Archive: November, 2001
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NOVEMBER 30 - MEN'S AND WOMEN'S ELITE CANADA
Gyms in Calgary and Toronto will be buzzing with action this weekend as the 2001 Elite Canada for both men's and women's artistic gymnastics are held simultaneously, halfway across the country from one another.
The men's competition takes place at the University of Calgary today and tomorrow, with all flights of competition scheduled from 6:30 to 9 pm (local time) both days. A top field of senior competitors is expected, and will include 2001 world championship team members Richard Ikeda, David Kikuchi, Scott Lang, and Grant Golding. 2000 Olympian Kyle Shewfelt will also be on-hand.
The women's competition will feature four days of competition, beginning today. Novice competitors take the floor tonight from 5:00 to 7:45 pm (local time). Junior and senior competitors will contest their all-around competitions from 2 to 4:30 pm and 7 to 10:30 pm tomorrow, respectively. Sunday's competition will then feature a second day of novice all-around competition from 10 am to 12:30 pm, followed by junior and senior event finals from 2:15 to 4:45 pm. Finally, novice and junior athletes will participate in physical abilities testing from 9 am to 1:30 pm on Monday, December 3rd.
While Winstonettes' Jennifer Simbhudas is the only world championship team member scheduled to compete at Elite Canada, there will still be plenty of top competitors in the field. Heather Purnell, Teri Gibson, Tracey Rai, and Julie Medeiros all finished among the top ten at the 2001 national championships, and the top five finishers in the junior division are also scheduled to compete. Elite Canada will mark the senior debut of Kylie Stone, Melanie Rocca, Melanie Banville, Amanda Gering, and Lydia Williams, as well as a number of other top athletes. This meet also marks the return of national team member Vanessa Meloche who has not competed since the 2000 edition of Elite Canada due to various injuries.
Gymn.ca will be on-hand at the women's competition this weekend, and will provide full reports as soon as possible following each day of competition. The official Elite Canada 2001 websites are available through Gym Score Depot.
NOVEMBER 29 - MORE GYMNASTICS TELEVISION COVERAGE TO ENJOY!
Canadian gym fans should prepare to give their VCRs another good workout, with a host of gymnastics competitions scheduled for broadcast over the coming days.
First, the final broadcast of the artistic world championships is scheduled to air on CBC this Saturday, November 29th, from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. The broadcast will cover both the men's and the women's event finals.
Next, TSN will air the GYMROCK competition, which was taped over the Thanksgiving weekend, in a series of six broadcasts between today and Monday, December 10. The television schedule for GYMROCK is as follows:
Friday, November 29 5:30 pm
Sunday, December 2 7:00 pm
Monday, December 3 5:30 pm
Saturday, December 8 6:00 pm
Sunday, December 9 6:00 pm
Monday, December 10 3:30 pm
The first three broadcasts will cover the three preliminary rounds, with the two semi-finals and the final comprising the final three shows. Each broadcast is 30 minutes in length.
Finally, the Reese's Cup will be aired on NBC on Sunday, December 9 from 3 to 5:00 pm. Two-time Canadian Olympian Yvonne Tousek is among the competitors invited to the annual professional-style event.
NOVEMBER 25 - JELTKOV TAKES THIRD AT DTB CUP
Canadian Olympian Alexander Jeltkov added another solid result to his outstanding high bar resume by taking third at the prestigious DTB Cup, held earlier today in Stuttgart, Germany. Jeltkov had qualified to the final in sixth place, but a better performance earned him a 9.637, which was 0.137 higher than his preliminary score. Jeltkov's total was just below Olympic champion Alexei Nemov's 9.650 result, which earned the second, and final, berth into the championship round. The championship final was won by Australian world silver medallist Philippe Rizzo, who scored a 9.725 to clinch the title.
NOVEMBER 23 - JELTKOV QUALIFIES FOR HIGH BAR FINAL AT DTB CUP
Canada's Alexander Jeltkov qualified for the high bar final by placing sixth in today's qualifying competition at the DTB Cup. Jeltkov, a native of Montreal, scored a 9.500 to finish sixth out of 28 competitors on the event. Jeltkov also competed in the floor exercise, where he missed the qualification cut-off, finishing 14th.
The Canadian women were represented by world championship team member Joelle Ouellette, who competed on three of the four apparatus. Ouellette's best finish came on the vault, where she finished ninth, just missing the cut-off for finals by one position. Ouellette struggled on her other two events, balance beam and floor exercise, finishing 17th and 15th, respectively.
Competition continues tomorrow with the finals for men's rings, vault, and pommel horse, as well as women's uneven bars and floor exercise. The remainder of the event finals will be contested on Sunday. Full results of the DTB Cup are available at Gymmedia online site.
NOVEMBER 16 - CBC AIRS 2001 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is scheduled to air the first of three broadcasts of the 2001 World Championships Saturday, November 17th. Tune in at 4pm E.S.T. for a 2 hour broadcast of the team competition. Viewers who miss the broadcast can set their VCR for Monday's 2am rebroadcast. Part 2 features the All Around competition, and airs the following Saturday, November 24th from 2:30-4:30pm. Part 3, featuring the event finals, airs December 1st, 2:30-4:30pm. Confirm local listings for times.
NOVEMBER 6 - CANADIANS TO COMPETE AT DTB CUP
Canada will field three athletes to the upcoming DTB Cup in Stuttgart, Germany. Representing Canada at this European Grand Prix event will be Alexander Jeltkov, Crystal Gilmore, and Joelle Ouellette. Qualifications begin Friday, November 23.