It was a victorious atmosphere during the final day of competition at the World Vaulting Championships on Aug. 3 in Brno, Czech Republic, when Team USA took home a bronze medal, while two U.S. women placed in the top 10 in individual competition.
In the women’s competition, both Woodside’s Liz Osborn and Mt. Eden’s Mary McCormick had strong finishes, with Osborn finishing eighth overall and McCormick finishing a very close ninth. Both vaulted on Pikkolo 19, longed by Marion Shultz of Germany. Woodside’s Ali Divita was 16th.
In the women’s individuals, Nicola Stroh of Germany, the 2004 World Vaulting Champion and the 2006 bronze medalist, won the 2008 title, with Sissi Jarz of Austria taking the silver and Anja Barwig of Germany taking the bronze.
In the men’s competition, Petr Eim of the Czech Republic pleased his country by winning its first world vaulting medal ever when he won gold. The 2006 Men’s World Champion Kai Vorberg of Germany won silver and Germany’s Daniel Kaiser won bronze. No U.S. men competed in the World Championships.