/101.070; tumbling – men/Brown/76.400 and women/Doudican/66.200.
    Finals
    • Trampoline: Men – 1. Belarus, 180.390; 2. China, 180.350; 3. Russia, 178.540. Women – 1. Japan, 165.225; 2. Great Britain, 162.820; 3. Canada, 133.745.
    • Tumbling: Men – 1. Great Britain, 115.900; 2. Russia, 115.200; 3. USA, 111.400 (Renkert, 36.000; Fitzgerald, 35.500; Brown, 39.900). Women – 1. Great Britain, 103.500; 2. Russia, 101.500; 3. France, 100.200; 4. USA, 98.500 (Hope Bravo of Waco, Texas/Eagle Gymnastics Academy, 33.300; Ashley McDonald of Lindon, Utah/High Altitude, 32.700; Eve Doudican, 32.500; Isabel Steinmetz of Batavia, Ohio/Gymnastics Central, did not compete).
    • Double-mini: Men – 1. Russia, 114.800; 2. USA, 112.200 (Renkert, 36.700; Padilla, 39.000; Smith, 36.500); 3. Portugal, 109.300. Women – 1. USA, 104.700 (Nakamura, 34.600; Lockett, 34.700; Van Natta, 35.400); 2. Great Britain, 104.500; 3. Russia, 103.600.

The top eight male and female gymnasts in the qualification rankings for double-mini, tumbling and synchronized trampoline advanced to the finals. For trampoline, the top 24 men and women qualified to the semifinals, with the top eight men and women in the semis advancing to the finals. Based on performances in the qualification rounds, five countries compete in the team all-around final. The competition features one man and one woman in trampoline, double-mini and tumbling, along with one men’s and one women’s synchro pair, for each country.

This year’s World Championships is part of the qualification process for the 2020 Olympic Games. Each country that has at least one athlete in the trampoline final will earn a berth to Tokyo. This means that up to eight spots for both the men and women are available, with a maximum of one gymnast per country. Additionally, World champions will be determined in trampoline, synchronized trampoline, tumbling and double mini-trampoline.

The competition schedule, which is subject to change, is below. Times listed are local to Tokyo, which is 14 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern time. The finals will be livestreamed by NBC Sports and the Olympic Channel.

November 30, semifinals and finals

  • 3 p.m. - Semifinals: men’s and women’s trampoline
  • 5 p.m. - Finals: women’s tumbling, men’s double-mini and men’s and women’s synchronized trampoline

December 1, finals

  • 2 p.m. - Women’s double-mini, men’s tumbling and men’s and women’s trampoline
  • 5 p.m. - All-around team

U.S. fans can follow the action several ways – live scoring, websites, social platforms, and live and tape-delayed webcasts and cablecasts of the finals.

  • Live scoring: Follow the scores in real time during qualifications and finals here.
  • Websites: usagym.org will have coverage of Team USA. The FIG’s event page is the go-to web portal for the latest news, live scoring, official results, medal standings and a complete competition program. More information is available on the official championships site.
  • Social media: Using the hashtag #GTR2019Tokyo, the FIG’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will have livestream alerts, stories, clips and photos and extras from on and off the competition floor.
  • Web and cable coverage: NBC Sports and the Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will have coverage of the World Trampoline & Tumbling Championships. Fans can catch all the action via NBCSports.com/Live or through the NBC Sports app which is available on the Apple App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.
    • Friday, Nov. 29 - 4:00 p.m. ET - tape-delayed – Finals Day 1 - Olympic Channel and NBCSports.com
    • Saturday, Nov. 30 - 3:00 a.m. ET - LIVE - Finals Day 2 – OlympicChannel.com
    • Saturday, Nov. 30 - 8:00 p.m. ET - tape-delayed – Finals Day 2 - Olympic Channel and NBCSports.com
    • Saturday, Nov. 30 - 11:30 p.m. ET - LIVE - Finals Day 3 – OlympicChannel.com
    • Sunday, Dec. 1 - 2:30 p.m. ET - tape-delayed – Finals Day 3 - Olympic Channel and NBCSports.com
  • The FIG will upload highlight clips to its YouTube channel each day, while qualification routines from each athlete will be made available after the competition.

The World Age Group Competitions will be held following the World Championships, Dec. 5-8. The competition will determine champions in trampoline, double mini-trampoline and tumbling for boys and girls in four age-groups. The USA is competing in three of the four age-group categories: 13-14,15-16 and 17-21.