July 6, 1999
Palma de Mallorca, Spain - In her first-ever international competition for Team USA, UCLA senior Heidi Moneymaker (Santa Rosa, CA) concluded an impressive showing at the World University Games by placing seventh on beam and eighth on bars at the individual event finals.
Competing against some of the world's best, including defending World all-around champion Svetlana Khorkina and several other 1996 Olympians, Moneymaker scored an 8.575 on beam to place seventh, ahead of all-around bronze medalist Xuan Liu. Elena Produnova, the all-around bronze medalist at the last World Championships, won the balance beam gold with a score of 9.7.
On bars, where Moneymaker won the NCAA Championship in 1998, she placed eighth with a score of 8.75. Khorkina won one of her four gold medals at the Games with a score of 9.8.
Moneymaker was the top U.S. performer at the Games, placing 16th in the all-around competition Monday and leading the team to a fifth place finish with a 37.037 all-around score at the team finals Saturday. The 1999 NCAA Region 1 Gymnast of the Year and seven-time All-American was the only American gymnast to compete on two different apparatus at the event finals.
Moneymaker, who has yet to compete in a national championship, let alone an Olympic or World event like most of the medalists, said the competition "was definitely harder than I expected, but I was happy about it."
The gymnastics competition at the Games utilized FIG rules, which employs a stricter code of points than the NCAA. The stricter code hurt the Americans, who had lower start values in their routines.
1999 World University Games - Gymnastics Event Finals Women's vault 1. Elena Produnova (Russia) 9.562 2. Arasay Jova (Cuba) 9.552 3. Elena Dolgopolova (Russia) 9.500 4. Denisse Lopez (Mexico) 9.412 5. Viktoriya Karpenko (Ukraine) 9.337 6. Yureisis Bermudez (Cuba) 9.325 7. Heather Brink (U.S.) 9.262 8. Inha Shkarupa (Ukraine) 9.112
Women's uneven bars 1. Svetlana Khorkina (Russia) 9.800 2. Olga Teslenko (Ukraine) 9.750 3. Viktoriya Karpenko (Ukraine) 9.700 4. Xuan Liu (China) 9.650 5. Wenjing Bi (China) 9.650 6. Risa Sugawara (Japan) 9.475 7. Yulia Korosteleva (Russia) 8.775 8. Heidi Moneymaker (U.S.) 8.750
Women's beam 1. Elena Produnova (Russia) 9.700 2. Inna Poklonskaia (Belarus) 9.575 3. Wenjing Bi (China) 9.450 4. Svetlana Khorkina (Russia) 9.225 5. Tateiana Zharhanava (Belarus)8.900 6. Jennifer Smith (Australia) 8.850 7. Heidi Moneymaker (U.S.) 8.575 8. Xuan Liu (China) 8.050
Women's floor exercise 1. Svetlana Khorkina (Russia) 9.775 2. Aliona Palazkova (Belarus) 9.625 3. Halyna Tyryk (Ukraine) 9.575 4. Elena Dolgopolova (Russia) 9.400 5. Olga Teslenko (Ukraine) 9.050 6. Ayako Kitamura (Japan) 9.000