Congratulations to our USA Senior National Group! See more beautiful photos on the USA Gymnastics website and on Tom Theobald's Facebook page. And here's the USA Gymnastics write-up of the girls' performance at the World Championships in Izmir, Turkey, over the weekend:
IZMIR, Turkey, Sept. 27, 2014 — The USA’s rhythmic gymnastics group finished in 14th place in the group all-around finals at the 2014 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Izmir, Turkey. The World Championships conclude on Sunday with the group individual event finals, which will be carried live on the USA Gymnastics YouTube channel. By finishing in the top 24, the USA’s group qualified to compete in the 2015 World
Championships, which is the first of two opportunities to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games. Based on available records, this is believed to be the USA’s best finish in the World group all-around finals. Earning a two-event total of 30.683, the U.S. group consists of Kiana Eide of Northbrook, Ill., Alisa Kano of Glencoe, Ill., Natalie McGiffert of Northbrook, Ill., Jennifer Rokhman of Northbrook, Ill., Monica Rokhman of Northbrook, Ill., and Kristen Shaldybin of Chicago, Ill., all of North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center.
The USA started with its 3 balls/2 ribbons routine, marked with original choreography, to earn a 15.050. The group performed a strong in its 5 clubs routine, earning a 15.633. Bulgaria won the group all-around title at 34.449, followed by Italy at 34.282 and Belarus with 34.133. For group, the top 24 groups automatically qualified to the 2015 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. Based on rankings at the 2015 World Championships, the top 10 groups earn a ticket to the 2016 Olympic Games. Groups ranked 11 through 16 will advance to the Rio Olympic Test Event, where they will vie for the last four group berths to Rio.
World Championships update: Cheer for Jazzy in the all-around finals Friday and for USA Group this weekend!
Turn on your computer, and get ready to watch the USA Gymnastics live stream of the World Championships in Turkey this weekend! Cheer for Jazzy in the all-around finals Friday at 8:30 a.m. central time and for USA Group Saturday morning (see USA Gymnastics information below for times). Friday, Sept. 26 9:30 a.m. – Individual all-around final (Group B, Rank 13-24) 1 p.m. – Individual all-around final (Group A, Rank 1-12) Saturday, Sept. 27 8 a.m. – Groups General Competition (Part 1) 10:45 a.m. – Groups General Competition (Part 2) Sunday, Sept. 28 8 a.m. – Group event finals (5 clubs and 3 balls/2 ribbons) Thank you to our wonderful North Shore Rhythmics coaches! Thank you to Tom Theobald for taking such gorgeous pictures of the USA and other girls. (The USA Group photo is from their Instagram.) Go, USA!
Our girls have been in the news – and in Kazan! Next competition stop: Izmir, Turkey, for the World Championships. Check out this feature story on our USA group girls. And check out all the beautiful photos by Oleg Naumov on his Facebook page. Also, you can view day one and day two of the competition on YouTube. We are posting a few photo highlights below. Go, USA!