It was a silver-filled day for Team USA Saturday at the London World Cup, the third and final stop of the 2017 FIG World Cup series as both U.S. competitors – Victoria Nguyen and Donnell Whittenburg – finished second in the women’s and men’s all-around events.
Nguyen impressed in her world cup debut, beating out three Olympians, including two medalists. She finished with a total score of 53.832, behind 2016 Olympian and 2017 Stuttgart World Cup gold medalist Tabea Alt of Germany (54.598) and ahead of reigning Olympic floor bronze medalist Amy Tinkler of Great Britain (53.433).
The 16-year-old had the second-highest score of the day on uneven bars (13.800), third-highest on balance beam (12.866) and third-highest on floor exercise (13.000).
Nguyen is competing in her first year as a senior and at just her second international assignment as a senior. Earlier this month, she helped the U.S. win the City of Jesolo Trophy in Italy, where she finished fifth on bars and seventh in the all-around.
Meanwhile, Whittenburg is a seasoned competitor who took home his fourth world cup medal in his fifth season as a senior.
The 2016 Olympic alternate scored a 82.665 and outperformed a field that included four Olympians, placing only behind reigning Olympic all-around silver medalist Oleg Verniaiev of Ukraine (83.864). Germany’s Lukas Dauser earned bronze with an 81.698.
Whittenburg, the current U.S. still rings champion and a past U.S. vault champ, had the highest score on floor exercise (14.133), second-highest score on rings (14.233) and vault (14.533), and third-highest score on parallel bars (14.533).
His previous world cup results include silver at the 2016 AT&T American Cup and bronzes at the 2015 AT&T American Cup and 2014 DTB Pokal World Cup.
Team USA closed the world cup series with five medals, including wins from Ragan Smith and Yul Moldauer at the AT&T American Cup and a bronze from Morgan Hurd in Stuttgart, Germany.