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APRIL10 - RHYTHMIC: CANADA'S BEZZOUBENKO LEADS AFTER TWO APPARATUS

Photos are up from the first day of rhythmic competition, where individual seniors and juniors competed in the ball and hoop apparatus. Canada's Patricia Bezzoubenko currently leads the field, posting the top scores on both apparatus.

Video from today's competition is already archived for on-demand viewing at Viasport. Live streaming continues tomorrow with commentary from Camille Martens and Kyle Shewfelt.

Links: Results | Gymn.ca: Photos




APRIL10 - CANADIAN MEN CLAIM BRONZE AT PACIFIC RIM

Not to be outdone by their female counterparts, the US men also took home gold tonight in the team competition tonight. Japan remained in silver position throughout the meet, with Canada edging out China in the sixth and final rotation to grab bronze (too many falls for China, and excellent vaulting from Canada).

"Our goal for the team was to finish in the top six, so this was a big surprise to finish third," said junior Ryan Oehrlein told Gymnastics Canada.

John Orozco (USA) won the senior men's AA, his first major international win in some time. Orozco struggled at the 2012 Olympics, and regaining his competitive edge has been difficult. No more!

Winning the all-around is always a great accomplishment," Orozco told USAG. "There are a lot of good guys here from the other countries. I was not extremely happy with some of my performances, but we did well as a team. I didn't know some of the juniors before this meet, but they did a great job, and we pulled together as a team."

Japan's Toshiya Ikejiri and Yuto Murakami finished second and third, respectively. Canada's top all-arounder was Hugh Smith, who finished 9th.

Japan's Kakeru Tanigawa easily topped the field in the junior division, both in his gymnastics and personality. He finished over two points ahead of Americans Marty Strech and Alex Yoder, who tied for silver. Kakeru was all smiles throughout the meet, greeting everyone he passed. Rene Cournoyer was Canada's top placing junior, finishing 6th.

Video from today's competition is already archived for on-demand viewing at Viasport. As well, be sure to check out competition videos at Gymn.ca's YouTube channel. Thanks to Catherine Tracy for filming during competition!

Live streaming continues today with the junior apparatus finals at the Richmond Olympic Oval. As much as possible, organizers will try to alternate between male and female routines, so audiences can watch all routines individually. There is an audio option, which allows you to listen to colour commentary from Kyle Shewfelt.

Links: Results |

Men's Podium Training photos


APRIL 10 - NEW PHOTOS FROM PACIFIC RIM

Women's Team/AA - Canada

Women's Team/AA - Other countries

Women's day 2 Podium & Men's Podium - Canada

Women's day 2 Podium & Men's Podium - Other countries


APRIL 9 - CANADA CLAIMS SILVER AT PACIFIC RIM

The USA handily won today's team competition, and top all-around spots. The real competition was between Canada and China for silver. Canada opened on bars, to take the lead over China after rotation 1. China regained ground on vault and bars, heading into the fourth rotation in silver medal position. Thanks to strong vaults from Ellie Black and Aleeza Yu, who sports a new DTY, Canada easily edged China for silver.

USA went 1-2 in both senior and junior all-around standings. Elizabeth Price took top honours with Kyla Ross finishing second. Ellie Black rounded out the podium in third position, her strongest events of the day being vault and beam. She earned the highest beam score of the night, and will advance to finals on that plus the other three apparatus.

Aleeza Yu finished 5th AA and advances to two apparatus finals (beam and floor). Canada's third senior, Maegan Chant qualified to vault final.

"We came in to represent Canada as a team and the girls were great," Black told the organizers. “Competing in such a huge meet, I think was such a great experience for everyone, and coming third in the all-around was amazing for me."

Bailey Key of the USA took gold in the junior women's AA, with teammate Nia Dennis finishing second. Their third gymnast, Norah Flatley, finished with the third highest score but due to 2-per-country was forced off the podium. Bronze was awarded to China's Luo Huan. Top for Canada was Rose-Kaying Woo, who placed 6th. Shallon Olsen finished 7th, and Megan Roberts in 11th.

Video from today's competition is already archived for on-demand viewing at Viasport. As well, be sure to check out competition videos at Gymn.ca's YouTube channel. Thanks to Catherine Tracy for filming during competition!

Live streaming continues today with the men's team/AA competition at the Richmond Olympic Oval. You can choose to follow your team around, pick just an apparatus, or if bandwidth allows, queue up your screen for all four feeds (WAG) or 6 feeds (MAG), or even add rhythmic and trampoline cameras, too!

There is an audio option, which allows you to listen to colour commentary from Kyle Shewfelt during select sessions (for day 1 of men's competition, only for the second of two men's subdivisions).

Live stream!

Links: Results


APRIL 9 - LIVE STREAMING FROM PACIFIC RIM BEGINS TODAY!

Live streaming begins today, at the Richmond Olympic Oval, site of the 2014 Pacific Rim Championships. There is a (stationary) camera dedicated for each event for all disciplines (WAG, MAG, RG, and Trampoline). You can choose to follow your team around, pick just an apparatus, or if bandwidth allows, queue up your screen for all four feeds (WAG) or 6 feeds (MAG), or even add rhythmic and trampoline cameras, too!

There is an audio option, which allows you to listen to colour commentary from Kyle Shewfelt during select sessions (for day 1 of competition, only on the 3rd of three women's subdivisions).

Live stream!

As well, be sure to check out videos from podium training at Gymn.ca's YouTube channel


APRIL 7 - PACIFIC RIM CHAMPIONSHIPS OPENS WITH WOMEN'S DAY 1 PODIUM TRAINING

Photos now available!

Women's day 1 podium training: Sub 1 (AUS et al.)

Women's day 1 podium training: Sub 2 (JPN, NZL et al.)

Women's day 1 podium training: Sub 3 (USA, CAN, CHN et al.)

Video is (slowly!) uploading to Gymn.ca's YouTube channel


APRIL 5 - MOORS 4TH AT TOKYO WORLD CUP

Victoria Moors finished 4th all-around at today's World Cup, the last of the current series.


APRIL 2 - SHEWFELT TO BE INDUCTED INTO OLYMPIC HALL OF FAME

Three time Olympian - and Olympic gold medalist on floor in Athens, Greece in 2004 - Kyle Shewfelt will be inducted into Canada's Olympic Hall of Fame this year. Other athletes also being inducted are speed skater Cindy Klassen and the 2008 Canadian men's rowing team. On that rowing team was Malcolm Howard, husband to former rhythmic gymnast Erika-Leigh Stirton (now Erika Howard)!

Congratulations Kyle!


APRIL 1 - 16 LESSONS WITH VICTORIA MOORS

The Couch Gymnast deems Victoria Moors a "Twitter life muse and coach."


MARCH 31 - EDMONTON HOPING TO HOST 2022 COMMONWEALTH GAMES

The City of Edmonton is looking to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Completed bids are due to the Federation by March 2015 with the Games being awarded in September 2015. Also in contention for these Games is Durban, South Africa.

"Hosting the games in 2022 will demonstrate to the world how much Edmonton has evolved and reflect the Commonwealth Games Federation's confidence in our city," Mayor Don Iveson told CBC News.

The Commonwealth Games take place every four years, in between the Summer Olympics. This year, Glasgow plays host to the Games. In 2018, Australia's Gold Coast plays host.

The Commonwealth Games are not new to Edmonton: They hosted the 1978 competition, in which Canada's gymnasts dominated. Today, more than than 70 countries with 4,000 athletes participate in the games.

Link: CBC News


MARCH 30 - WOO LEAVES JUNIOR PAN AMS AS CANADA'S MOST DECOATED

Rose-Kaying Woo tied for gold today on bars at the Junior Pan Am Games, being held in Aracuju, Brazil. She also medaled on beam (2nd) and floor (3rd), and placed fourth on vault.

Shallon Olsen brought home silver. Also competing today were Megan Roberts, who finished fourth on bars, and Sydney Townsend, who notched a 4th place finish on beam.

In the men's competition, Rene Cournoyer topped the field on floor and took home silver on vault. He also finished 7th on p-bars. Justin Karstadt finished 6th on both floor and rings, but medalled on pommel horse (silver). Sam Zakutney finished 6th on pommel horse, 7th on vault, and 8th on rings. Anthony Tawfik tied for 6th on high bar.

Links: Women's EF | Men's EF


MARCH 29 - CANADA WINS JUNIOR PAN AMS

Team Canada won the gold medal at this weekend's Junior Pan Am Games, besting host country Brazil and Mexico. Top scorer was Rose-Kaying Woo, who placed third overall. The remaining three followed quick in behind: Megan Roberts finished 4th AA, Sydney Townsend 5th AA and Shallon Olsen 6th AA. Born in 1999, Townsend's finish also qualified Canada a spot at the upcoming 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

Canada's junior men's team won bronze, behind the USA and Brazil. They were represented by Sam Zakutney, Justin Karstadt, Anthony Tawfik, and Rene Cournoyer. Top finisher was Justin Karstadt, in fouth place. Cournoyer earned the Youth Olympic Games berth for Canada on the men's side.

Woo advances to all four appartus finals, with Roberts competing bars, Townsend on beam and Olsen on vault and floor.

You can bet that every one of these athletes hopes to return to Brazil for Rio 2016!

Links: Men's Team | Men's All-Around | Women's Team | Women's All-Around | Women's EF Qualifications | GCG profile on Zakutney


MARCH 28 - ONYSHKO WINS BRONZE AT FIRST WORLD CUP

Isabela Onyshko won bronze on floor, in her World Cup appearance, in Doha, Qatar. A pair of Romanian Olympians, Larisa Iordache and Diane Bulimar, took gold and silver, respectively. 

Doha is the frontrunner to host the 2018 World Championships.

Link: Full Results


MARCH 22 - SMITH WINS U OF C INTL CUP

Reigning National Champ Hugh Smith won this year's University of Calgary International Cup. Evan Cruz placed second, with Bobby Kriangkum (trains in Canada but represents Thailand) placing third.

Smith picked up a second gold in the apparatus finals, on vault. Scott Morgan won floor and rings, Kevin Lytwyn won parallel bars and high bar, Anderson Loran won pommel horse.

Links: Men's AA | Men's EF


MARCH 16 - VACULIK PLACES 5TH ON BARS AT COTTBUS

NatalieVaculik earned Canada's top placement at this weekend's Cottbus Cup, finishing 5th on bars. She also placed 8th on beam. Gemini Gymnastics teammate Aleeza Yu qualified to three finals, and was in medal contention on beam after qualifications. Unfortunately, she finished 7th on all three events.

Link: Results


MARCH 1 - MOORS 4TH AT AMERICAN CUP

Victoria Moors finished fourth at the 2014 American Cup in Greensboro, NC today. Elizabeth Price (USA) won the meet, followed by Brenna Dowell (USA) and Guilia Steingruber (SUI). Moors' hights scores came on beam (2nd highest) and floor (3rd highest).

Results
Videos: Vault | Bars | Beam | Floor


FEBRUARY 9 - MOORS AND WOO TAKE ELITE CANADA AA TITLES

Victoria Moors won the senior AA title at this weekend's Elite Canada. Aleeza Yu placed second, and Ellie Black third. The apparatus saw four different winners: Maegan Chant on vault, Natalie Vaculik on bars, Ellie Black on beam, and Aleeza Yu on floor.

In the junior category, Rose-Kaying Woo took top honors with Shallon Olsen placing 2nd and Audrey Rosseau third. In the apparatus finals, Woo took the titles on bars and beam with Olsen claiming victory on vault and floor.

Following the conclusion of the competition, the teams for the upcoming Pacific Rim competition April 9-12 in Vancouver were named:

Senior women:
Aleeza Yu
Ellie Black
Maegan Chant

Junior women:
Rose-Kaying Woo
Shallon Olsen
MegMegan Roberts

Victoria Moors will instead be competing at the Tokyo World Cup, in Japan. Tokyo is the host city of the 2020 Olympic Games.

Results: href="http://gym-score-depot.ca/elite_canada_2014/F_Senior_AA.pdf"> Senior Women's AA | Senior Women's EF | Junior Women's AA | Junior Women's EF


FEBRUARY 4 - PERFECT BALANCE EPISODE 2

There is a campaign underway to raise funds for Episode 3!


JANUARY 9 - MOORS NAMED TO AMERICAN CUP

USA Gymnastics announced the roster for the 2014 American Cup today, and Victoria Moors is among the 8 women competing. This will be the third appearance at an American Cup for Moors, who placed third all-around at last year's event.

  • Victoria Moors
  • Carlotta Ferlito
  • Vanessa Ferrari
  • Larisa Iordache Sophie Scheder
  • Roxana Popa
  • Giulia Steingruber
  • Simone Biles Elizabeth Price
  • Kyla Ross Breanna Dowell

The competition takes place March 1, 2014 and will be televised LIVE on Universal Sports and NBC.


DECEMBER 18 - PERFECT BALANCE EPISODE 1

Available today! Features trong>Sydney Townsend and her coaches Aaron and Angela Brokenshire.


DECEMBER 15 - MOORS A DOUBLE GOLD MEDALIST IN TOKYO

Victoria Moors unveiled a new floor routine this wekeend at the Tokyo Cup, and took gold on the event for her efforts! She also won silver on beam the same day, and gold on bars the day prior.

Canada fielded a large contingent of men:
Ken Ikeda placed 5th on pommels and 6th on high bar.
Robert Watson placed 6th on floor and 10th on rings and p-bars.
Zach Clay 12th on floor, 10th on pommels, 11th on vault and p-bars
Steve Chaplin placed 9th on high bar and 12th on rings.

Video: Moors' new FX
Results: Women's Day 1 | Men's Day 1 | Men's and Women's Day 2

DECEMBER 1 - TSANG FINISHES 8TH AT DTB CUP

 

Canada's Briannah Tsang finished 8th at the DTB Cup World Cup today. Elizabeth Price (USA) topped the 8-women field, with Larissa Iordache (ROM) taking silver. Vanessa Ferrari (ITA) took bronze, rounding out the podium.

Link: Results


NOVEMBER 30 - GILL AND STUART COMPETE AT MEXICAN OPEN

Sabrina Gill and Josh Stuart competed at the Mexican Open, placing 10th and 11th, respectively

Women's All-AroundTotal
1. Roxana Popa 57.350
--. *Maggie Nichols 57.300
2. Peyton Ernst 57.150
3. Oksana Chusovitina 55.800
4. Yevgenia Shelgunova 54.750
5. Angelina Kysla 53.700
6. Francesca Deagostini 52.700
7. Amaranta Torres 51.400
8. Zeng Siqi 50.750
9. Mariana Valentin 50.700
10. Sabrina Gill 50.200

 ** All-around exhibition only, scores counted for mixed-pairs event  


Men's All-AroundTotal
1. Jossimar Calvo 90.500
2. Nikita Ignatyev 87.950
3. Koji Uematsu 87.050
4. Zhang Yang 86.300
5. Josh Dixon 85.250
6. Ruben L� 84.350
7. Vlad Cotuna 84.300
8. Francisco Barreto 83.250
8. Yevgen Yudenkov 83.250
10. Ludovico Edalli 81.900
11. Joshua Stuart 79.400
12. Kevin Cerda 77.850


NOVEMBER 29 - CANADA FINISHES

Team Canada finished fifth in qualifications at the DTB Cup today, one berth shy of advancing to the team final.

Women's Team Competition VT UB BB FX Total
1. China 27.850 30.000 27.400 26.650 111.900
2. Germany 28.050 29.200 27.450 27.150 111.850
3. Russia 27.700 28.300 27.300 25.100 108.400
4. Switzerland 26.950 24.900 26.200 26.100 104.150
5. Canada 27.650 24.050 26.150 25.550 103.400
Casey Carvalho 13.600 12.000 12.950 12.750
Stefanie Merkle 13.700 11.650 13.200 12.800
Jordyn Pederson 12.050 11.650
Briannah Tsang 13.950 111.800

Competition continues Sunday for Briannah Tsang, who competes in the World Cup portion of the competition.

Video: Merkle BB | Merkle UB | Carvalho BB | Carvalho UB


NOVEMBER 16 - VK WOO MEDALS AT FINAL DAY OF MASSILIA

Victoria Kayen Woo brought home Canada's only medal in today's apparatus finals, at the Massilia competition in France. She earned bronze on bars, an event won by France's Louise Vanhille with Russia's Ekaterina Kramarenko taking bronze.

Natalie Vaculik placed fourth on beam and fifth on bars. Shallon Olsen placed fourth on vault.

Vault
1. Alla Sosnitskaya (RUS) 14.700 / D 5.6 & 5.8
2. Larisa Iordache (ROU) 14.650 / D 5.0 & 5.8
3. Ellie Downie (GBR) 14.600 / D 5.8 & 5.0
4. Shallon Olsen (CAN) 14.500 /D 5.0 &  5.8
5. Anamaria Ocolisan (ROU) 14.267 / D 5.0 &  5.8
6. Kelly Simm (GBR) 14.233 / D 5.8 &  5.0
7. Alicia Boren (USA All Star) 14.133 / 5.3 & 5.0

Bars
1. Louise Vanhille (FRA) 14.067 / D 5.6
2. Ekaterina Kramarenko (RUS) 14.067 / D 5.8
3. Victoria Kayen Woo (CAN) 13.533 / D 5.3
4. Ellie Downie (GBR) 13.000 / D 4.7
5. Natalie Vakulik (CAN) 12.533 / D 5.5
6. Anna Rodionova (RUS) 12.233 / D 5.7

Beam
1. Larisa Iordache (ROU) 15.633 / D 6.9
2. Andreea Munteanu (ROU) 15.000 /D 6.4
3. Evegeniya Shelgunova (RUS) 13.533 / D 6.0
4. Natalie Vakulik (CAN) 13.500 / D 5.5
5. Claire Martin (FRA) 13.400 / D 5.8
6. Ekaterina Kramarenko (RUS) 11.333 / D 5.2

Floor
1. Larisa Iordache (ROU) 15.000 / D ?
2. Andreea Munteanu (ROU) 14.267 / D 5.7
3. Ellie Downie (GBR) 13.700 / D 5.5
4. Alla Sosnitskaya (RUS) 13.267 / D 5.6
5. Claudia Fragapane (GBR) 13.067 / D 5.7
6. Valentine Sabatou (FRA) 12.567 / 4.9

Videos likely available on http://www.youtube.com/user/piibunina


NOVEMBER 16 - VACULIK LEADS CANADIANS AT MASTER MASSILIA

For the second day in a row, Natalie Vaculik led the Canadian entrants in France. In today's Masters Massilia, Vaculik placed sixth. The event was won by Romania's Larissa Iordache, with teammate Andreea Munteanu claiming silver and bronze going to Russia's Ekaterina Kramarenko.

Sabrina Gill placed 11th, followed by Shallon Olsen (14th) and Victoria Kayen Woo (15th).

Qualified to apparatus finals are Shallon Olsen (vault), Natalie Vaculik (Bars, Beam), and VK Woo (Bars). Gill is first reserve for bars and Woo is second reserve for beam.


NOVEMBER 15 - CANADA TAKES SILVER AT OPEN MASSILIA

Team Canada took silver at today's Open Massilia, with Natalie Vaculik leading the pack and finishing second all-around. Her teammates included Sabrina Gill (9th AA), Mariana Colussi-Pelaesz (14th AA), and Sydney Townsend (24th AA).

Team Canada - Gym Richeliu placed 12th, led by Kirsten Petermen who finished 6th individually.

Team
1. BEL 1 156.675
2. CAN Open 156.500
3. FRA Open 1 155.350

Full results http://elite-gym-massilia.com/massil...b18965429e8e4a

Open Massilia AA:
1. Fransolet BEL 53.525
2. Vaculik CAN 52.500
3. Larsson SWE 52.275

Full results http://elite-gym-massilia.com/massil...b18965429e8e4a

Sabrina Gill on bars (13.9):

More Videos: Mariana Colussi-Pelaez Bars | Victoria Kayen Woo V | Sabrina Gill V


NOVEMBER 14: IG INTERVIEWS SABRINA GILL

In today's interview with International Gymnast magazine, Gill hints to some new skills we'll see her compete at the upcoming Mexican Open!


NOVEMBER 11 - PODCAST FEATURING JESSICA TUDOS

Jessica Tudos, member of Canada's 1984 Olympic gymnastics team, appears on this week's Kwong Dore Podcast.

Jessica Tudos is an Olympic gymnast turned educator, entrepreneur, motivational speaker and Kika Creative Director. She has turned her experiences in gymnastics into the children's story Kika the Upside Down Girl. With a Kickstarter campaign just completed to publish the book, Jessica is ready to share this story with the world. The story revolves around the determined Kika, who seeks out others that embrace her passion for somersaults, vaults and flips. Kika�s passion leads her to The Gymnastics Emporium, a magical upside down place. For any child who has ever felt slightly �upside down� in a right side up world, Kika the Upside Down Girl will inspire them to find and cultivate their special talent in unique and adventurous ways, despite the pressure they may feel to conform. Paul spoke to Jessica about her experiences representing Canada at the 1984 Olympic Games, her life after gymnastics, the Kickstarter campaign behind the publishing of the book and what's next for Kika.

Listen to the Podcast | www.jessicatudos.com | Pre-Order the Book


NOVEMBER 4 - LEE MAINTAINS POSITIVE ATTITUDE DESPITE DEVASTATING NEWS

Peng Peng Lee undergoes ACL revision surgery tomorrow, so miss another NCAA season. She sat out her Freshman year of competition, last year, rehabbing the ACL torn leading up to the 2012 Canadian National Championships. The initial surgery apparently did not work properly, so she'll undergo another surgery tomorrow.

"I had my moment of being really upset because I was super-excited about the season. I sat out last season and, watching all the girls, I just wanted to get out there and compete," Lee told UCLA. "But stuff happens, and sometimes it's uncontrollable. People go through adversities, but I know I can come back, and I'm not worried about what is going to happen with my gymnastics."

"I'm still thinking about doing another four years and going to an Olympic Games, so I don't think people should lose hope because I'm not losing hope," she continued. "I still have faith in everything I do, and after this surgery, I'm going to be that much stronger and have that much more of an edge over those who aren't mentally as strong. When people go through tough times and they have to go through a lot they just come out a better person."

"It's just another bump in the road," she assured. "Injuries are unfortunately a part of gymnastics, but I wouldn't be doing it unless I loved it. And because I love it, I'm just going to come back as strong as ever. Don't underestimate the power of my mind!"


NOVEMBER 3 - REMEMBERING LAST MONTH'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

   

Link: 2013 World Championships


NOVEMBER 3 - LYTWYN AND CHANT TEAM UP AT SWISS CUP

Mixed Pairs team of Kevin Lytwyn and Maegan Chant finish 5th at Swiss Cup.

1. Romania (Iordache & Muntean) 88.550 / 30.350
2. Germany (Seitz & Hambuchen) 87.850 / 29.900
3. Switzerland 1 (Steingruber & Capelli) 88.050 / 29.900
4. Ukraine (Kysla & Verniaeiv) 84.875 / 28.975
5. Canada (Chant & Lytwyn) 84.025
6. Italy (Gandolfi & Principi) 83.900
7. Great Britain (Theaker & Beckford) 82.050
8. Switzerland 2 (Kaeslin & Hegi) 82.050
9. China (Chungsong & Chenglong) 54.850
10. France (Cormoreche & Willig) 53.800

Watch Lytwyn on rings and Chant on floor, an event on which she won bronze earlier this week at the Arthur Gander Memorial.

 
More Videos: Lytwyn HB | Chant BB | Chant V


NOVEMBER 2 - PENG PENG LEE PRACTICES FOR NCAA FLOOR ROUTINE

A teaser for what's to come this upcoming NCAA season!

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151978382309311&set=vb.94952494310&type=2&theater


NOVEMBER 1 - TEAM SET FOR MASSILIA TROPHEE

Representing Canada will be Kaitlyn Hofland, Victoria Kayen Woo, Brianna Clark, and Isabela Onyshko.


OCTOBER 30 - CHANT FINISHES 7TH AT ARTHUR GANDER MEMORIAL

Maegan Chant finished 7th all-around at this year's Arthur Gander Memorial, a Swiss competition where the women compete on their three best piece of apparatus. Chant competed vault, beam and floor choosing to sit out bars. The podium was dominated by Larissa Iordache (ROM), Giulia Steingruber (SWI), and Elisabeth Seitz (GER).

Kevin Lytwyn also competed, finishing 11th, having struggled on floor. In the men's competition, they compete four of six apparatus.

Both gymnasts compete this coming weekend, in the Swiss Cup, which is a Mixed Pairs event.

  


OCTOBER 26 - TAYLOR LINDSEY-NOEL TALKS ABOUT HER SPINAL INJURY

Coach Rick linked to this piece, where 2012 Olympic hopeful Taylor Lindsey-Noel talks about the injury in 2008 that left her partially paralyzed. He provides some colour, adding that she under-rotated a toe-on double front dismount from bars. It was a new skill for her, done without a pit.


OCTOBER 25 - MOORS TALKS ABOUT "THE MOORS" WITH CBC RADIO

Victoria Moors speaks with CBC Radio about her the new move, which was named after her after successfully performing it at the recent 2013 World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium.

"It was just amazing! I was so happy, and so proud of myself for finally landing it," Moors told CBC. "The first day [qualification round] didn't go as planned, but the second day [all-around final] landing it made it more sweet."The Moors was evaluated with an "I" difficulty, the first "I" in the women's Code of Point!



Listen to the podcast: http://www.cbc.ca/player/Radio/As+It+Happens/Episodes/ID/2414454632/


OCTOBER 20 - MONTREAL BIDDING FOR 2017 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

According to International Gymnast magazine, Montreal is among four hosts bidding for the 2017 World Championships. Others include Mexico, USA, and Qatar.

The 2014 World Championships will be held in Nanning, China with the 2015 World Championships slated for Glasgow, Scotland. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil hosts the 2016 Olympics.


OCTOBER 12 - TV ALERT: WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Tune in today and tomorrow for NBC's broadcast of the 2013 World Championships from Antwerp, Belgium.

CBC's coverage airs next weekend, October 19, featuring commentary from Kyle Shewfelt and Lori Strong.


OCTOBER 6 - BLACK 8TH ON FLOOR

Ellie Black in competed in the floor final today in Antwerp, at the 2013 World Championships. She finished 8th. It was her second final at this level of competition, having competed in the Olympic vault final last year.

Black's plan is to home now and work on new skills!

Results: Floor final
Interviews: Ellie Black | Coach David Kikuchi


OCTOBER 5 - MORGAN 8TH ON FLOOR

Scott Morgan placed 8th today in the floor final, at the 2013 World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium. "It felt amazing, I couldn't keep the smile from my face," Morgan told Gymnastics Canada.

Results: Floor final


OCTOBER 4 - MOORS 10TH, BLACK 13TH AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Fantastic results from Antwerp today, at the 2013 World Championships. rong>Victoria Moors placed tenth all-around, the best finish in that event for any woman at World or Olympic competition. Moreover, Moors successfully landed the layout double-double on floor. It will now be included in the Code of Points (COP) as the Moors.

Ellie Black also had a successful outing today, placing 13th. She'd placed 10th in qualifications, two days prior.

Competition comes tomorrow with Scott Morgan in floor finals and Sunday with Black on floor finals.

Results: AA final
Interviews: Ellie Black | Victoria Moors


OCTOBER 2 - BLACK AND MOORS QUALIFY TO FINALS

Qualifications came to a close today in Antwerp, at the 2013 World Championships. Veteran Olympians Ellie Black and Victoria Moors both qualified to the all-around final, Black finishing 10th and Moors 15th. Black also qualified to the floor final, and is the first reserve on vault. Moors debuted the much anticipated layout double-double, but landed it to her knees. Heartache for Moors, who not only failed in the attempt to get the skill named after her but also kept her qualifying to the floor finals. The all-around competition affords Moors a second chance to successfully land the flloor skill, which will then be entered into the FIG Code of Points as The Moors.

Also competing were Maegan Chant and Kaitlyn Hofland. Hofland competed bars (41st) and beam (20th), with Chant competing vault (71st) and floor (22nd)

Results: AA standings | Vault | Bars | Beam | Floor
Interviews: Ellie Black | Victoria Moors
Video: Black V | Black UB | Black BB | Black FX | Moors V | Moors UB | Moors BB | Moors FX | Chant FX | Chant V | Hofland UB | Hofland BB


OCTOBER 2 - CBC TO AIR 2013 WORLDS OCTOBER 19

Always check your local listings to confirm!


OCTOBER 1 - SCOTT MORGAN QUALIFIES TO FLOOR FINAL

With the last men competing their qualification exercises this morning, today Scott Morgan learned that his score from yesterday session withstood the competition; Morgan is on his way to the floor finals at the 2013 World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium! He qualified in 7th position. This is the first time that a Canadian male has qualified to a final at World Championship or Olympic competition since 2006, when Kyle Shewfelt advanced to the final on the same apparatus and won bronze.

Morgan also competed on Rings (50th) and vault (30th or 19th based on 2-vault qualification attempt). Also representing Canada at these Worlds were:

Ken Ikeda - PH (40th), PB (140th - dislocated finger)
Anderson Loren - HB (26th)
Kevin Lytwyn - FX (17th), R (29th), HB (105th)

 Only Morgan advances to a final, floor on Sunday.

Stay tuned to your local listings for tape delayed coverage of these World Championships on CBC. October air date TBD!


SEPTEMBER 29 - CANADIANS AT PODIUM TRAINING

Victoria Moors has reverted back to her previous floor routine, as it allows her to compete more tumbling passes:

 
Ellie Black on beam:
   


SEPTEMBER 29 -BLACK READY FOR ANTWERP WORLDS

"I am feeling good," Ellie Black told the Herald Chronicle from London earlier this week, where team Canada had been acclimatizing to local time prior to arriving in Antwerp.

"As always my main goal is to approach the competition with a positive attitude, do my best and enjoy the fantastic experience. I would like to compete for Canada in the all-around competition and land my vaults successfully."


SEPTEMBER 27 - UPDATED WORLDS ROSTER

The FIG released an updated roster today, for the upcoming World Championships.

Women's:
Ellie Black - All-around
Maegan Chant - V, FX
Kaitlyn Hofland - UB, BB
Victoria Moors - UB, BB, FX. (Update: Moors now to compete vault, too!)

Men's:
Ken Ikeda - PB, PH
Anderson Loren - All-around
Kevin Lytwyn - FX, R, HB
Scott Morgan - FX, R, V

Link: WAG Roster | MAG Roster


SEPTEMBER 26 - MOORS SUBMITS DOUBLE-DOUBLE LAYOUT

Exciting news coming out of Antwerp today, site of the 2013 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. Victoria Moors has submitted the Double-double layout to the FIG. If performed satisfactory, the skill will be named the Moors in the Code of Points. At the Pan Am Championships held earlier this year, it received a provisional "I" rating (0.9 points). The high skill valuation affords Moors an extra 90 seconds of one-touch warm-up, to boot!

Grace Chiu provided a video of Moors training the skill in Antwerp. Gymnastike, too:


SEPTEMBER 25 - GETTING TO KNOW CANADA'S TEAMS FOR WORLDS

 


SEPTEMBER 23 - INT'L JAPAN JUNIOR WRAPS UP

Competition finished today in Yokohama, Japan with the apparatus finals. Aleeza Yu competed in three of four apparatus, finishing seventh on vault and eighth on both beam and floor. In the junior men's competition, Rene Cournoyer placed eighth on vault.

Results: http://www.jpn-gym.or.jp/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/13a_ij_f.pdf


SEPTEMBER 22 - YU FINISHES FOURTH AT INT'L JAPAN JUNIOR

Aleeza Yu finished fourth at today's International Japan Junior, the most prestigious junior competition. The USA's Bailie Key finished first, posting a 58.400. Second went to China's Wang Yan, well behind with 56.900. Laurie Hernandez rounded out the podium, bringing home a second medal for the USA (56.750). Yu's fourth place score was 55.800. Yu is coached by Elena Davydova.

Junior AA
1 Bailie Key (USA) 58.400 (VT 15.050, UB 14.350, BB 14.000, FX 15.000)
2 Wang Yan (CHN) 56.900 (14.950, 13.700, 14.700, 13.550)
3 Lauren Hernandez (USA) 56.750 (14.700, 12.900, 14.550, 14.600)
4 Aleeza Yu (CAN) 55.800 (14.400, 13.400, 14.050, 13.950)
5 Andreea Munteanu (ROM) 55.250 (14.100, 12.600, 14.450. 14.100)
6 Maria Bondareva (RUS) 55.200 (13.950, 13.950, 13.450, 13.850)
7 Maria Kharenkova (RUS) 54.900 (14.200, 13.600, 13.350, 13.750)
8 Catherine Lyons (GBR) 54.800 (14.050, 13.150, 13.750, 13.850)
9 Kim Janas 54.650 (GER) (14.450, 12.950, 13.350, 13.900)
10 Minami Honda (JPN) 53.200 (13.900, 11.650, 13.950, 13.700)
10 Wakana Yasui (JPN) 53.200 (14.00, 12.850, 13.250, 13.100)
- Aiko Sugihara (JPN) 53.050 (14.400, 12.450, 12.150, 14.050)
- Sae Myiagawa (JPN) 52.750 (14.500, 11.250, 12.850, 14.150)
11 Andreea Iridon (ROM) 52.450 (12.750, 13.250, 13.050, 13.400)
12 Pauline Tratz (GER) 50.00 (12.550, 13.050, 11.500, 12.900)
13 Tsz Sum Chan (HKG) 41.750 (12.900, 8.300, 10.000, 10.550)
14 Sau Chung Kwang (HKG) 41.600 (12.550, 7.900, 9.850, 11.300)
15. Georgia-Mae Fenton (GBR) 26.150 (UB 13.400, BB 12.750)

In the men's competition, Rene Cournoyer finished 13th AA and Matthew Halickman finished 18th AA.


SEPTEMBER 16 - PEDERSEN TO COMPETE FOR UGA

College Gym Fans is reporting that Jordyn Pedersen has signed to compete NCAA at Georgia!

Link: http://www.collegegymfans.com/news/latest-news/item/4013-pedersen-to-uga


SEPTEMBER 15 - SMITH FINISHES 7TH IN OSIJEK

Hugh Smith finished seventh on vault today at the final day of competition in Osijek, Croatia.

SEPTEMBER 13 - SMITH QUALIFIES AT VAULT FINAL AT OSIJEK WORLD CUP

Hugh Smith qualified to the vault final at today's Osijek World Cup, in Croatia. Although he only qualified in 7th position, he has his sights set on a medal, telling Gymnastics Canada, "I was first up on the second vault and I wanted to be strategic to make sure I qualified for the final so I did an easier vault, but on Sunday in the final I'll be using the harder vault to go for a medal."

Smith also competed on floor, finishing 22nd. He was joined in competition with club teammate Evan Cruz, who finished 22nd on pommels.

Competition continues Sunday for Smith.

Link: http://www.osijekgym.com/


SEPTEMBER 10 - IG INTERVIEW: KEVIN LYTWYN

Lytwyn is aiming for at least one top-16 finish at the upcoming Worlds in Antwerp, Belgium.

Link: IG online


SEPTEMBER 7 - 2020 OLYMPICS TO BE HELD IN TOKYO, JAPAN

The IOC today elected Tokyo, Japan as the host city for the 2020 Olympics. Running opposite Tokyo were Istanbul, Turkey and Madrid, Spain.

1991 World AA Champion turned coach Kim Zmeskal said it well, "It may be 7 years away but knowing the host makes it that much more real for all those dreaming of & working for it!"

Good luck to the gymnasts already preparing for their Games! Here's the proposed Olympics Gymnastics Centre for 2020, courtesy of the 2020 Tokyo bid website:


Below, the Tokyo bid video featuring Kohei Uchimura:


SEPTEMBER 1 - REMEMBERING 2012 LONDON TEST EVENT

Link: 2012 London Test Event


AUGUST 31 - REMEMBERING 2012 PACIFIC RIM

   

Link: 2012 Pacific Rim Gallery


AUGUST 30 - TEAMS CONFIRMED FOR 2013 WORLDS

Gymnastics Canada today confirmed the earlier, nominative teams to the 2013 World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium. Competition kicks off September 30!

WAG - Ellie Black, Victoria Moors, Kaitlyn Hofland and Maegan Chant
MAG - Kevin Lytwyn, Ken Ikeda, Anderson Loran, and Scott Morgan (Reserves: Hugh Smith, Evan Cruz)


AUGUST 29 - LYDIA WILLIAMS JOINS BLUEWATER GYMNASTICS

2003 Worlds team member Lydia Williams has joined the staff at Bluewater Gymnastics. She will be coaching in their recreational program.

A member of the Canadian National Team for five years, Lydia went on to compete NCAA at UC Berkeley where she studied Child Development and Education.


AUGUST 27 - NOMINATIVE TEAM FOR WORLDS

The women's team for the 2013 World Championships has been selected. Slated to represent Canada on the women's side are Ellie Black, Victoria Moors, Kaitlyn Hofland and Maegan Chant!

In the post-Olympic year, Worlds is individual competitions only, including men�s and women�s prelims, AA, and EF. Each federation is entitled to register a maximum of six men�s and four women�s gymnasts, with no more than three gymnasts competing per apparatus.

The gymnasts� drawing of lots to decides the starting order of the qualification competitions and the apparatus finals will take place on August 29, 2013 at the FIG headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Who would you compete on what?!


AUGUST 25 - GABRIELLA DOUGLAS TRAINS A QUINTUPLE TWIST ON BEAM!


AUGUST 24 - GABBY DOUGLAS TV MOVIE TO FILM IN WINNIPEG

Casting is underway for two actors to play Gabby Douglas, in a made-for-TV movie. Douglas won Olympic gold in the women's AA at last year's London Olympics, becoming the third American in a row to win the event.

Filming starts September 9 in Winnipeg, and is set to wrap up late October.


AUGUST 11 - HOFLAND WINS GOLD AT PAN AM CHAMPS

Kaitlyn Hofland may have been the lone Canadian entry to today's apparatus finals, but she made sure to put Canada on top. The top qualifier on bars, she hit her routine to take gold in the finals.

"Kaitlyn really did her job," said Canadian women's National Team Director Kyna Fletcher. "We knew going in that it was going to be all things considered, and with the difficulty levels it would be between her and Jessica Lopez. We're really pleased for her. We would have been happy either way, but based on where we are, it builds her confidence like nobody's business."

Next up are the 2013 World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium. The world team will be announced August 25, following a training/selection camp.


AUGUST 10 - MOORS MEDALS AT PAN AM CHAMPS

Victoria Moors managed to hit her much talked about double double layout in today's apparatus finals, at the 2013 Pan Am Championships in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She won silver on the apparatus, scoring 13.400, with Daniele Hypolito of Brazil taking gold.

Competition was more challenging elsewhere, for the Canadians. On beam, both Moors and Gabriella Douglas counted falls and balance checks. On floor, Briannah Tsang badly over rotated her double Arabian front, almost diving into the judges table.

Competition continues tomorrow, with Canada's lone entrant being Kaitlyn Hofland, who qualified to the bars final in the lead. Tune into Puerto Rican TV for live coverage, starting at 7pm EST.


AUGUST 9 - CANADIANS ADVANCE TO FINALS AT PAN AM CHAMPIONSHIPS

San Juan, Puerto Rico plays host to the 2013 Pan Am Championships this week. The Roberto Clemente arena was also the site of the 1996 World Championships!

Qualifications saw some great routines from the Canadians. Gabriella Douglas, a last minute replacement for Ellie Black, made the most of her entry; She qualified to the beam final in first place. Be sure to check out her triple turn!

Kaitlyn Hofland also earned a top finish. She heads into bar finals as the leader.

Victoria Moors qualified to two apparatus finals, placing 4th on beam and 6th on floor. She pulled out two great double doubles in laid out position during warm-up (watch 1, watch 2), but fell in competition.

Briannah Tsang qualified to floor finals, ranked 7th.

The competition concludes this weekend, with finals taking place Saturday and Sunday. Puerto Rican TV promises live coverage (+internet streaming) both nights, starting at 7pm EST.

 

More video:
Briannah Tsang FX
Victoria Moors FX: View 1, View 2
Victoria Moors BB: View 1, View 2
Kaitlyn Hofland BB

Results:
http://wcremix.com/pr/?page_id=71





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