Seventeen is already proving sweet for gymnast Trinity Thomas, who took silver in her first gymnastics world cup appearance Saturday in Tokyo, the final leg of this season’s FIG Individual All-Around World Cup series.
Silver in Japan caps a whirlwind week for Thomas. Last Saturday, the U.S. national team member celebrated her 17th birthday. On Monday, she announced that she’d decided on a college, opting to sign with the University of Florida, one of the nation’s powerhouse women’s gymnastics programs, where she will matriculate a year early after finishing her high school coursework this spring.
The next day, it was off to Japan for her first taste of a world cup.
In Tokyo, Thomas finished with 54.533 points, second to 2017 world floor exercise champion Mai Murakami, the leader of a surging Japanese women’s team, who tallied 56.532. Rising French star Melanie de Jesus dos Santos, like Murakami an Olympian at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, was third with 53.998, impressing with a new routine on uneven bars.
Thomas’ talents don’t end with gymnastics. Earlier this year, she stunned gym-watchers by competing for her high school diving team, a rare expansion into another sport for an active elite gymnast. At the Pennsylvania State Diving Championships last month, she earned a silver medal.
Thomas’ result in Tokyo gives the U.S. women an additional 55 points in the FIG World Cup rankings, securing their spot as the top country on the women’s world cup circuit this year. American gymnasts medaled at each event of the four-event series, with 2017 world all-around champion Morgan Hurd earning the title at the American Cup, Jordan Chiles taking bronze at the Stuttgart World Cup and Margzetta Frazier earning silver at the world cup in Birmingham, England.
Based on the points system, Germany’s Elisabeth Seitz, who shone in three world cup appearances so far this year, was the top individual women’s gymnast.