Photo credit: Heather Maynez
Fla. – Florida freshman and Spain National Team
Colussi-Pelaez competed Wednesday as an all-arounder
in the 2013 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp, Belgium.
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
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
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
did your competition go today?
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.
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
has the college experience been for you so far?
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.
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.
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