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Gator freshman Silvia Colussi-Pelaez will represent Spain in 2013 World Championships competition in Belgium

Tuesday October 1, 2013Gator freshman Silvia Colussi-Pelaez will represent Spain in 2013 World Gymnastics Championships

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Gator freshman Silvia Colussi-Pelaez will represent Spain in 2013 World Championships competition in Belgium

Photo credit: Heather Maynez

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Freshman Silvia Colussi-Pelaez starts competition at the 2013 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships Wednesday in Antwerp, Belgium. Colussi-Pelaez performs in the fifth and final subdivision of the World Championship, which begins at 12:30 p.m. ET.

See video from Silvia Colussi-Pelaez 2013 World Championships’ podium training (credit: Gymnastike)

Beam training 1 (1:06 is sideways aerial)

Beam training 2 (59 second is sideways aerial)



Colussi-Pelaez is part of Spain’s National Team and will compete as an all-arounder. Her balance beam routine includes a sideways aerial. If successfully executed at Worlds, the skill would be submitted to the Federation of International Gymnastics (FIG) to be named after her.



·         This is Colussi-Pelaez’s second World Championships’ appearance, as she competed at the 2011 event in Tokyo, Japan.

·         There are four among the 2014 Gator gymnastics team who have been a part of their national team in World Championships’ competition – Mackenzie Caquatto – 2010 (U.S. – silver), Colussi-Pelaez – 2011 & 2013 (Spain), Bianca Dancose-Giambattisto – 2010 (Canada) and Bridget Sloan – 2007, 2009, 2010 (U.S. – team gold in 2007, 2009 World all-around champion and 2010 – team silver). Also, Florida head coach Rhonda Faehn represented the U.S. in the 1987 World Championships.



Describe the beam skill that you are going to be using at the Worlds?

“The new beam skill that I’m doing is a sideways aerial, but it’s sideways on the beam.” – freshman Silvia Colussi-Pelaez


How did you learn this new skill?

“The process of learning this skill was first I had to try it on the floor and then once it got good enough on the floor I had to do it on a lower floor beam. Then just a lower beam with mats and then, eventually, bringing it up to a higher beam.


“That process was probably a few months, but to get it consistent on the high beam it took about almost a year of competing it and training it a lot.” – freshman Silvia Colussi-Pelaez


What was the process to get Silvia prepared for the World Championships?

“Silvia and her parents told me this summer that she had been approached by the Spanish National Team to work toward the World Championships in Belgium. We were 100 percent supportive and wanted to help her in any goal, whether it be the collegiate or Elite world.

“We’ve been very supportive and helping her when she spends her training to do her Elite routines, which are incredibly difficult and challenging. We try to help her stay positive, to stay calm and to help push her in a great way so that she has the best results possible for her in Belgium.” – Florida coach Rhonda Faehn

Silvia is attempting to perform a skill which would be a first in World Championships or Olympic competition. How unique is this attempt?

“That is something very special that Silvia is attempting to do. She is attempting a side aerial sideways on the balance beam and it’s so rare. There’s only been a few in the world who have done this skill. And she’s attempting to compete it successfully at the World Championships to get it named after her. It’s a huge goal and it’s an exciting opportunity.


“At the same time, we have told her over and over that if she does it and she does it well, great, but if not, it does not diminish at all the whole overall experience she’s going to have at the World Championships. So to look at it at both sides, it would be amazing, but at the same time, amazing just that she’s there competing for the Worlds.” – Florida coach Rhonda Faehn




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