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JUNE 8 - 2014 COMMONWEALTH GAMES TEAMS ANNOUNCED

WAG:
Ellie Black, 19
Maegan Chant, 17
Victoria Moors, 18
Isabela Onyshko, 16
Stefanie Merkle, 18

 

MAG:
Nathan Gafuik, 29
Scott Morgan, 25
Anderson Loran, 23
Kevin Lytwyn, 24
Zachary Clay, 19

Notably mising is Aleeza Yu, who is said to have suffered an injury at the recent Canadian National Championships.

JUNE 3 - #WhatItTakes GYMNASTICS VICTORIA MOORS

You have to love the struggle
                   - Victoria Moors


JUNE 3 - TAYLOR-NOEL SPEAKS OF AN UNPREDICTABLE LIFE

Taylor Lindsay-Noel:

Eyes wide open, I remember staring straight up at a ceiling that was not familiar to me. As I lay there painfully still, a simple glance left and right reaffirmed my suspicions that I was in a hospital bed. Still unaware of the gravity of my prognosis, my consciousness knew that things were never going to be the same…

That was my reality almost six years ago. After an unexpected and rare fall from the high bar, I… A Canadian National Gymnast, was instantly paralyzed from the neck down.

Full story on Neurochangers


MAY 31 - TOWNSEND QUALIFIES TO  YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES

Sydney Townsend has qualified to this summer's Youth Olympic Games, in Nanjing, China. Open to junior gymnasts born in 1999, this is the second time these summer Youth Olympic Games have been held. The inaugural games were held in Singapore.

In October, Nanning, China (not to be confused with Nanjing, China!) plays host to the World Championships.


MAY 31 - FULL RESULTS FROM 2014 CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

http://gymnasticschampionships.ca/results/

Related:

Teams for the 2014 Commonwealth Games are expected to be announced Monday, June 9.


MAY 31 - THE GREAT EXODUS TO OHIO STATE

Ohio State is getting ready to host a bevy of Canadian gymnastics! Joining them this fall are Stephanie Merkle and Kaitlyn Hofland, with Victoria-Kayen Woo and Casey Carvalho both set to join within the following two years.

Hofland has originally signed with the University of Utah, planning to defer in a bid for the Rio 2016 team. “We are so excited to add Kaitlyn to the team for the 2014-15 season,” Buckeyes coach Fagan said. “She brings great international elite experience to the team and her lines and form are impeccable. She has very high scoring potential on every event and will complete our incoming class of six talented freshman set to arrive this fall. After meeting Kaitlyn this winter, I knew right away that she would be a great for our team. She has a maturity and an understanding about herself as a gymnast that will allow her to compete at the highest level in NCAA gymnastics.”

Fagan on Merkle: “Stefanie has impeccable form and is so fun to watch. As an elite gymnast, she will bring some of the most difficult and high level skills to the team next year and will be a strong addition to each of our lineups.”

      


MAY 14 - SILVIA COLUSSI-PELAEZ TRANSFERS TO OREGON; SISTER MARIANA SET TO JOIN IN 2015

Silvia Colussi-Pelaez has transferred to the Oregon State University. Silvia spent her Freshman year of NCAA competition at the University of Florida, which tied with Oklahoma for top honors at the 2014 NCAA Championships. A gymnastics powerhouse, Silvia struggled to make Florida's line-up.

Oregon State is a logical choice for Silvia, whose younger sister Mariana recently declared her intent to compete for the Beavers starting Fall 2015. In the meantime, Mariana will compete for Spain.

Also at Oregon State is Maddie Gardiner.


MAY 26 - GYMNASTICS CANADA ATHLETE PROFILES

 

GCG has been uploading short athlete profiles to their You Tube channel, in advance of the upcoming Canadian Nationals. So far they've highlighted:


MAY 9 - MARIANA COLUSSI-PELAEZ SWITCHES NATIONALITY

Mariana Colussi-Pelaez will no longer represent Canada in International competition. The FIG granted the switch at their most recent meeting, in Kuwaitt. The move follows that of older sister Silvia, who has competed for Spain for several years and is now competing NCAA at the University of Florida.

Mariana at 2013 Elite Canada:

 
 


MAY 3 - VICTORIA-KAYEN WOO TO OHIO

Victoria-Kayen Woo (Gym-Richelieu) has committed to Ohio State for 2016-2017. A member of the Canadian National Team for senior women, she placed 5th AA at the 2014 Elite Canada, and was third AA at last year's National Championships. Younger sister Rose-Kaying Woo also competes for Canada.

Links: College Gym Fans | Gymcan profile | More videos


APRIL 27 - ONYSHKO PICKS UP SILVER IN OSIJEK

Isabela Onyshko picked up a medal today, at the final day of competition at the Osijek World Cup, in the Czech Republic. The result came on floor exercise, where she also won a bronze at last month's Doha World Cup.

She also finished 5th on beam today and 6th on bars yesterday.

Women's Bars Women's Beam Women's FX
1. Kang 13,925
2. Makra 13,825
3. Singmuang 13.275
4. Martins 13.225
5. Steingruber 13.100
6. Onyshko 12.675
7. Adlerteg 12,225
8. Kaslin 12.075
1.Phan (VIE) 14.025
2.Kim (PRK) 13.850
3.Steingruber (SUI) 13.550
4.Gómez (GUA) 13.400...
5.Onyshko (CAN) 13.300
6.Kaeslin (SUI) 13.025
7.Larsson (SWE) 12.800
8.Martins (POR) 12.300
1.Steingruber (SUI) 13.675
2.Onyshko (CAN) 13.575
3.Phan (VIE) 13.425
4.Martins (POR) 13.125...
5.Larsson (SWE) 13.025
6.Golob (SLO) 12.725
7.Makra (HUN) 12.225
8.Derek (CRO) 12.050

Videos: UB | BB | FX

APRIL 24 - JP CARON STEPPING DOWN AS PRESIDENT/CEO OF GCG

Gymnastics Canada Gymnastique today announced that Jean-Paul Caron will conclude his mandate as President/CEO of the Federation, effective April 28th 2014. Caron will assume a consultant role with the Federation, assisting with the delivery of the Gymnastics Canada domestic and international hosting plan, including the development of the bid application for the hosting of the FIG 2017 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Montreal.


APRIL 23 - NCAA SIGNINGS: CHANT, VACULIK AND BABALIS

Maegan Chant has chosen to be a Florida Gator!

Meanwhile, Natalie Vaculik and Vivi Babalis are set to join the Georgia Gym Dawgs next season.

Link: http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/w-gym/spec-rel/042314aaa.html


APRIL 12 - DOUBLY GOLDEN ON VAULT


Canada's dominated vault today, fielding wins in both women's and men's events. Ellie Black and Hugh Smith claimed the golds for Canada!

Also golden was Scott Morgan, who put in the highest score on the floor exercise, an event which he qualified to the final at the last World Championships. Morgan also added a bronze on rings.

Other medals for Canada, in this final day of competition, included Maegan Chant (bronze on vault) and Aleeza Yu (bronze on floor).

 Links: WAG Senior EF | MAG Senior EF


AAPRIL 11 - OEHRLEIN TAKES FIRST GOLD FOR CANADA


Ryan Oehrlein was golden today, on rings, in his final day of competition at the PAcific Rim Championships. It was Canada's first gold of the competition for artistic gymnastics.

In the junior women's competition, rong>Shallon Olsen won two medals, a bronze on beam and a silver on floor.

Rose Kaying Woo also picked up a medal on floor, bronze.

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: WAG Senior EF | MAG Senior EF


APRIL 11 - OLSEN AND WOO MEDAL IN THEIR FINAL DAY AT PACIFIC RIM


Ryan Oehrlein was golden today, on rings, in his final day of competition at the PAcific Rim Championships. It was Canada's first gold of the competition, for artistic gymnastics.

In the junior women's competition, Shallon Olsen won two medals, a bronze on beam and a silver on floor.

Rose Kaying Woo also picked up a medal on floor, bronze.

Links: WAG Junior EF | MAG Junior EF


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



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