RIO DE JANEIRO — Omaha native Lexi Zeiss earned silver in the senior women’s individual all-around competition at the 2022 Pan American Gymnastics Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
She recorded an all-around competition score of 54.199 — the highest among the U.S. — and won bronze in the beam event.
Fellow American Skye Blakely earned bronze in all-around with a score of 52.933.
Zeiss originally held the lead in the all-around and beam prior to the start of subdivision four, where Brazil’s Flávia Saraiva scored 1.200 points higher than Zeiss to claim gold in the all-around. Saraiva and Rebeca Andrade, also of Brazil, won gold and silver, respectively, in the beam to pass Zeiss.
Collectively, the U.S. finished second with a score 160.466 and advanced to the team final. The score also qualifies them for the 2022 World Championships in the United Kingdom.
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Zeiss qualified for the Pan American Championships after finishing second in the U.S. qualification trials held in Katy, Texas, from July 4-5.
Zeiss attended Westside Community Schools for several years before moving to Minnesota to train with Twin City Twisters, which produced 2020 Tokyo silver medalist Grace McCallum.
The 16-year-old has previously competed in several national competitions, including the 2021 U.S. Classic and Nastia Liukin Cup, where she finished fourth in the all-around. She has also qualified to compete in the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Tampa, Florida, this August.