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By Terri Laymon
After coming off an overwhelming team victory for both the Junior and Senior ladies from the USA, the event finals wrapped up today in Jesolo, Italy.
Competing in the event finals in Jesolo, Italy for Team USA
Junior Event Finals
- Vault: Perea, Malabuyo
- Bars: O’Keefe, Perea
- Beam: O’keefe, Perea
- Floor: O’Keefe, Malabuyo
Senior Event Finals
- Bars: Locklear, McCuskers
- Beam: McCuskers, Nguyen
- Floor: Paulson
In the first rotation, the seniors were on vault while the juniors began on beam. Maile O’Keefe was first up for the USA and hit a fairly solid routine with only a couple balance checks, scoring a 14.050 giving her the bronze. Gabby Perea hit a gorgeous standing full, had a small bobble on her side somi, but a solid routine, scoring a 14.150 placing second and receiving the silver medal. Shallon Olsen (CAN) took the gold on beam for the juniors.
There was no senior representation on the vault for team USA.
The second rotation was full of action for both the juniors and seniors as the juniors rotated to floor and the seniors to the bars. The juniors were lead by O’Keefe as she gave a lovely floor routine with solid tumbling and beautiful dance, scoring a 13.450 tied for a silver finish with Carolann Heduit (FRA). Emma Malabuyo gave a stunning floor routine as she hit with new choreography capturing the gold with a 13.900.
On bars for the seniors were Riley McCusker and Ashton Locklear. Locklear dropped her D-score from a 6.8 down to 5.5 (reasons are unknown) and even though she stuck her landing, she only scored a 14.550. This will give her a third place finish. McCusker missed a connection, but still worked through to the end as she scored a 14.600 which was good enough for a silver finish. Elena Eremina (RUS) scored a 14.750 taking the gold for the seniors on bars.
Moving to the third rotation, the juniors will on vault while the seniors will travel to beam.
Perea’s first vault, double twisting yurchenko, scores a 14.700 and her second vault, full twisting yurchenko, scores a 13.950. Averaging a 14.325, Perea takes the gold for the juniors. Malabuyo sticks a double twisting yurchenko for an impressive 14.750 while her second vault scores a 13.800. her average is a 14.275 as she steps in for the silver medal. Ana padurariu (CAN) captures the bronze with an average score of 13.975.
On the beam for the seniors, McCusker puts up a solid beam routine scoring a 14.200, moving her into a gold medal finish as teammate Victoria Nguyen also hit an amazing routine, but comes up short on her dismount and falls to her back. Flavia Saraiva (BRA) scores a 14.100 which ties Marine Boyer (FRA) for the silver.
In the last rotation, the juniors moved to bars as the seniors took their show to the floor.
O’Keefe puts up a beautiful bar set scoring a 14.600, which is enough for her to capture a bronze medal. Perea hits an outstanding set as she scores a 14.65 tying her with Elisa Iorio (ITA) as they both capture the gold medal for the juniors.
For the seniors, Abby Paulson hits a solid floor routine scoring a 13.900 capturing the gold for Team USA. Saraiva (BRA) also tied Paulson with a 13.900 for a gold and Angelina Melinkova (RUS) came in close behind scoring a 13.800 for a bronze medal.
Wrapping up competition in Italy, Team USA takes home 19 medals, Russia with 5, Brazil with 4, Italy nada Canada both have 3, and France takes 2. Great Job for Team USA! Congratulations to all competitors who made the list to compete and to those that medaled!
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