METZ, France, Nov. 17, 2010 – The USA won three gold and two bronze medals on the second day of the 2010 World Age Group Trampoline and Tumbling Competition in Metz, France. The three gold medalists are: Kiara Nowlin of Oxnard, Calif., 15-16 girls' tumbling; Audrey Ghanian of Holmdel, N.J., and Meghan O'Connell of Middletown, N.J., 11-12 girls' synchronized trampoline; and Sonia Shah of Indianapolis, Ind., girls' 17-18 double mini-trampoline. Ryan Roberts of Ramona, Calif., and Shaylee Dunavin of Amarillo, Texas, won bronze medals in 17-18 boys' double-mini and 13-14 girls' trampoline, respective. Competition continues through Nov. 19.
Nowlin, who trains at Waller's GymJam Academy, won her second consecutive world 15-16 tumbling title with a 32.700. Victoria Danilenko of Russia finished second (31.300) with Joanna Czapla of Poland third (30.900). Russia's Mikhail Manin (35.300), Aleksandr Bezyulev (33.600), and Yaroslav Moskovkin (33.600) swept the medals in boys' 15-16 tumbling. Joshua Coles of Wonder Lake, Ill./5 Star Tumbling And Trampoline, finished eighth.
The World Age Group Competitions span all trampoline disciplines - Individual and Synchronised Trampoline, Double Mini-trampoline and Tumbling - in four age groups: 11-12 years, 13-14 years, 15-16 years and 17-18 years old respectively. Counting both the girls’ and boys’ events, 96 medals will be awarded over the week.
The programme is based on each age group doing one event per day over four days, which means that all equipment in the hall will be in use simultaneously. Both judges and officials from the organisation will have a hectic programme. But the highest pressure of all will be on the gymnasts. For many of them, this is the first high-profile international competition, for which they have trained and prepared for many months. Most of them will perform well but some will perform under their ability or even fail completely. Regardless, they will all, without exception, leave Metz in a week’s time with new wonderful experiences and contacts with new friends from all over the world that only a World Age Group Competetion can give.