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Florida frosh Silvia Colussi-Pelaez World Gymnastics Championships' experience includes having a skill named after her

Wednesday October 2, 2013Florida freshman World Gymnastics Championships' experience includes naming a beam skill

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Florida frosh Silvia Colussi-Pelaez World Gymnastics Championships' experience includes having a skill named after her

Photo credit: Heather Maynez


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida freshman and Spain National Team member Silvia Colussi-Pelaez competed Wednesday as an all-arounder in the 2013 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp, Belgium.


Complete World Championships all-around results (combined from five subdivisions)


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’s balance beam routine included a successfully executed sideways aerial. Now that skill will be submitted to the Federation of International Gymnastics (FIG) to be named after her.


She finished 31st overall in all-around subdivision competition with a total of 52.166. The top 24-ranked gymnasts advance to the all-around finals, with the top eight for each event advancing to the event finals. The 2013 World Championships is an individual competition and does not have a team component.



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

·         Colussi-Pelaez’s side aerial was one of 13 new elements which were submitted for evaluation during the 44th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships. The list of provisional new elements include six on floor exercise, three each on balance beam and uneven bars and one on vault.

·         She is believed to be the only 2013 World Championships’ competitors who will perform as a collegiate in 2014 NCAA competition.

·         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.



How did your competition go today?

“My competition went pretty well. It could have gone better – I had a fall on beam and my floor wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be, but it was okay.


“I did a sideways aerial on the beam and I did the skill well so technically it is named after me so that is exciting. I was pretty focused on hitting that skill well.” - freshman Silvia Colussi-Pelaez


How has the college experience been for you so far?

“The coaches and team have been so supportive helping me train for Worlds. They’ve all been cheering me on in training. I’m excited to go back to see them all.


“The girls are just incredible. It is such a close team – it is like a family. Everyone supports each other, which is why I think the team is so strong.


“I think the team is really fun. They like to have a lot of fun but they work hard at the same time, which is really nice. It’s been a big change, but a good change.” - freshman Silvia Colussi-Pelaez



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