TORONTO -- One day after taking home the gold medal in the women’s artistic gymnastics team competition, Madison Desch and Amelia Hundley wanted to add to their medal tally at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.
“Any time you’re competing for the U.S., you have a reputation to uphold,” Hundley said.
Competing against stiff competition, Desch was able to bring home the silver medal on Monday with a score of 57.450. Canada’s Ellie Black won gold (58.150) on home soil and Brazil’s Flavia Lopes Saraiva was third (57.050). Hundley just missed the podium and finished fourth with 56.100.
Desch’s best event of the night came on the vault, where she completed a Yurchenko double twist to earn a 14.850. In the second rotation, Desch earned a 14.500 on the uneven bars while Hundley only earned a 12.900.
“I obviously made a big mistake on bars, which cost me,” Hundley said. “I did everything I could to just go out there and have fun. I want to make up for what I did on bars today. I’m in the event final for bars, so I want to be able to hit that solid routine.”
With the support of her fellow Canadians behind her, Black completed her last rotation to a roaring crowd and earned the gold medal, while Desch fell to second.
“I’m really happy with my accomplishment,” Desch said. “I know things could have been better, but taking the silver medal is a great start to this season. It was a great showing for me.”
Still, the team was not concerned with looking too far ahead to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and wanted to focus on the moment.
“This is definitely a step toward making the Games. It’s each day, going day by day and taking each competition,” Hundley said.
The magnitude of making the U.S. Pan American team wasn’t lost on Hundley.
“This was one of my big goals,” she said. “When I finally made the team, I just felt like I’ve accomplished something. This whole experience has been really neat.”