LIMA, Peru – Continuing on their hot-medaling streaks at the Pan American Games Lima 2019, Evita Griskenas and Camilla Feeley added another two medals each to their ever-growing list of accomplishments.
Griskenas waltzed into Sunday’s competition with the individual all-around title to her name and sashayed out sweeping the ball and hoop finals to win two more golds. Feeley had the individual all-around silver and left Sunday with two bronze medals – one in ball and the other in hoop.
The Villa El Salvador Sports Center is brightly decorated throughout with vibrant colors and has the lively audience to match. The rhythmic gymnasts lived up to these levels and delivered vivid, energizing performances.
“It’s a really cool music that I think is super powerful,” Griskenas said of performing ball to the song My World. “Every time I hear it, it makes me want to jazz up, and I hope that energy that I have in my ball routine gets transferred into the crowd.”
With Griskenas’ 18.900-scoring performance in ball, she was met with wild cheers and whistles from the audience as spectators fiercely and proudly waved the American flag. This event came after hoop in which the 18-year-old delivered a 19.800-point show – beating the closest competitor by 1.65 points.
The performances by Griskenas and Feeley warranted a personal congratulations from Morinari Watanabe, the president of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG).
Despite the two’s continued success, they haven’t lost sight of their humility.
You can’t go into a competition expecting to medal,” Griskenas said. “You should absolutely want to medal, but you never know what’s going to happen. You have to control what you can control. I’m beyond excited and happy that I’ve medaled, and that Team USA medaled and that both of us are up there on the podiums, but I think that you just have to keep your focus.”
“You need to go in just focusing on yourself and not so much the medals and know that you’re here for Team USA,” Feeley said. “You’re here with your team and having that confidence behind you really gets you going.”
“As Nike says, ‘Just do it,’” Griskenas chimed in.
Confidence is in abundance for the two as they head into Monday’s clubs and ribbon finals. For Feeley, she’s already executed six excellent routines in Lima, serving as her confidence boost and making her excited to get out and compete again.
“I think it’s not so much the medals, but the routines. I did clean routines and I’m really proud of that,” Feeley said. “Having that in my pocket makes me more confident for tomorrow and for any future competitions. I’m excited to just go and live it up.”
Feeling ecstatic about her Sunday wins, Griskenas’ hope is to repeat on Monday and to continue to better herself.
“I just want to share my energy and my passions, and I’d like to improve on things from the qualification round and show even more what I’m capable of,” Griskenas said.
On Sunday, the U.S. group also won silver in the five balls competition. The team will also compete in the three hoops/two clubs final on Monday.