Trampolinist Nicole Ahsinger follows World Cup medal with trip to second Olympics

Filippo Tomasi

Nicole Ahsinger has sealed her spot as the sole U.S. women’s trampoline representative at next month’s Tokyo Olympics.

Until earlier this month, the U.S. was in jeopardy of not qualifying in the event for the first time since trampoline, a discipline of gymnastics, made its Olympic debut in 2000.

Then, at the final World Cup of a two-year series, Ahsinger earned the bronze medal and moved high enough on the Olympic qualification ranking list to secure the U.S. an Olympic quota.

Her medal in Brescia, Italy, was the first for any individual U.S. trampolinist in nearly three years and first for a U.S. woman since Charlotte Drury‘s World Cup gold in 2014.

The athlete who fills the Olympic spot would be determined by adding each athlete’s two highest preliminary-round scores out of three competitions.

With a low score from last month’s Elite Challenge (66.34 points), where she was ninth, Ahsinger was sitting in fifth among eligible athletes after Brescia, where her prelims score was 101.845 — the highest of any American in the first two events. She needed a high score at the final competition, the USA Gymnastics Championships.

Ahsinger, 23, won Friday’s prelims with a 102.18 total, knocking out her Elite Challenge result and giving her a combined score of 204.025, easily winning the standings in the Olympic race.

Drury, the 2014 U.S. champion and only American woman to win a trampoline World Cup, totaled 196.54 points between the Brescia World Cup and national championships. She was a favorite for the 2016 Olympics but broke her foot at the final qualifying competition, making way for Ahsinger. She will be named the Olympic alternate.

“I never in my wildest dreams thought that I could make the Olympics one time,” Ahsinger told “And, then, I made it twice.”

Tokyo will feel familiar for Ahsinger, who is well-versed in multi-sport competitions.

At age 16, she competed at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, where she was fifth.

Two years later she went to Rio as the youngest U.S. Olympic trampolinist in history and placed 15th of 16.

Ahsinger won the silver medal at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, and is currently ranked 11th in the world.

She will become only the second American to compete trampoline at two Olympics.

Aliaksei Shostak was recently awarded an Olympic berth in men’s trampoline.

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Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz set French Open semifinal showdown


Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz will play in the French Open semifinals on Friday in the most anticipated match of the tournament.

Each man advanced with a quarterfinal win on Tuesday.

Djokovic, eyeing a record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam men’s singles title, rallied past 11th-seeded Russian Karen Khachanov 4-6, 7-6 (0), 6-2, 6-4. The Serb reached his 45th career major semifinal, one shy of Roger Federer‘s men’s record.

Later Tuesday, top seed Alcaraz crushed fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 (5) to consolidate his status as the favorite in Friday’s showdown.

“This match, everyone wants to watch,” Alcaraz said. “I really wanted to play this match as well. I always say that if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best.”

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Alcaraz, who at last year’s U.S. Open became the first male teen to win a major since Rafael Nadal in 2005, is at this event the youngest man to be the top seed at a major since Boris Becker at 1987 Wimbledon.

The Djokovic-Alcaraz semifinal will produce the clear favorite for Sunday’s final given left-handed 14-time French Open champion Nadal is out this year with a hip injury and No. 2 seed Daniil Medvedev lost in the first round. Djokovic and Nadal share the record 22 men’s major titles.

Djokovic and Alcaraz met once, with Alcaraz winning last year on clay in Madrid 6-7 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (5).

“[Alcaraz] brings a lot of intensity on the court,” Djokovic said, before breaking into a smile. “Reminds me of someone from his country that plays with a left hand.”

Alcaraz and Djokovic were set to be on opposite halves of the draw — and thus not able to meet until the final — until Medvedev won the last top-level clay event before the French Open to move ahead of Djokovic in the rankings. That meant Djokovic had a 50 percent chance to wind up in Alcaraz’s half, and that’s what the random draw spit out two weeks ago.

Earlier Tuesday in the first two women’s quarterfinals, No. 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus and 43rd-ranked Czech Karolina Muchova advanced to face off in Thursday’s semifinals.

Sabalenka, the Australian Open champion, swept Ukrainian Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-4 to complete her set of semifinals in all four Grand Slams. Sabalenka will take the No. 1 ranking from Iga Swiatek if Swiatek loses before the final, or if Sabalenka makes the final and Swiatek does not win the title.

Svitolina, a former world No. 3, returned to competition in April from childbirth.

Muchova took out 2021 French Open runner-up Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia 7-5, 6-2, to make her second major semifinal after the 2021 Australian Open.

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2023 French Open men’s singles draw

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The French Open men’s singles draw is missing injured 14-time champion Rafael Nadal for the first time since 2004, leaving the Coupe des Mousquetaires ripe for the taking.

The tournament airs live on NBC Sports, Peacock and Tennis Channel through championship points in Paris.

Novak Djokovic is not only bidding for a third crown at Roland Garros, but also to lift a 23rd Grand Slam singles trophy to break his tie with Nadal for the most in men’s history.

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But the No. 1 seed is Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, who won last year’s U.S. Open to become, at 19, the youngest man to win a major since Nadal’s first French Open title in 2005.

Now Alcaraz looks to become the second-youngest man to win at Roland Garros since 1989, after Nadal of course.

Alcaraz missed the Australian Open in January due to a right leg injury, but since went 30-3 with four titles. Notably, he has not faced Djokovic this year. They meet in Friday’s semifinals.

Russian Daniil Medvedev, the No. 2 seed, was upset in the first round by 172nd-ranked Brazilian qualifier Thiago Seyboth Wild. It marked the first time a men’s top-two seed lost in the first round of any major since 2003 Wimbledon (Ivo Karlovic d. Lleyton Hewitt).

All of the American men lost before the fourth round. The last U.S. man to make the French Open quarterfinals was Andre Agassi in 2003.

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2023 French Open Men’s Singles Draw

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