Sport Stacking is always a huge hit at the AAU Junior Olympic Games and this year was no different in Des Moines! Competition started on August 1st and ended on the last day of the AAU Junior Olympic Games, August 2nd. Stackers from the United States, Canada, Philippines and Korea all traveled to Des Moines to try to claim the gold. The event was co-sanctioned by the AAU and the World Sport Stacking Association and all participants had to be invited to compete. There were eight different events, 3-3-3, 3-6-3 and the Cycle (all individual), one age division Doubles event, and three Relay Team events (2 Head-to-Head Relays and the timed 3-6-3 Relay).
Age Divisions for boys and girls ranged from 6U to 18 year olds. Special Stackers divisions included SS6U, SS7-10, SS11-14 and SS15-18 in Levels 1 and 2. There was a “Give It A Go! Stack Zone” for spectators new to sport stacking and a Speed Stacks AAU Junior Olympic Games Challenge which a special State and International team event.
William Orrell, Josh Hainsel and Nicholas Stamm had the three fastest times in the Male Individual All Around (combined 3-3-3, 3-6-3 and the Cycle). In the female divisions, Madeleine Ventura, Jackie Huang and Meredith Anderson were the top three in the Individual All Around (combined 3-3-3, 3-6-3 and the Cycle).
William Orrell was in the top three in the 3-3-3, 3-6-3 and the Cycle for the Male Individual Overall Results. In the 3-3-3, he was joined by Chandler Miller (1st) and Josh Hainsel (2nd). In the 3-6-3 and Cycle, William Polly finished with a silver and Josh Hainsel ended up with a bronze. Madeleine Ventura dominated the female division with a gold in the Cycle, and a silver in the 3-3-3 and the 3-6-3. Jackie Huang grabbed the gold in the 3-3-3 and Joey Cooksey took home the bronze. In the 3-6-3, Melissa Gomez went home with gold and Jaime Si finished in third place. Meredith Anderson finished second in the Cycle and Ashley Limberg edged out Jackie Huang for the bronze.
In the doubles competition, Dominic Valerian and William Polly from the US walked away with the gold. Mike Mccoy and Aaron Shultz went home with the silver and Andrew Dale and Trey Griffith took home the bronze. In the time 3-6-3 relay, Catch Me If You Can claimed the gold. Quick Precision was just short and took home the silver and Fantastic Four earned the bronze.
Thank you to everyone for coming out and we hope you had a great time competing and watching the Sport Stacking competition!
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