U.S. qualifies two Olympic spots in trampoline
After the U.S. trampoline athletes finished outside of the eight-person final at the 2015 Worlds in October, they missed the chance to directly qualify any spots for their country at the Rio Olympics. Instead, they had to wait until April and the Rio Test Event for a final chance at earning two much-coveted Olympic berths.
Charlotte Drury represented the women's side and Logan Dooley and Jeffrey Gluckstein represented the men's side. A maximum of two spots, one male and one female, were up for grabs.
The women's competition began with two routines, a compulsory and voluntary, in the qualification round. Drury showed signs of nerves during her compulsory routine, traveling close to the edge of the trampoline bed--if she had touched the safety mat, the routine would have ended immediately. Drury stayed in control but earned the lowest score of the sixteen competitors. She needed a heroic effort in her voluntary routine to make up for lost ground.
And after giving herself a pep talk, Drury got through it cleanly, posting one of the highest difficulty scores of the round. She bounced into 11th place--just good enough to qualify the U.S. women an Olympic spot.