September 14, 2002 -- Devon Maitozo of Acton,
CA won the Individual Bronze Medal in the Men's division of Vaulting
with a score of 8.612, on Saturday at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. Matthias Lang of France won the Gold Medal
with a score of 8.973, and Germany's Gero Meyer took the Silver with a
score of 8.771.
The U.S. team, Free Artists Creative Equestrians (FACE) of Moorpark, CA,
finished in fifth place out of fourteen teams with a score of 7.599.
Germany won the Gold Medal with a score of 8.199. The silver went to
Switzerland with a score of 8.042 and Sweden put in a Bronze Medal
performance with a score of 7.821.
The best U.S. finisher in the Women's division was Pamela Geisler of
Diamond Bar, CA who finished in eighth position with a score of 8.209,
after temporarily dropping down to tenth in the compulsories earlier in
U.S. Chef d' Equipe Emma Drinker was extremely pleased with the
performances of all the U.S. athletes.
"The team really stepped up to the plate," said Drinker. "Some of them
were sick and still were able to perform well enough to keep them in
fifth. This is a young team with not a lot of international experience,
yet they did the United States Equestrian Team (USET) proud against the
Drinker also praised the individual competitors for their inspiring
"Devon was fabulous," said Drinker. "He was such a showman and had so
much creativity. Pam did so well in the Freestyle that she was able to
move up a few places, which was very difficult to do."
Other U.S. placings included: Samantha Smith of Saratoga, CA who was
fifteenth in the Individual Women's division, and Eric Martonovich of
Golden, CO who also finished fifteenth in the Individual Men's Division.
For comprehensive coverage the 2002 World Equestrian Games, please visit
the United States Equestrian Team's website at www.uset.org.
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selects, trains, equips and finances equestrians of the highest possible
standard to represent our country in major international competition,
including the Olympic Games and the World Championships. To accomplish
this, the USET seeks out and nurtures the development of talented
athletes - riders, drivers, vaulters and horses - and provides the
support and guidance they need to help them attain their fullest
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