By Paul D. Bowker | July 06, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
Laura Zeng performs her ribbon routine at The World Games on July 22, 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland.

 

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Nicole Ahsinger, a 2016 Olympian in trampoline, and Laura Zeng, a 2016 Olympian in rhythmic gymnastics, are among more than 1,000 gymnasts assembled this week for the USA Gymnastics Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Competition is being held in trampoline and tumbling, as well as rhythmic and acrobatic gymnastics. The national championships for men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics will come later this summer, in August in Boston.

Ahsinger, also a 2014 Youth Olympian, and 2012 Olympian Savannah (Vinsant) Thompson, who was the first American woman to reach an Olympic final in trampoline, are among the top contenders in women’s trampoline, along with 2014 U.S. champion Charlotte Drury and up-and-comer Alyssa Oh. Ahsinger is the defending U.S. champion.

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Jeffrey Gluckstein is seeking his fifth individual national title in men’s trampoline.

The teams of Olivia Simpson and Lexi Vigil won the women’s synchronized trampoline, and Paul Bretscher and 2014 Youth Olympian Cody Gesuelli won men’s synchro trampoline on Wednesday.

Among the contenders in the rhythmic events is Zeng, who became the first U.S. rhythmic gymnast to medal at the Youth Olympic Games or Olympic Games, when she won a bronze medal in the all-around at the Summer Youth Olympic Games Nanjing 2014. She placed 11th at the Olympic Games Rio 2016. Zeng is seeking her fourth straight U.S. all-around title.

Others in rhythmic include Pacific Rim all-around champion Camilla Feeley, Brigita Budginas and Evita Griskenas.

The finals are Saturday in the Greensboro Coliseum.

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.