Vaulters Geisler And Smith Will Continue For U.S.
SPAIN September 13 - Pamela Geisler and Samantha Smith will proceed
to the second round of competition at the World Equestrian Games
(WEG). Geisler performed an almost flawless freestyle tonight, and
improved her standing to eighth place at the end of Round I. Chef
d'equipe Emma Drinker commented, "The level of competition
keeps increasing. The talent in every country in the sport of vaulting
continues to develop to new highs. Everyone just gets better every
year! It's very exciting for the future of our sport."
quality and training of the horses is the best I've seen. Quality
in the sport overall has risen to a new level", said Ulrike
Reider of Germany, author of several books on the sport. Denmark
and Australia may be on their way to their first medals at a Vaulting
World Championship, in this sport frequently dominated by the German
Smith will be the American woman to join Geisler in the second round
of competition. Smith currently stands in 13th place. Jill Main
experienced difficulties in the freestyle this afternoon, and will
not be proceeding to the final round.
men and teams have begun second round competition and the contenders
shuffle position for medals. The finals tomorrow will be extraordinarily
exciting and spectators can expect standing room only in the venue.
American Devon Maitozo finished 4th in the compulsories with Jan
Bayer of Germany placing third. Although Maitozo remains slightly
ahead of Bayer going into the final day of competition, his very
narrow lead was closed even tighter. A medal for the United States
remains a strong possibility, as Maitozo's freestyle is his strongest
event. Erik Martonovich placed 14th, which will cause his current
standing (7th) to fall overall. In the team division, the American
team's second round of Compulsories improved their standing from
6th to 5th.
the compulsories completed for the teams and men, artistry and creativity
will rule the last day of competition. As always, the performance
of the horse will be the critical factor when the day is finished.
If the horses go well, only then will vaulters have an opportunity
to show the visual poetry the sport has become famous for. Even
spectators viewing vaulting for the first time, quickly developed
an appreciation for the unique combination of gymnastics and dance
movements in partnership with the cantering horse. The only guarantee
for the final day is that every spectator will be a winner.
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