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DECEMBER 12 - ELITE CANADA CONCLUDES
Competition concluded today in Gatineau, Quebec with the apparatus finals being contested. Maddy Gardiner topped the field in two events, bars and beam. Briannah Tsang took top spot on vault, with Mikaela Gerber claiming floor.
In the junior category, Victoria Moors scooped up golds on vault, bars, and floor. Hailee Westney claimed the beam title.
Shallon Olsen won the Novice category by a landslide.
Full results: Junior EF | Senior EF | Novice Days 1&2 combined
DECEMBER 11 - MOORS WINS JUNIOR ELITE CANADA
Victoria Moors topped the field at today's junior Elite Canada. Vivi Babalis placed second, with Jordyn Petersen rounding out the podium.
Tomorrow's competition crowns the Novice HP champion (Shallon Olsen leads day 1 by just under 4 points!) and apparatus winners in Novice, Juniors, and Seniors.
Videos: Vivi Babalis
Full results: http://gym-score-depot.ca
DECEMBER 10 - LEE WINS ELITE CANADA
Christine Lee's comeback is complete! Tonight she won Elite Canada, leading the pack by a half point. Madeline Gardiner finished second, and Charlotte Mackie third.
Christine suffered a back injury about 2 years, that forced her completely out of the sport until this past June.
Competition continues tomorrow with the junior AA and both junior and senior EF Sunday.
- Interview with Christine about the win, coming back from the injury (Gymnastics Canada)
- Full results: http://gym-score-depot.ca/elite_canada_2010_wag/EC10-WAG-Senior-Day1.pdf
NOVEMBER 26 - VIDEOS FROM TOUR SELECTION/EC SCREENING
Last weekend saw several provinces host their Tour Selection (or Elite Canada screenings), to assess readiness for the upcoming Elite Canada (scheduled December 10-12 in Gatineau, Que).
Christine Lee: vault, beam
Victoria Moors: http://www.youtube.com/user/lisavideoz#p/u
Miranda Meyer: http://www.youtube.com/user/Jaranda2able1
Know any others? Please email!
NOVEMBER 20 - MAY, LUKENCHUCK ADVANCE TO FINALS IN GLASGOW
Gabrielle May and Jayd Lukenchuk were the lone Canadians to advance to an apparatus final at this weekend's Glasgow Grand Prix.
May qualified to vault in sixth position, but finished 8th in the finals. The event was won by Russia's Ekaterina Kurbatova.
Lukenchuk finished 7th on the parallel bars, improving one rank from his qualifying routine. The apparatus was won by p-bars specialist Mitja Petkovsek of Slovenia.
In men's qualifications, Casey Sandy placed 12th on PB and 17th on PH. Kristin Klarenbach was scheduled to compete in Glasgow, but tweaked her ankle in training earlier this week. She's resting the ankle, and hopes to compete at the upcoming Elite Canada.
Full results: http://gymnasticsresults.com/2010/europe/gbr/glasgowgp.html
NOVEMBER 15 - CBC AIRING T&T CHAMPIONSHIPS SATURDAY
Tune into CBC Sports this Saturday for coverage of the 2010 World T&T Championships from Metz, France.
NOVEMBER 14 - SHEWFELT APPEARING ON RICK MERCER REPORT (CBC)
Be sure to tune into CBC's Rick Mercer Report this Tuesday. Rick is joined by Kyle Shewfelt, singer Jann Arden, and Calgary's new major Naheed Nenshi for a ride down North America's fastest zip line.
Photos from the day are already up on Rick Mercer's Facebook page, and there may be archived footage following the event at http://www.youtube.com/mercerreport.
Update (Nov 17): Archived footage -> http://www.youtube.com/mercerreport#p/u/0/e-VD6JBXbPw
NOVEMBER 14 - CANADIANS AT DTB CUP
Canada fielded an unusually large contingent at this year's DTB Cup, and Kristin Klarenbach notched Canada's highest result, finishing fourth on floor. A veteran from last year's DTB Cup, she also qualified to the beam and vault finals, finishing fifth and seventh, respectively. Klarenbach upgraded her vault at this meet, successfully competing a full twisting Yurchenko.
Commonwealth Games teammate Gabrielle May qualified to a single apparatus final, finishing 8th on vault.
The winner on vault at last week's World Cup in Croatia, Nathan Gafuik managed only seventh place on the apparatus at this weekend's competition. Jackson Payne finished 8th on high bar (fall), a disappointment after qualifying in second place.
Ken Ikeda and Kevin Lytwyn also competed in Germany, but did not advance to any finals.
Klarenbach (beam): http://www.youtube.com/user/DrMtzLizama#p/u/16/c2ojNkf0x_s
Klarenbach (vault): http://www.youtube.com/user/DrMtzLizama#p/u/22/bGl3t-Qy3iQ
May (vault): http://www.youtube.com/user/DrMtzLizama#p/u/21/uXrZiSYy824
Payne (High bar): http://www.youtube.com/user/DrMtzLizama#p/u/24/Zz6nFDFyfpQ
NOVEMBER 12 - PENG SIGNS WITH UCLA
Christine Peng Peng Lee has signed with UCLA.
Christine Peng Peng Lee has been healing from a back injury the last year but is now fully cleared, coming back and expected to be a strong competitor in all-around," said Kondos Field. "Peng Peng will most likely be one of the most exciting Bruins to come to Westwood."
Update: Christine at the recent Ontario's Tour Selection: vault, beam
NOVEMBER 10 - SHEWFELT INDUCTED TO CANADA'S SPORTS HALL OF FAME
Kyle Shewfelt was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame today, the ceremony taking place in his hometown of Calgary, AB. The class of 2010 also includes speed skater and cyclist Clara Hughes, Paralympic wheelchair athlete Chantal Petitclerc, decorated hockey goaltender Patrick Roy, Formula 1 driver Jacques Villeneuve, and freestyle skier Jean-Luc Brassard. Rounding out the group is Former Own The Podium head Roger Jackson and the late football executive Bob Ackles.
“Kyle Shewfelt is the best and most successful artistic gymnast ever produced in Canada,” says Gymnastics Canada President and CEO, Jean-Paul Caron. “He is a unique and remarkable ambassador for Canada and the sport of gymnastics and an exceptional role model for our upcoming generation of champions.” (More...)
The Calgary Herald interviewed Shewfelt, shortly before the event. A favourite quotation from the interview:
...I came across a note I wrote to myself in 1995. A set of goals, I guess. But also a promise. On it I’d written: ‘I want to win and Olympic gold medal and I want to help put Canadian artistic gymnastics on the map.’
Calgary Herald: Shewfelt takes walk down memory lane
Shewfelt blogs about the honour: http://www.kyleshewfelt.com/blog/2010/11/10/hall-of-fame.html
NOVEMBER 7 - GAFUIK WINS TWO MEDALS IN CROATIA
Nathan Gafuik topped the field on vault at this weekend's World Cup event in Osijek, Croatia winning gold. Russia's Denis Ablyazin placed second, and Germany's Michael Sawatzky finished third.
Gafuik also placed second on men's high bar, finishing 0.05 behind Croatia's own Moznik Marijo. Fellow Worlds teammate Jackson Payne completed the podium, taking bronze. Payne also finished fifth on p-bars.
Rounding out the Canadian contingent were Ken Ikeda (best finish: 4th on pommels) and Kevin Lytwyn (did not advance to finals).
Canada did not field any WAG entrants, but will compete Kristin Klarenbach and Gabrielle May the next two weekends at the DTB Cup and Glasgow Grand Prix.
Gafuik on floor (prelims): http://www.youtube.com/user/etskuhotsku#p/u/8/0skQqGlkzIo
OCTOBER 23 - CAUTIOUS COACH: LIFE LESSONS WITH ELENA DAVYDOVA
The official 2010 World Championships web site details coach Elena Davydova's concern for her gymnast's readiness leading up to team qualifications. Kristina Vaculik fell during training, her arm swelling terribly. "It was bad, very nasty," Davydova told Words reporter Brigid McCarthy. "We took her to get an x-ray. It wasn’t broken, but it was badly damaged."
Cleared to compete the eve of team qualifications, Davydova nonetheless urged Vaculik to play it safe and withdraw. Davydova still remembers competing at the 1981 World Championships, with a broken neck. She fell during warm-ups, instinctively knew she'd broken her neck, but coaches refused to let the reigning Olympic Championships sit out. Now, Davydova plays it safe with her pupils:
I really try and think before my gymnasts do skills. Until it is ready, it does not go in a routine. I like Kristina to be prepared, and to feel good about herself before going into competition, rather than thinking ‘oh I am not sure if I am going to pull it off!’ I am always telling her, ‘as long as it is safe and you are enjoying yourself, do it.’ That is all I want for her.
Elena Davydova finished third all-around at the 1981 World Championships, her Soviet teammates finishing first (Olga Bicherova) and second (Maria Filatova). Davydova went on to compete in all four apparatus finals, her last competition.
Team Canada finished 13th in team qualifications. They will be aiming for top 12 at next year's World Championships in Tokyo, Japan. The top 8 teams earn automatic berths to the 2012 Olympic Games in London, with the rest battling for the four remaining team spots at the London Test Event, expected to be held January 2012.
Read the full story: http://www.gymnastics2010.com/en/a101023009.asp
OCTOBER 19 - WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS VIDEOS
Video is once again allowed at World Championships! 2010 World Championships videos are (slowly) uploading to Gymn.ca's You Tube Channel.
Alas, further website updates will have to wait for my return to Canada.
OCTOBER 8 - LEMIEUX EMERGES AS MOST DECORATED CANADIAN GYMNAST IN DELHI / LORAN BREAKS BRONZE WITH SILVER ON HIGH BAR
Cynthia Lemieux won her third medal of the Games, emerging as the most decorated Canadian gymnast. Lemieux goes home with bronze medals in the team, bars, and beam competitions.
Today Anderson Loran broke Canada's bronze run, winning silver on the last apparatus contested, men's high bar.
Canada's apparatus finalists:
Anderson Loren - 6th PH, 2nd HB
Ian Galvan - 3rd V, 8th R
Gabrielle May - 3rd V
Cynthia Lemieux - 3rd UB, 3rd BB
Catherine Dion - 5th BB
Kristin Klarenbach - 4th V (ranked 3rd until an inquiry bumped her to 4th)
Tariq Dowers - 8th PH, 6th PB
Jason Scott -7th R, 7th PB, 6th HB
OCTOBER 6 - KLARENBACH TOP CANADIAN ALL-AROUNDER IN DELHI
Both the men's and women's all-around competitions were contested today in Delhi, at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. The men's event as won by England's Luke Folwell, with teammate Reiss Beckford taking silver. Australian Joshua Jefferis finished third. The top placing Canada was Robert Watson, who finished 10th - improving four spots from prelims. Canada was also represented by Tariq Dowers, who finished 12th AA.
The Australians dominated the women's podium, taking all three medals. Lauren Mitchell won the gold, followed by Emily Little and Georgia Bonora. Canadians Kristin Klarenbach and Cynthia Lemieux finished 7th and 8th, respectively. Emma Willis also qualified to today's all-around, but withdrew to travel to Europe for the upcoming World Championships.
Competition continues with two days of apparatus finals.
OCTOBER 5 - CANADIAN WOMEN EARN BRONZE AT COMMONWEALTHS
Canada takes Team Bronze
Photo courtesy of Panthers Gymnastics
Tuesday saw the women's team competition in Delhi. As in the men's competition, Canada's women's gymnastics team took bronze with Australia winning gold and England taking silver.
Canada qualified two gymnasts to the all-around competition, Cynthia Lemieux (6th AA after prelims) and Kristin Klarenbach (9th AA after prelims).
Four Canadians will advance to the apparatus finals:
Cynthia Lemieux: Bars, Beam, Floor
Kristin Klarenbach: Vault, Bars
Gabrielle May: Vault
Catherine Dion: Beam
A special send-out to Emma Willis, who actually qualified as Canada's second entrant to the all-around final (also the beam and floor finals), but is relinquishing these spots to fly to Charleroi, Belgium to await the rest of the World Championships team's arrival to Rotterdam.
OCTOBER 4 - CANADIAN MEN EARN BRONZE AT COMMONWEALTHS
Canada's men's gymnastics team took bronze in today's team event at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Australia won the gold, with England taking silver.
Canada qualified two gymnasts to the all-around competition, Tariq Dowers (7th AA after prelims) and Robert Watson (14th AA after prelims). Four of five Canadians have qualified to the apparatus finals:
Anderson Loren: pommels, high bar
Tariq Dowers: pommels, p-bars
Ian Galvan: rings, vault
Jason Scott: rings, p-bars, high bar
Traditionally one of Canada's stronger events, we qualified no athlete to the vault final (though Robert Watson is the second reserve).
OCTOBER 3 - MEETING BRITISH ROYALTY IN DELHI
The Canadian women's gymnastics team met Prince Charles and Prince Edward yesterday, along with Charles' wife Camilla.
L: Meeting Prince Edward, R: Meeting Prince Charles and Camilla.
Photo courtesy of Champions Gymnastics
...and trained on podium!
Photo courtesy of Champions Gymnastics
OCTOBER 2 - MEN'S TEAM SETTLING INTO COMMONWEALTH VILLAGE, TRAIN ON PODIUM
Robert Watson echoes the positive comments expressed by the Canada's women's gymnastics team, in an interview with Commonwealth Games Canada. He also goes on record with the men's goal of medalling in the team competition.
SEPTEMBER 29 - MAY ENJOYING COMMONWEALTH GAMES
More good news stories are coming out of Delhi, site of the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Gabrielle May spoke by phone to Winnipeg Free Press, saying she's enjoying the experience.
"I was expecting it to be a lot worse than it is, but it's pretty good. I'm enjoying it so far. The rooms are pretty good There's a few things that could be fixed up, the plastering on the walls and such but overall, it's pretty nice. It's all air-conditioned, and there's lots of space."
Whereas worker are struggling to finish some venue, the Indira Ghandi venue gets the green light from gymnasts and officials. "The gymnastics venue is fantastic," May added. "It's all brand new equipment, everything is world-class."
Asked how Delhi ranks to other competition experiences, May added "This one is so much better. In the other competitions, it's just been gymnastics but this is my first Games experience and it's so great."
Security concerns have limited the athletes' free movement, but May says she's pleased with the host's efforts. "I would have liked to see something of India but they're encouraging us to stay in the village," May said. "But they're bringing a lot of cultural things into the village so we get a taste of what it's like."
Women's podium training is Saturday, October 2.
Read interview with May:
More: Gabrielle May on representing Canada!
SEPTEMBER 28 - CANADIAN GYMNAST ARRIVE IN DELHI
Canada's women's gymnastics team arrived in Delhi at 2am, and CBC caught up with the team during their first training session. Cynthia Lemieux (Team Captain) spoke positively of the Indira Ghandi venue, and the Athletes village (spacious, clean, etc.).
Lemieux is unconcerned about the RCMP's recommendations not to leave the Commonwealth Games perimeter, or to wear national emblems/colours, citing tons of security.
Watch the interview with Lemieux:
Kristin Klarenbach and coach Valerie Oudin arriving at the airport:
Gabrielle May and Catherine Dion arriving at the airport:
Photos of arrival (see #5, 8 14)
Lemieux conducts interview with CBC
Photo courtesy of Champions Gymnastics
SEPTEMBER 26 - CBC TO AIR TEAM FINALS FROM DELHI
The men's team final and women's team final is slated to be shown on CBC Bold (a specialty channel, not to be confused with regular CBC) and streamed simultaneously on CBCsports.ca.
Men's team final: Monday, October 4 Live 8am - 9:30am ET (and repeated twice after)
Women's team final: Tuesday, October 5 8am - 10am ET (and repeated twice after)
Full Commonwealth Games schedule: http://www.cbc.ca/commonwealthgames/schedule/streaming-broadcast.html
SEPTEMBER 19 - LEE AIMING FOR 2011 WORLDS
Christine Lee is aiming for a berth on the 2011 World Championships team, coach Kelly Manjak revealed in today's CBC broadcast from Oakville Gymnastics.
Lee previously trained at the now-closed Sport Seneca, and under their guidance competed for Canada at the 2007 Pan Am Games (3rd T, 5th AA, 8th BB, 4th FX). A back injury kept her out of competition for approximately two years, whereupon she resumed gymnastics at Oakville Gymnastics.
SEPTEMBER 15 - CBC BROADCASTING LIVE FROM OAKVILLE GYMNASTICS THIS SATURDAY
Be sure to tune to CBC this Saturday for What Moves Canada, a celebration of sports across the country. Kyle Shewfelt will broadcast live from Oakville Gymnastics!
Archived footage: http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/Sports/Sports_Day_in_Canada/ID=1594502275
SEPTEMBER 13 - UCLA VISITS WHITE HOUSE
The UCLA Gymnastics team (including Canadians Aisha Gerber and Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs) was honored at The White House today for their victory last season. U.S. President Obama spoke to more than 650 athletes of championship-winning teams across the NCAA.
SEPTEMBER - PAN AM CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Canadian women earned silver at the recent Pan Am Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico. The top two all-arounders for Canada were Kristina Vaculik (6th AA) and Charlotte Mackie (11th AA). Vaculik qualified to three apparatus finals, taking bronzes on bars and floor. She also finished fourth on vault. Mackie placed 7th on the beam final.
The Canadian men tied with Brazil for silver in their team event. The top two all-arounders were Jackson Payne (9th AA) and Jayd Lukenchuk (14th AA). Casey Sandy earned bronze on pommels in the apparatus finals, and Ken Ikeda a silver on p-bars.
The competition served as a test event for next year's Pan Am Games.
AUGUST - GARDINER & WATSON COMPETE AT INAUGURAL YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES
Maddie Gardiner and Robert Watson competed well at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. Gardiner enjoyed a stellar preliminary round, qualifying for the all around final and three of four apparatus finals. She finished 13th all-around in the final, after a rocky beam routine (2 falls) and fall on floor.
Gardiner finished 5th on the vault during the apparatus finals, and suffered a horrific fall on bars (falling on her Jaegar she hit her head on bars, biting down on her lip and requiring stitches). The fall necessitated that she withdraw from beam finals, to which she'd qualified in 5th place.
In the men's competition, Robert Watson hit six-for-six during the preliminary round, qualifying to the all-around final in 11th place. He fared less well in the all-around final, after getting off to rough start on his first apparatus (fall on pommels) and finished 17th AA.
Gardiner - Prelims Beam | Gardiner - Prelims V | Gardiner - Prelims FX
Gardiner - Bars EF | Gardiner - Vault 1 EF | Gardiner - Vault 2 EF
AUGUST 15 - WORLDS, COMMONWEALTH GAMES WAG TEAMS NAMED
Congratulations to the following athletes will be representing Canada at the World Championships (Rotterdam, Netherlands) and Commonwealth Games (Delhi, India).
The women's Worlds team heads to Mexico late August to compete at the Pan Am Gymnastics Championships, a test event of sorts for the next Pan Am Games.
JULY 18 - CATCHING UP WITH BRITTANY ROGERS
World Gymnastics has published an interview with Brittany Rogers, currently sidelined with a fractured foot. Britt speaks candidly about the injury, her gymnastics, the push to 2012, and her interest in acting.
JULY 16 - BLUEWATER WRAPS UP SUCCESSFUL WOMEN'S CAMP
Photo: Bluewater Gymnastics
Bluewater Gymnastics hosted a preparation camp in anticipation of the Commonwealth Games (Delhi, India) and World Championships (Rotterdam, Netherlands).
Bluewater hopes to field two athletes to the upcoming teams, Dominique Pegg and Emma Willis.
Photos: Facebook: Bluewater Gymnastics
JUNE 26 - 2010 CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS VIDEOS
First set of videos currently uploading (Novice HP)...
JUNE 23 - LO BELLO EMBRACES CHALLENGES
After two years as the number one gymnast in Canada's "Open" division, Carrina Lo Bello was ready for a bigger challenge.
Interview with Carrina Lo Bello on Examiner.com
JUNE 20 - KLARENBACH FINISHES SIXTH AT WORLD CUP (PORTUGAL)
Kristin Klarenbach finished sixth on floor and seventh on beam at today's World Cup final in Portugal.
JUNE 18 - LIVE RESULTS FROM WORLD CUP IN PORTUGAL
Competing on her 17th birthday, Kristin Klarenbach qualified to two apparatus finals at today's World Cup in Portugal. An uncharacteristic fall on her first vault (after a seven minute delay) leaves her out of the vault final, but sitting as first alternate.
JUNE 16 - VLADIMIR LASHIN RESIGNS
Vladimir Lashin has resigned as Canada's Women's National Team Coach, just over a year after taking on the position. See Examiner.com for more.
JUNE 11 - CATCHING UP WITH KYLE SHEWFELT
Interview with Kyle Shewfelt on Examiner.com
MAY - 2010 CANADIAN GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Kamloops, B.C. played host to the Canadian Gymnastics Championships this month. Veterans Nathan Gafuik and Kristina Vaculik won the senior men's and women's titles, respectively.
Apologies for the delayed news, but I had other duties competing for my attention in Kamloops! Here are some sites that recap the event:
Gymnastics Canada Gymnastique:
Gafuik and Vaculik Golden
Birl Runs Away with...Junior Title
Gafuik and Vaculik Win Titles
Gardiner tops field in Women's Prelims
Next Olympics Looms Large....
Daily blogs from Gymnastics Examiner
Blogs from GymnasticsCoaching.com
Gymnastike (Contributor Rick McCharles)
MAY 26 - KYLE SHEWFELT INVITATIONAL
The Jurassic Classic is morphing into something bigger 'n better than ever!
MAY 24 - GETTING TO LONDON ON A DIME
Canada's WAG program struggles for funding (link: Globe and Mail)
MAY 9 - LEBLOND-CHARTRAND FOURTH ON BEAM AT MARIBOR
Coralie Leblond-Chartrand came close to a medal on beam at this weekend's Salamunov Memorial, a World Cup event held in Maribor, Slovenia. She finished fourth on beam, as well as sixth on bars and seventh on floor.
Miranda Meyer also competed in Maribor this weekend, but did not advance to any finals.
Leblond-Chartrand vault final
Leblond-Chartrand beam final
Leblond-Chartrand floor final
MAY 4 - COACHING POSITION AVAILABLE AT NORFORT
MAY 3 - SHEWFELT TO BE INDUCTED INTO CANADA'S SPORTS HALL OF FAME
Photo courtesy of Grace Chiu
Kyle Shewfelt is one of eight inductees to be inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame this year. The class of 2010 also includes speed skater Clara Hughes, Paralympic wheelchair athlete Chantal Petitclerc, decorated hockey goaltender Patrick Roy, Formula 1 driver Jacques Villeneuve, and freestyle skier Jean-Luc Brassard are the other athletes who will be inducted. Rounding out the group is Former Own The Podium head Roger Jackson and the late football executive Bob Ackles. The Class of 2010 will be honoured at a dinner in Calgary in November.
Canada's Sports Hall of Fame is set to open in its new home at Calgary's Canada Olympic Park in June 2011. "I'm a born-and-raised Calgarian, so I couldn't be happier," Shewfelt told CBC. "I'm the first artistic gymnast to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. That to me is one of the coolest parts about being in the Hall of Fame."
Kyle shares his excitement upon learning the news!
MAY 2 - CANADA PICKS UP SIX MEDALS IN APPARATUS FINALS
Pegg, Gardiner, and Vaculik pose with their medals from EF
Photo courtesy of The Couch Gymnast
Canada's artistic gymnasts wrapped up their Pacific Rim competition this weekend with 6 medals, including golds from Dominique Pegg on senior women's vault and gold from Jaylan Birl on junior men's vault.
Nathan Gafuik: 2nd V, 3rd PB, 8th PH, 4th HB
Kevin Lytwyn: 6th FX, 4th R (tie), 6th PB
Jason Scott: 6th PH, 8th HB
Jaylan Birl - 1st V, 5th FX, 6th PH
Robert Watson - 6th FX, 4th R, 5th V
Tariq Dowers - 7th PH
Dominique Pegg: 1st V, 7th BB
Kristina Vaculik: 3rd FX, 4th V, 4th UB, 6th BB
Madeline Gardiner: 3rd BB, 7th UB, 7th FX
Sabrina Gill: 7th V (tie), 7th BB
Quick hits (men's EF): http://www.gymnastics.org.au/?page=16218&format=
Quick hits (women's EF): http://www.gymnastics.org.au/?page=16224&format=
APRIL 30 - CANADA FINISHES FOURTH AT PACIFIC RIM
Pegg, Vaculik, Gill and Gardiner
Photo courtesy of The Couch Gymnast
Canada took fourth place at today's Pacific Rim, led by Kristina Vaculik who placed 6th in the all-around (54.900). Teammate Dominique Pegg finished 8th all-around (53.600), and Brittany Rogers was unable to finish the competition after missing her dismount on beam (ankle injury suspected).
Juniors included Madeline Gardiner (4th AA, 53.400) and Sabrina Gill (9th AA, 51.400). Junior Riley Cholod had to sit out after pulling her hamstring in training."It was a good experience for the team and girls, and really important for team building. We had a few struggles but we worked through the struggles, and kept our spirits up. We have really learnt to work together as a team."
The team event was won by the USA, with the Americans taking the top spots in both the senior (Rebecca Bross) and junior (Jordyn Wieber) all-arounds. Team silver went to China, and the Australian hosts took bronze.
Photos courtesy of The Couch Gymnast
Quick hits: http://www.gymnastics.org.au/default.asp?Page=16201
Senior Women's all-around
Junior Women's all-around
APRIL 29 - GAFUIK WINS GOLD AT PACIFIC RIM; TEAM FINISHES THIRD
Photo courtesy of
The Couch Gymnast
2008 Olympian Nathan Gafuik topped the field at today's Pacific Rim, winning gold in the senior men's all-around. In the combined team/all-around event, team Canada won bronze. The win is a confidence booster for Gafuik, ?It feels pretty good,? Gafuik told Gymnastics Australia. ?The Pacific Rim is a big competition on our calendar and I was really happy that I was in good shape to give it a good go and I did a good job tonight. It was pretty sketchy in the middle [falls on high bar and floor], but I got there in the end.?
In junior men's, Jaylan Birl placed 5th all-around, Robert Watson 9th all-around, and Tariq Dowers 12th AA. (Canada's other two team members, Kevin Lytwyn and Jason Scott, did not compete all-around).
Fun tidbit courtesy of The Couch Gymnast: Rumour has it that Gymnastics Mississauga Coach Chris Foo bet the guys they'd win team bronze. If they did, he promised to get a tattoo covering his entire back. Don't do it!
Senior Men's all-around
Junior Men's all-around
Quick Hits: http://www.gymnastics.org.au/default.asp?Page=16179
Videos from training: YouTube
The women compete tomorrow. Riley Cholod pulled her hamstring training beam and is unable to compete.
APRIL 15 - DAMIANOVA SIGNS WITH UTAH
2008 Olympian Nansy Damianova is joining the Utes this September!
"I'm very happy and proud to join Utah's prestigious gymnastics program," Damianova told the University of Utah. "As a child, my goal was to compete at the Olympic Games. I put all my time, energy and focus on achieving that goal and I enjoyed every minute in Beijing in 2008. It was a wonderful experience and I'll cherish it forever. After living through this very high intensity journey, I needed a little time to adjust to a new life as a young woman and plan my future. I found that my love of gymnastics was so strong that I couldn't see myself without it. With the help of my coaches and parents, I decided to look into competing at the NCAA level and the University of Utah seems to me the best program to achieve my new goals."
Added Damianova, "I'm very happy to start a new life in Salt Lake City and look forward to joining the team. Training with the girls and competing in front of the best gymnastics crowd I've ever seen will be amazing! Just as I did for 10 years to reach the Olympics, I'm ready to put all my energy, efforts and time on helping the Utah team achieve its goals. I'm very proud to say that I'm a Ute!"
APRIL 11 - PACIFIC RIM TEAMS ANNOUNCES
The nominative roster for the upcoming 2010 Pacific Rim in Australia has been announced. Canada's MAG team includes Nathan Gafuik, Jason Scott, Kevin Lytwyn, Robert Watson, Jaylan Birl, and Tariq Dowers. The women will be represented by Brittany Rogers, Kristina Vaculik, Dominique Pegg, Madeline Gardiner, Riley Cholod, and Sabrina Gill in place of an injured Mikaela Gerber (ankle).
Link: Gymnastics Australia
APRIL 11 - ROGERS FINISHES SIXTH ON VAULT AT FRENCH INT'L
Brittany Rogers finished sixth in the vault at today's French International. She sat down her first vaul, a Yurchenko 1?. Gold went to the home crowd's Youna Dufournet (FRA), silver to Tong Jiang (CHN), and bronze to Natassia Zaitseva (BLR).
APRIL 10 - ROGERS QUALIFIES TO VAULT FINAL AT FRENCH INTERNATIONAL
Brittany Rogers qualified to the vault final at today's French International. She sits in fifth place, averaging 13.46 across two vaults.
1 Dufournet 14.41
2 Jiang 14.13
3 Pulgarin 13.62
4 Little 13.56
5 Rogers 13.46
6 Rippin 13.32
7 Zaitsava 13.28
8 Janik 13.28
It was a rough day for Dominique Pegg and Nathan Gafuik, neither of whom advance to finals.
APRIL 4 - WILD ROSE CONCLUDES
2009 Worlds medallist Siu Lu emerged as the most successful athlete following this weekend's Triple Flip Wild Rose International Invitational. Siu placed third in yesterday's all-around, and today took two golds (beam and floor) and a bronze (bars). Teammate Jiang Yuyuan won gold on bars, and Canada's Gabrielle May won vault.
In the junior category, gold medallists included Sabrina Gill (vault, floor), Riley Cholod (bars), and Stefanie Merkle (beam).
1. Gabrielle May
2. Sarah Flett
3. Charlotte Mackie
1. Sabrina Gill
2. Maegan Chant
3. Briannah Tsang
1. Jiang Yuyuan (CHN)
2. Deng Linlin (CHN)
3. Siu Lu (CHN)
1. Riley Cholod
2. Shae Zamardi
3. Samantha Ward
1. Siu Lu (CHN)
2. Deng Linlin (CHN)
3. Cynthia Lemieux
1. Stefanie Merkle
2. Riley Cholod
3. Rose-Kalam Woo
1. Siu Lu (CHN)
2. Deng Linlin (CHN)
3. Jiang Yuyuan (CHN)
1. Sabrina Gill
2. Riley Cholod
3. Stefanie Merkle
Videos are available at Gymn.ca's YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/GymnCA
APRIL 3 - CHINESE SWEEP WILD ROSE
2008 Olympian Deng Linlin (CHN) won the all-around at today's Triple Flip Wild Rose International Invitational. Her teammates Jiang Yuyuan and Siu Lu placed second and third, respectively. The top placing Canadian was Cynthia Lemieux, who placed fourth.
Riley Cholod of Canada won the junior category, with Maegan Chant and Samantha Ward tying for second.
1 58.900 - Deng LinLin (China)
2 57.550 - Jiang Yuyuan (China)
3 56.350 - Sui Lu (China)
4 52.900 - Cynthia Lemieux-Guillemette (CANADA Senior Team 1 (Canada))
5 52.650 - Jessica Savona (Oakville Gym Club (Ontario/ Canada))
6 50.500 - Charlotte Mackie (CANADA Senior Team 1 (Canada))
? ???????Save?????? 7 49.750 - Catherine Dion (Gym?tes Gymnastique (Qu?c/ Canada))
8 49.600 - Gabrielle May (Panthers Gymnastics Club (Manitoba/ Canada))
9 49.350 - Jessica Dowling (Oakville Gym Club (Ontario/ Canada)
10 47.950 - Bianca Dancose-Giambattisto (CANADA Senior Team 1 (Canada))
11 47.800 - Cassandra Harrison (Capital City Gymnastics (Alberta/ Canada))
12 47.200 - Carrina Lo Bello (Gemini Gymnastics (Ontario/ Canada))
13 26.450 - Miranda Meyer (Canada (Individuals))
14 9.950 - Ashley Quinton (Stampede City Gymnastics (Alberta/ Canada))
1 53.400 - Riley Cholod (CANADA Junior Team 1 (Canada))
2= 51.100 - Maegan Chant (CANADA Junior Team 2 (Canada))
2= 51.100 - Samantha Ward (Capital City Gymnastics (Alberta/ Canada))
4 50.800 - Sabrina Gill (Oakville Gym Club (Ontario/ Canada))
5 50.700 - Stefanie Merkle (CANADA Junior Team 1 (Canada))
6 49.950 - Taylor Ricci (Flicka Gymnastics (British Columbia/ Canada))
7 49.850 - Briannah Tsang (CANADA Junior Team 2 (Canada))
8 49.650 - Shae Zamardi (CANADA Junior Team 2 (Canada)
9 49.000 - Jordyn Pedersen (Oakville Gym Club (Ontario/ Canada))
10 48.900 - Silvia Colussi-Pelaez (Oakville Gym Club (Ontario/ Canada))
11 48.250 - Paige Blaney (Capital City Gymnastics (Alberta/ Canada))
12 47.150 - Caroline Jones (Tolworth Gym Club (United Kingdom))
13 46.950 - Emily Lennon (Gymtastics Gym Club (Alberta/ Canada))
14 46.300 - Demi Pas (Stampede City Gymnastics (Alberta/ Canada))
Cancel??????Close?????Edit File????Whe 15 45.350 - Victoria-Kayen Woo (Gym-Richelieu (Qu?c/ Canada))
Tomorrow the gymnasts compete in the event finals.
Videos are available at Gymn.ca's YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/GymnCA
APRIL 1 - A WILD ROSE EASTER
Edmonton is hosting the 2010 Triple Flip Wild Rose International Invitational this Easter weekend in Edmonton. Headlining the event is the team from China, which includes two members from the gold medal winnings 2008 Olympic team: Deng Linlin and Jiang Yuyuan. Rounding out the team is Sui Lu, a bronze medallist on floor from the recent World Championships.
Canadians competing in the senior category include Cynthia Lemieux, Charlotte Mackie, Sydney Sawa, Miranda Meyer, Cassandra Harrison, Gabrielle May, Ashley Quinton, Catherine Dion, Carrina Lo Bello, Jessica Savona, and Jessica Dowling. The junior category features Riley Cholod, Stefanie Merkle, Briannah Tsang, Shae Zamardi, Meagan Chant, Paige Blaney, Emily Lennon, Demi Pas, Taylor Ricci, Silvia Colussi-Palaez, Jordyn Pedersen, Sabrina Gill, and Victoria-Kayen Woo.
Training session (open to the public): Friday April 2 @ 5:00 PM
Preliminaries: Saturday April 3 @ 2:30 PM;
Apparatus Finals: Sunday April 4 @ 2:30 PM
Tickets are available at the door.
More: Edmonton Journal (Apparently Deng cited "fresh air" as her first impression of Canada!)
MARCH 23/24 - DANCOSE-GIAMBATTISTO WINS BRONZE AT DOHA
Bianca Dancose-Giambattisto won a bronze on bars on the first day of finals at the World Cup event in Doha, Qatar. Teammate Laurie Eve Pepin-Gagne retained her ranking from prelims, finishing fourth.
1. Huang Qiushuang (CHN) 15.025
2. Wu Liufang (CHN) 13.850
3. Bianca Dancose-Giambattisto (CAN) 13.800
4. Laurie-Eve Pepin-Gagne (CAN) 13.725
5. Pihan (POL) 13.625
6. Gustaffson (SWE) 13.325
7. Hypolito (BRA) 12.750
8. Belak 10.975
On the second day of finals, Dancose-Giambattisto struggled on beam (fell on double turn) to finish fourth. She also placed 8th on floor.
MARCH 22 - DANCOSE-GIAMBATTISTO QUALIFIES TO THREE FINALS AT DOHA
Bianca Dancose-Giambattisto qualified to three apparatus finals at today's World Cup event in Doha, Qatar. Her highest placement came on beam, where she sits second going into the final. She is also ranked third on bars (with teammate Laurie Eve Pepin-Gagne qualified in fourth on the same apparatus), and eighth on floor.
Results: Women's prelims
MARCH 19 - GAFUIK AND UNICK WIN AT JURASSIC CLASSIC
Locals Nathan Gafuik and Anysia Unick topped their fields at today's Jurassic Classic. For Gafuik, the meet served as a tune-up for his upcoming participation at the 2010 French International. Unick just returned from Europe, competing last weekend at the 2010 Cottbus Cup where she earned a silver on bars.
Competition continues at the U of Calgary tonight, with the apparatus finals.
Men's results: http://jurassicclassic.com/results/78-session-4b-men-nat-jr-a-sr-aa.html
Women's results: http://jurassicclassic.com/results/79-session-4a-womens-nat-open-jr-hp-sr-novice.html
In its heyday, the Jurassic Classic hosted international elites (e.g., In 2002, Olympic champion Carly Patterson topped the field at Jurassic). International Elites are once again returning to the Wild Rose competition. Perhaps Jurassic will follow suit, next year?
MARCH 16 - HOPFNER-HIBBS NOT RULING OUT A RETURN TO ELITE
In a new interview with International Gymnast magazine, 2008 Olympian Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs shares that she's not ruling out a return to elite competition! "...I've told them [Gymnastics Canada] that basically I'm focused on college gymnastics this year, and after that, we'll see," Hopfner-Hibbs told IG.
MARCH 14 - VACULIK PICKS UP FOUR MEDALS AT COTTBUS
Kristina Vaculik earned gold on floor and a silver on beam at today's Cottbus Cup, in Germany. These medals bring Vaculik's weekend tally to four! Yesterday she won a silver on vault and gold on bars yesterday. Alysia Unick, who picked up a silver on bars yesterday, placed 6th in the floor final (equaling her rank from the qualification round).
1. Solovyeva (RUS) 14,775
2. Vaculik (CAN) 14,425
3. Millousi (GRE) 14,250
4. Hindermann (GER) 13,475
5. Maike Roll (GER) 13,425
6. Diacci (SUI) 13,225
7. Novak (SLO) 12,725
8. Pihan-Kulesza (POL) 12,375
1. Vaculik (CAN) 13,950
1. Pihan-Kulesza (POL) 13,950
3. Diacci (SUI) 13,175
4. Solovyeva (RUS) 13,100
5. Maike Roll (GER) 12,975
6. Unick (CAN) 12,950
7. Hindermann (GER) 12,850
8. Volodchenko (UZB) 12,425
Vaculik on floor: floor, beam, bars, vault
Unick on bars: bars, floor, vault
MARCH 13 - VACULIK, UNICK MEDAL AT COTTBUS
Kristina Vaculik earned two medals at today's Cottbus Cup, a gold on bars and a silver on vault. Competing in her first World Cup event, Alysia Unick placed second on bars. Both girls are competing in tomorrow's finals: Kristina Vaculik sits 4th on beam and floor, and Unick 6th on floor, after the qualifying rounds.
1. Chusovitina (GER) 13,875
2. Vaculik (CAN) 13,787
3. Toth (HUN) 13,625
4. Unick (CAN) 13,512
5. Kysselef (SLO) 13,387
6. Belak (SLO) 13,350
7. Litewka (POL) 13,287
8. Tkalcec (CRO) 12,512
1. Vaculik (CAN) 14,050
2. Unick (CAN) 13,775
3. Hindermann (GER) 13,750
4. Roll (GER) 13,600
5. Sikulova (CZE) 13,550
6. Solovyeva (RUS) 12,700
7. Toth (HUN) 11,750
8. Millousi (GRE) 11,175
MARCH 7 - LYTWYN, GAFUIK OWN PODIUM AT GYMNIX
Congratulations to team Canada for a strong medal haul at the 2010 Gymnix World Cup Kevin Lytwyn and Nathan Gafuik owned the podium!
Kevin Lytwyn: 1st Rings, 3rd Floor, 3rd P-bars
Nathan Gafuik: 1st Vault
Ken Ikeda: 2nd Pommels, 2nd P-bars
Jackson Payne: 3rd HB
An invitational on the women's side (not a World Cup event), Kristina Vaculik added more titles to her impressive comeback. She won the senior all-around and took the event titles for bars, beam, and floor. Rounding out the all-around podium were Cynthia Lemieux and Nansy Damianova. Anysia Unick won vault.
Amongst the juniors, team Canada 1 placed first followed by Russia and team Canada 2. Individually, Madeline Gardiner (CAN) topped the field followed by Riley Cholod (CAN), and Mariya Karpova (RUS). Canadians won three of four apparatus finals: Brianna Tsang (vault), Riley Cholod (bars), and Madeline Gardiner (beam). Dianna Bulimar (ROM) topped on floor.
Videos are available at http://www.youtube.com/user/danafan1
MARCH 6 - DOWERS TAKES BRONZE AT JUNIOR TEAM CUP IN BERLIN
Tariq Dowers placed third in the youth category (ages 15-16) at the 15th Annual International Junior Team Cup today in Berlin. The category was won by Japan's Iguchi Daisuke, with Switzerland's Eddy Yusof taking second.
Robert Watson placed 20th in the junior division.
MARCH 6 - PEGG SEVENTH AT AMERICAN CUP
Dominique Pegg placed seventh at today's American Cup in Worchester, MA. The event was one by American Rebecca Bross, who finished second at last year's World Championships. Silver went to fellow American Alexandra Raisman, and bronze to Jessica Lopez of Venezuela.
An archived webcast is available at USAG.
FEBRUARY 28 - GAFUIK CLAIMS ELITE CANADA TITLE
Nathan Gafuik has reclaimed the senior men's Elite Canada title, an event he won in 2007. Second place went to Ken Ikeda, with Hugh Smith taking bronze. Ikeda also topped the field on pommels and p-bars, Smith reigned on vault, and Anderson Loran posted the top score on floor.
Robert Watson won the junior men's elite title, also claiming victories on high bar and floor.
Full results are available at Gymcan.
FEBRUARY 21 - VACULIK, CHOLOD TOP AT NADIA COMANECI INVITATIONAL
Kristina Vaculik and junior teammate Riley Cholod, both from Gemini Gymnastics, won the senior and junior divisions at this weekend's Nadia Comaneci Invitational. The competition featured gymnasts from Australia, Canada, Israel, Mexico, Romania, Ukraine, USA, and Venezuela.
Re-live the competition with International Gymnast's quick hits!
FEBRUARY 17 - PEGG SECOND AT WOGA CLASSIC
Bigras and Pegg at the 2010 WOGA Classic.
Photo courtesy of the Bluewater Gymnastics
Dominique Pegg took silver in last weekend's WOGA Classic in Frisco, TX. First place went to the home club's Sophia Lee. Rounding out the podium was Kayla Williams, gold medallist on vault at last year's Worlds.
"The WOGA Classic was an excellent event for Dominique to try and hone her skills and try a few new ones to test their stability..." her coach Elizabeth Brubaker told OGF.
Other Canadians competing in WOGA Classic's senior division included Emily Bigras (9th AA), Gabrielle May (10th AA), Bianca Dancose-Giambattisto (11th AA), Rochelle Bernier (12th), and Cynthia Lemieux (14th AA).
Rochelle Hurt was Canada's top competitor in the junior division. Nursing a torn ligament in her toe, Hurt managed to place 4th AA and tie for gold on beam. Other Canadians competing in the junior division included Anna Gamelo (9th AA), Samantha Ward (10th), Brielle Wilchuck (11th), and Paige Blaney (12th).
Up next for most of these girls is L'International Gymnix, with several moving on to the Wild Rose Invitational early April. Dominique Pegg is taking a different path; Next up for her is the American Cup, taking place March 6 in a suburb of Boston. "When I first received the news that I was invited to attend the American Cup, I knew this was a major competition, but it didn?t really hit me right away," Pegg told International Gymnast. "Once it sunk in I started looking into it a lot more, then I got very excited. I realized how prestigious this competition really was, and I felt very honored to be a part of this experience."
In April Pegg travels to Melbourne, Australia for the Pacific Rim Championships.
WOGA Classic Results:
Videos from the 2010 WOGA Classic can be found on youtube:
FEBRUARY 10 - JUST BOUNCE SEEKING STAFF
Just Bounce Trampoline Club Inc. requires additional administrative help to accommodate growing demand for their programs! Link....
FEBRUARY 4 - 2010 WILD ROSE TAKING SHAPE
Confirmations are pouring in for the upcoming 2010 Triple Flip Wild Rose International Invitational, scheduled for April 3-4 in Edmonton. Headlining the team from China are Deng Linlin and Jiang Yuyuan, members of China's gold medal Olympic team from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Rounding out the team is Sui Lu, a bronze medallist on floor from the recent World Championships. Also confirmed to compete are elites from Canada (team to be picked in March), USA, and England.
Training session (open to the public): Friday April 2 @ 5:00 PM
Preliminaries: Saturday April 3 @ 2:30 PM;
Apparatus Finals: Sunday April 4 @ 2:30 PM
Advanced ticket sale starts March 1, 2010 and goes until March 25. Tickets can be purchased for single days or for the entire weekend.
FEBRUARY 4 - WARREN LONG PHOTOGRAPHY
1984 Olympic Vault finalist Warren Long (CAN) recently posted some photographs from his elite and NCAA careers. Today he coaches at Taiso, in Saskatoon.
FEBRUARY 4 - TUNE INTO RICK MERCER FEBRUARY 9Next week on the Mercer Report, Rick travels to Calgary's Olympic Park and Olympic Oval to transform Canadian gymnast and Gold Medallist Kyle Shewfelt into a Winter Olympian, with a few surprises along the way! The Mercer Report airs on CBC on Tuesday February 9. Check your local listings for times!
Preview photos available at Rick Mercer Reports (Facebook)
JANUARY 28 - OTTAWA SEEKING PROVINCIAL COACH
The Ottawa Gymnastics Centre (OGC) is seeking a provincial level coach. Link....
JANUARY 28 - RICHARDSON RUNS IN VANCOUVER 2012 TORCH RELAY
Kate Runs with Vancouver 2010 Torch. (Click for larger image). Photo courtesy of Christie Schellenberg-Geissler
Two-time Olympian Kate Richardson ran with the Vancouver 2010 torch yesterday in Kamloops!
JANUARY 28 - VACULIK TO ATTEND STANFORD, STILL AIMING FOR LONDON 2012
Kristina Vaculik plans to enroll at Stanford this fall, representing the Cardinals in NCAA competition. She then plans to defer for a year, to concentrate on helping Canada qualify a team to the 2012 Olympics. (Link: International Gymnast)
JANUARY 18 - SHEWFELT RUNS IN VANCOUVER 2010 TORCH RELAY
Kyle Shewfelt took part in today's Vancouver 2010 Olympic torch relay, carrying the torch some 300 meter along Calgary's Red Mile. To mark the torch's homecoming, the City of Calgary organized a bash at Olympic Plaza (site of the medal ceremonies at the 1988 Olympic Games). Several other Olympians were also hand signing autographs, including 2008 Beijing teammate Nathan Gafuik.
The experience lived up to Shewfelt's expectations, "While I was running, I was thinking about the power of the flame and how tonight; it brought all of us together in celebration of something so amazing and powerful!"
Earlier in the day Shewfelt published a blog, "I'm Running the Olympic Torch, Baby!", detailing his childhood memories of seeing the 1988 torch run, what the flame means to him, and recollecting on his success at the Olympic Games.
Photos copyright Gymn.ca
JANUARY 17 - MEN WRAP UP GBR-CAN-JPN TRAINING CAMP IN ENGLAND
Men's gymnastics teams from Great Britain, Japan, and Canada wrapped up a ten day training camp today in Shropshire, England, site of Britain's Lilleshall National Sports Training Centre. Representing Canada was Casey Sandy, Jaylan Birl, Jason Scott, Robert Watson, and Jayd Lukenchuck.
More details can be found at BAGA
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