DECEMBER 24 - IG: HOFLAND CONFIDENT GOING INTO NEW YEAR
"The competition was an amazing experience and certainly gave me
confidence for the new season," said Hofland, who also placed seventh on
vault, tied for seventh on floor exercise, and placed eighth all-around and on
uneven bars in Glasgow. "It made me realize that my skill level on some
of events, bars and beam, is where it needs to be in order to compete
internationally." ...Hofland said her experience in Glasgow should help her as
she tries to earn a spot on the Canadian team for next year's World
Championships in Antwerp and other competitions.
Sabrina Gill earned two medals at this weekend's Toyota Cup in Tokyo,
Japan. She placed second on bars behind Japan's Rie Tanaka and third on floor
behind Japan's Koko Tsurumi and Mai Marakami. She also placed 7th on beam. Gill
did not try out for Canada's 2012 Olympic team, needing a break from the sport
but she's back training at Futures gymnastics - with medals to show!
The men's competition was well represented for Canada, with a number of
entrants. Leading the pack were Hugh Smith and Ken Ikeda, who each
won a bronze (floor for Smith and pommels for Ikeda). Smith also placed 4th on
vault, 7th on high bar, and 8th on rings while Ikeda also placed 5th on high bar
and 7th on p-bars.
Zach Clay came close to medalling, placing 4th on p-bars. He also
finished 6th on vault, 7th on floor, and 8th on p-bars.
DECEMBER 9 - HOFLAND PLACES 8TH AT GLASGOW GRAND PRIX
In her final competition of the year, Kaitlyn Hofland placed eighth
all-around at the 2012 Glasgow Grand Prix. The event was won by 2012 Olympic
alternate Elizabeth Price (USA), with Elisabeth Sietz and Kim
of Germany, taking silver and bronze.
Hofland's most impressive performance came on beam, where she ranked third
among the 8 contestants.
Glasgow plays host to two big-name events next quadrennium: 2014 Commonwealth
Games and 2015 World Championships. Hofland, who has signed with the University
of Utah, is deferring NCAA in a bid to compete at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de
Gymnastics Club is the largest gymnastics club on the West Coast of the Province
of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. We
have approximately 350 gymnasts ranging in age from 18 months to 19 years of age
enrolled in various programs. Our
Club has approximately 30 competitive gymnasts, 2 competitive cheer teams, 2
parkour groups and various recreational gymnastics programs.
Scott Morgan led Team Canada (along with Loran Anderson, Joshua
Stuart and Robert Watson) to an eighth place
finish today in the team qualification at the DTB Cup in Stuttgart, Germany.
Individually, he placed third on floor (15.00). With only the top four men advancing to the team final, the competition is over
for the Canadians.
1. JPN � 181.629
2. RUS � 176.295
3. GBR � 175.930
4. BRA � 174.428
5. GER - 172.700
6. SUI - 169.950
7. PUR - 166.600
8. CAN - 166.450
The Canadians each walked away with a medal in today's apparatus finals, at
the Top Gym invitational in Charleroi, Belgium. Rose Woo won gold on
bars, and placed 9th on beam. Shallon Olson took silver on vault, and
placed 7th on floor.
NOVEMBER 24 - OLSON WINS TOP GYM
Fresh off competition in neighboring France last weekend, Shallon Olson
and Rose Woo took top honours at the Top Gym competition in
Olson placed first in the all-around, securing 54.950 points. Woo
placed second (53.400), with Great Britain's Georgina Hockenhull placing
Together, the Canadians posted the top scores on three of four
apparatus: Olson topped the first on vault and floor, while Woo bested on
beam with the highest apparatus score of the day (14.75). Both girls
advance to the apparatus finals tomorrow.
NOVEMBER 18 - MASSILIA CONCLUDES WITH MEDALS FOR CANADA
Canadians scored three medals in the final day of competition today in
France. Sabrina Gill vaulted to bronze, Gabriella Douglas took
gold on beam, with Heaven Latimer dancing to silver on floor.
Competition continues next weekend in Charleroi, Belgium with Shallon
Olson and Rose Woo competing at the Top Gym International.
NOVEMBER 17 - CANADIAN SENIORS PLACE SECOND AT TOP MASSILIA
Team Canada (Kaitlyn Hofland, Victoria Moors, Stefanie Merkle) took
the silver medal at the 2012 Top Massilia competition, behind Russia. Leading
the team was Olympian Victoria Moors, who finished fifth in the individual
standings. She also debuted a new floor routine:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-6nCU7dU5A
The team competed one athlete short, after Briannah Tsang peeled off bars in
training two days prior.
The club team from Futures placed third.
Canadian juniors Aleeza Yu of Richmond Hill, Ont., Victoria-Kayen Woo and Ivy
Lu, both of Montreal and Heaven Latimer of Burford, Ont., also competed in the
team event and placed fifth.
NOVEMBER 16 - CANADIANS ADVANCE TO TOP MASSILIA
The club team from Futures won today's Open Massilia, earning a berth to
tomorrow's Top Massilia competition. Team Sweden placed second thanks to a
tie-breaker that saw Team Canada juniors place third. They, too, advance to
tomorrow's competition where they will be joined by Team Canada seniors.
3. Canada Open 152.60 Heaven Latimer, Victoria Woo, Ivy Lu, Aleeza Yu
Individually, Silvia Colussi Pelaez posted the highest all-around
Individual results of the Open Massilia (Juniors) 2012: 1. Silvia Colussi Pelaez (Futures): 52.750
2. Louise Vanhille (France Junior): 52.550
3. Sydney Townsend (Canada): 52.450
4. Heaven Latimer (Canada) 51.250
5. Victoria Kayen Woo (Canada) 51.050
6. Ida Gustaffson (Sweden) 51.000
7. Sabrina Gill (Canada) 50.850
8. Emma Larsson (Sweden): 50.250
9. Emilie Dumont (Canada): 50.050
10. Sarah Pais (France): 49.950
Earlier today, Rose Woo and Shallon Olsen placed 1-2 in age
NOVEMBER 10 - LATIMER LEAVES COMBS WITH FOUR MEDALS
Heaven Latimer added two more medals today, gold on floor and silver
on vault, making her the most decorated Canadian at this weekend's competition
in Combs-la-Ville, France. Also winning medals were Canadians Taylor
Chan (gold on vault), Ivy Lu (gold on beam), Sydney Townsend
(bronze on vault and bars).
NOVEMBER 9 - CANADIANS WIN COMBS-LA-VILLE MEET
Team Canada (Heaven Latimer, Ivy Lu, Sydney Townsend) won gold at
today's junior meet in Combs-la-Ville, France. The host team from France placed
second, with the Belgians in third place.
Individually, Sarah Pais of France won gold with Latimer and Townsend
finishing 2-3 for a strong Canadian finish.
OCTOBER 14 - LORAN 8TH AT MEXICO OPEN
Canada's Anderson Loran placed eighth today at the Mexico Open, in Acapulco.
SEPTEMBER 30 - WATSON WINS SILVER ON P-BARS IN HUNGARY
Canada's Robert Watson took silver on parallel bars this weekend at
4th Hungarian Gymnastics Grand Prix in Szombathely, Hungary. �I didn't expect parallel bars to be my best event
but I knew that if I hit my routine I would be able to rank high,� Watson told
Gymnastics Canada. It was Watson's only appearance in the finals, still
recovering from a back injury.
Club mate Joshua Stuart qualified to three finals, finishing 5th on high bar
and 6th on rings and p-bars.
Yesterday, Stuart finished 8th AA and Watson 9th
AUGUST 12 - LONDON DELIVERS!
What an Olympics! Congratulations goes out the Team Canada on so many fronts.
Rosie MacLennan bounces to gold in Trampoline - Canada's lone gold of these
Games! Canada's women's gymnastics finishes an historic 5th place in the team
competition, with Dominique Pegg advancing to the all-around, and Ellie Black
and Brittany Rogers vaulting in the apparatus finals.
JULY 27 - OLYMPIC FEVER
The London 2012 Olympics begin today, but most gymnasts will be skipping the
opening ceremony with preliminary competition taking place over the next two
days. What will London 2012 hold....?
(Editor's note: I am working the Games in London, and will be unable to
make site updates)
JULY 15 - MERKLE SIGNS WITH OHIO STATE
Via Stefanie Merkle's Facebook page:
I'm excited to
announce, I have verbally committed to join Ohio State's women's gymnastics
team in 2014/15. GO BUCKEYES!
Gymnastics Canada has chosen the top 5 athletes, ranked by the points system,
to represent Canada at the 2012 Olympic Games:
First Reserve: Jessica Savona
Second Reserve: Maddie Gardiner
It�s just an incredible feeling,� Vaculik told Gymnastics Canada.
�I�ve wanted to go to the Olympics for a long time. Now I�m just going to
be working hard every day, marking down the time to the Olympics and being
really excited about what I�m doing.�
�I�m just so excited to be going to the Olympics,� said Moors, who's
gunning for a spot in the floor final in London. "I�ve been doing my
floor routine for several years and it�s just a case of practice makes
perfect. I�m still working to make it better.�
�I knew I had a solid performance this week but I didn�t know how close I
was and as soon as they announced my name I wanted to drop,� said Rogers.
�I�ve worked so hard for this and I�m really glad that all that hard work
has paid off. It�s a dream come true. It�s incredible.�
�The first day was a little shaky because of all the pressure but this is what
we�ve been working for our whole lives,� said Pegg. �We do what we love
and what we need to do to get through it all.�
off the raw score providing from GymCan's tweets.
courtesy of Alex White (LSUduck)
JUNE 27 - CAPITAL SEEKING WAG DIRECTOR AND COACH
City Gymnastics Club in Edmonton, AB is currently looking for a full time
women's competitive coach and Developmental Program Director.
JUNE 26 - VACULIK WINS DAY 1 OLYMPIC TRIALS
Piecing together the scores from @kyleshew,
who was at Trials today.... Thanks Kyle! He's also posting video: YouTube
If the calculations are correct, today solidified Kristina Vaculik and
Victoria Moors as future Olympians. �I�ve just been taking one
thing at a time and this has been another big stepping stone towards
London,� Vaculik told Gymnastics Canada. �I haven�t been focusing on
points, but on my routines and setting my sights on the Olympics.�
Making the best gain today was Brittany
Rogers, with Jessica Savona earning the fourth highest amount
of points. Black earns points on vault and beam, but missed out with her
vault being downgraded and struggling on floor.
Day 1 of trials was especially hard on Dominique Pegg, ranked
third after Nationals but who only earned 5 points today, and Maddie
Gardiner (tied for 6th after Nationals), who did not earn any
Also earning points today were Mikaela Gerber, Briannah Tsang,
and Jessica Dowling. Tsang and Dowling haven't accrued enough
points to jump into contention with day 2 of trials. Fan favourite Gerber
has a steep hill to climb.
Rankings after Day 1 of Trials:
The top four after Trials are automatically named to the team. The
fifth spot is explained in detail in Gymnastics Canada's published
selection criteria. Less than 1 point is believed to
separate Savona from Black.
Unofficial until confirmed by Gymnastics Canada
Going into Trials, best estimate at the points accrued post-Nationals
ranked the girls as follows:
The above scores represent 40%, with scores from Olympic Trials worth
JUNE 24 - CANADIAN JUNIORS WIN PAN AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Canadian juniors took gold this weekend in Medellin, Columbia. Leading
the team was Victoria Woo, who finished second all-around. She was joined
by Aleeza Yu (3rd AA), Ivy Lu (7th AA) and Maegan
Chant (8th AA).
Woo won gold on junior bars and bronze on junior vault. Yu placed
second on junior bars, and Chant placed second on junior floor.
Brazil placed second, and Mexico third.
JUNE 23 - CHIARELLI WITHDRAWS FROM FINAL OLYMPIC SELECTION CAMP
Talia Chiarelli, one of the 5-member squad who qualified Canada's
Olympic berth at January's London Test Event, has official withdrawn from
Olympic consideration citing continued back problems. Chiarelli missed
last month's Canadian National Championships due to stress fractures in
JUNE 11 - GAFUIK NOMINATED TO LONE OLYMPIC SPOT
Nathan Gafuik has officially been named to the lone 2012 Olympic spot
available for Canadian men's gymnastics. The alternate is Kevin Lytwyn,
the only other member of the National team who managed to reach a
The news comes a day after the final opportunity for others to reach
the qualifier score. Jackson Payne, Jayd Lukenchuk, and Mathieu Csukassy
all came up short at the Challenger Cup in Ghent, Belgium. Payne came
closest, on high bar.
"The big skills and release moves were perfect but somehow he
missed a really simple move that led to touching his hands on the
dismount," longtime coach Liang Cheng told TSN. "I think
he probably would have scored high enough to get the Olympic berth if he
didn't make that mistake," said Cheng. "He's very disappointed.
But that's sports. Somebody wins and somebody loses."
Payne finished 19th in the high bar qualification, 35th on parallel
bars and 44th on pommel horse. Lukenchuk placed 15th on parallel bars and
16th on high bar and Csukassy finished 10th on vault, 18th on floor and 30th on rings.
"Our selection process worked well and I think we've got the guy
with the best chance of winning a medal going to the Games," Canadian
men's program director Jeff Thomson told TSN. "If you look at the
scores that are coming out of these World Cup competitions, Gafuik is in
the ball park. If he can improve the quality of that same routine he used
to qualify he has the potential to win a medal at the Olympics.
JUNE 10 - MERKLE FINISHES 6TH IN WORLD CUP DEBUT
Stefanie Merkle placed sixth on floor today, at the Challenger
Cup in Ghent,
Her floor from prelims (where she qualified third):
Merkle was the first reserve on beam, placing 9th in the preliminary round.
Sabrina Tomassini and Paraskevi Babalis also competed, but did not reach any finals.
Tomassini finished 20th on vault, 19th on bars and 13th on floor. Babalis
finished 13th on beam.
City Gymnastics Club in Edmonton, AB is currently looking for a full time
women's competitive coach and Developmental Program Director.
JUNE 2 - CHECKING IN WITH THE OLYMPIC SELECTION PROCESS
There is one final selection camp remaining, until Gymnastics Canada
names the Olympic team. The points tallies were recently posted on GymnasticsCoaching.com:
1. Kristina Vaculik 46.40
2. Victoria Moors 30.80
3. Dominique Pegg 20.10
4. Ellie Black 17.60
5. Jessica Savona 11.80
6. Brittany Rogers 9.20
6. Madeline Gardiner 9.20
8. Mikaela Gerber 5.80 9. Christine Lee 4.00 (Withdrawn from Olympic contention) 10. Talia Chiarelli 3.00 (Did not compete at Canadian Nationals due to
a stress fracture in the back)
11. Jessica Dowling 2.40
11. Stefanie Merkle 2.40
13. Anysia Unick 2.00
13. Briannah Tsang 2.00
15. Laura-Ann Chong 1.20 16. Bianca Dancose-Giambattisto 1.00 (Recovering from ankle surgery)
On the men's side, Nathan Gafuik, Brandon O'Neill, Ken Ikeda, Jackson
Payne, and Jayd Lukenchuk are focused on European meets, vying for a score that
would've qualified them into a final at last year's World Championships.
Nathan Gafuik was the only gymnast at the recent Canadian Nationals,
who achieved the necessary score. He scored 15.300 (7.1 D score), which
would've placed him fourth on high bar at the 2011 Worlds. ?When I saw
the score it there was a huge sigh of relief,? Gafuik told Gymnastics
Friday, Kevin Lytwyn achieved a 15.133 on high bar at the 2012 Salamun
Memorial World Cup event in Maribor, Slovenia. The score would've ranked
him 6th, according to 2011 World Championships high bar
qualification. Both Lytwyn and Gafuik are now eligible for consideration
of the lone Olympic spot.
Brandon O'Neill and Ken Ikeda also competed in Maribor, both missing
the Olympic cut-offs.
Jackson Payne and Jayd Lukenchuk are scheduled to compete at next
weekend's Ghent World Cup.
JUNE 1 - LEE WITHDRAWS FROM OLYMPIC CONTENTION
Last month, Peng Peng Lee was forced to withdraw from the 2012
Canadian Nationals after injuring her knee in podium training. She was attempting
a double twisting Yurchenko, a vault that caused similar grief leading up
to last year's Nationals. Last year it was dislocated knee cap, this year
it's a ACL tear.
Lee formally announced her withdrawal from Olympic contention
yesterday, via social media:
to my knee I've officially withdrawn from the Olympics but I'm ecstatic
to be named Honorary Team Captain for the 2012 Olympic Games. I can't
thank everyone enough for all the love and support and I wish all the
best to the 12 girls who are running for the Olympic team xo
So valued is her team leadership, that Gymnastics Canada has asked her
to travel with the Olympic team to provide support and encouragement. Her
own Olympics may be over, but Lee will be in London.
After London, Lee is slated to move to Los Angeles. She has a full
scholarship to compete NCAA for UCLA. With ACL repair and recovery ahead,
it may be that Lee redshirts her Freshman year.
Perhaps Lee will make another Olympic for Rio 2016?
MAY 26 - VACULIK, BLACK, MOORS CROWNED APARATUS CHAMPIONS IN REGINA
1.Ellie Black 14.475,
2.Brittany Rogers 14.425
3.Dominique Pegg 14.275
1. Kristina Vaculik 14.4
2. Victoria Moors. 13.65
3. Laura Ann Chong 13.45
MAY 26 - WOO SISTERS WIN FIVE MEDALS IN APPARATUS FINALS
Sisters Victoria-Kayen and Rose-Kalam Woo earned five
medals between them, in the apparatus finals at this year's National
Championships. The pair were also runners-up in the junior all-around, won
by Shallon Olsen.
MAY 24 - GAFUIK REACHES OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION SCORE EN ROUTE TO
Nathan Gafuik won the senior men's all-around today, at the 2012
Canadian National Championships. More importantly, Gafuik nailed a huge
high bar performance; he scored a 15.300 (7.1 D score), which would've
placed him fourth on high bar at the 2011 Worlds. The lone entrant on the
men's side for the 2012 Olympics will be based amongst those who reach
required scores (to have qualified to a final at the 2011 Worlds). To
date, Gafuik is the first and only male gymnast to reach a required
qualification score, for Olympic selection. The others still have the
apparatus finals at these Championships, and World Cup events in Slovenia
and Ghent to attempt qualification score.
MAY 21 - LEE INJURES KNEE INJURY AT CANADIAN NATIONALS
Sad day in Regina today, with the top Canadian All-Arounder sustaining
a knee injury at podium training. Peng Peng Lee was training a
double twisting Yurchenko, and is thought to have dislocated her knee cap.
This the same injury that sidelined Lee for a significant amount of time
in 2011. An MRI will confirm the extent of the injury, and provide clearer
indication of whether rehabilitation may be possible in time for the
upcoming 2012 Olympics.
Leading up to these National Championships, Lee was perfecting a
second vault to put her into contention for the vault finals in London.
I think I have a lot to offer the Canadian team, especially on
vault, which has always been my strongest event. I have also worked to
increase my difficulty and execution on beam and floor. In addition to my
routines on these three events, I think my strong personality could also
support the team. I am determined, hard working, and competitive, but also
sociable and a good teammate.
Ellie Black might be Canada's best hope for a medal in London.
Injured for much of 2011, she made a comeback at the 2011 Massilia Cup
(November), where she dislocated her elbow. Now back in form, she looks to
be peaking at just the right time. In her World Cup debut this past
weekend, Black won gold
on the two events in which she competed: Vault and Floor.
combined average 14.575 vaults Black into the top 5 of all averages this
year. With Cheng Fei's (rank #6) Olympic status in question, Anna Pavlova
(rank #7) not on Russia's Olympic training squad, and Alexa Moreno (rank
#8) out (Mexico's lone spot will go to Elsa Garcia or Ana Lago), it seems
Black is a pretty good bet to make vault finals in London - if named to
How do the other Canadians rank? Brittany
Rogers scored a 14,275 on the same apparatus, at Elite Canada to rank
10th (assuming bonus scoring wasn't used). Peng Peng Lee scored
15.300 on beam at the Pacific Rim, to rank #6 (or #5, considering that the
top ranked Katelyn Ohashi is age ineligible for London 2012). Finally,
Canada has Victoria Moors who danced to a 14.766 to rank #10 on
floor (or #9, once again factoring out Katelyn Ohashi).
question begs, will Black's readiness and success be enough to challenge
the points-based selection criteria?
Ellie Black made the most of her World Cup debut, winning gold
on the two events in which she competed: Vault and Floor. Peng Peng Lee
also had a golden outing, winning bars. She also finished fourth on beam
Mikaela Gerber finished 7th on vault. With a maximum 2 per
country per apparatus, she was forced to sit out her best event,
Dual citizen (Canada/Spain) Silvia Colussi-Pelaesz also competed
in Osijek, winning her first World Cup medal (silver on floor). She also
placed 4th on bars and 6th on beam.
Coach David Kukichi reflected on Black's success at the meet.
?With every successful competition her confidence is growing, and she
has been handling all of her new challenges beautifully,? Kikuchi told
Gymnastics Canada. ?I think that with her good results recently she has
put herself into the Olympic picture, but Canada's depth right now is
?She now has a world class vault, and difficult routines with original
combinations on floor and beam that help her to stand out,? said
Kikuchi. Kikuchi knows what it takes to reach the Olympics. He competed
for Canada at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.
The Olympic team will be selected following a final selection camp in
June, in Gatineau.
The Canadians dominated a friendly tri-meet in S?Bernardo do Campo, Brazil this past
weekend. It was a clean sweep of the Gold medals for Canada, with the women's
team placing first ahead of Brazil and Korea. Kristina Vaculik took first in the
AA, showing an upgraded vault (Yurchenko 1 1/2). Brittany Rogers and Talia Chiarelli topped the field on bars and floor,
Ellie Black announced herself as serious Olympic contender,
winning individual gold medals on vault and beam. No slouch on floor, in
qualifications she threw a 2 1/2 twist through to triple twist.
Canada fielded just one MAG athlete; Hugh Smith placed an impressive third
place in the all-around competition. Smith also impressed on day 2: 2nd floor
(14.600), 3rd Pommels (13.725), 3rd rings (14.375), 3rd vault (15.200).
Victoria Moors and Jackson Payne medalled at this weekend's Zibo World Cup, in China. Moors, who qualified to the floor final in first place, took silver in the finals with a 14.025.
With performances like these, Moors is proving to be a strong candidate for the
Olympic floor final. Jackson Payne scored 14.850 to take bronze on high bar.
Madeline Gardiner also competed at Zibo, but did not qualify to any 4-athlete final.
MARCH 31 - 2012-2016 COP
We're still not even 100 days until the start of the London 2012 Olympics,
but people are already talking about the next Code of Points (COP). A
draft of the 2013-2016 women's COP is available from the FIG. Most
popular seems to be the change to vault.
MARCH 27 - ROMANIAN OLYMPIAN ROBERT STANESCU HOPING TO COMPETE FOR CANADA
2008 Olympian Robert Stanescu placed 7th on rings in Beijing. A
year later, at the 2009 World Championships, he placed fourth - just shy
of a medal. Later that year, he moved to Canada to join his wife, who was
already coaching at Winstars in Windsor, Ontario. Now comes the surprising
news that Stanescu isn't done with competition. ?I didn?t retire,?
he told The Windsor
Star. ?I want to compete for Canada.?
Stanescu is hoping to gain Canadian citizenship in time for next
year?s world championships, in Antwerp, Belgium. ?It?s so hard
saying your next goal is a year and a half away,? he said. ?I want to
go back and get a medal. That?s why I keep training.?
MARCH 25 - ROGERS AND PEGG MEDAL AT COTTBUS
Brittany Rogers added a second medal at this year's Cottbus Cup, bronze on beam.
followed in the next rotation, with a bronze on floor. Both women are vying for
spots on this year's Olympic team.
MARCH 23 - A MINI COMMONWEALTH GAMES AT THE KSGF SEES CANADA WIN
Delayed flights resulted in a no-show for Team China, at tonight's Kyle
Shewfelt Gymnastics Festival. Fans were happy to take in a dual meet
instead, featuring Canada against Australia. Host Kyle Shewfelt joked that
tonight's competition was sort of like the Commonwealth Games, without
Team Canada was represented by Nathan Gafuik, Jackson Payne, Kevin
Lytwyn, and Anderson Loran. Josh Jefferis led the Australians,
joined by Thomas Pichler, Sam Offord, and Brody Jai Hennessy.
Canada suffered quite a few falls, but higher start values led to their
0.5 point win over Australia. Anderson Loran, the most inexperienced
amongst the Canadians, topped the all-around standings. Australians Josh
Jefferis and Thomas Pichler went 2-3.
Competition continues tomorrow, but in a friendly/non-FIG "Big
Show" format featuring just three per apparatus. Celebrity judges
including Olympians Adam Wong (2004, 2009) and Kylie Stone (2004) will be
present. Team China is expected to arrive, and compete.
Charlotte Mackie competed in her second World Championships, in
Rotterdam in 2010. Still adjusting to a new coach and new techniques, she
competed just three apparatus in Rotterdam (sitting out bars). One of David
Kenwright's first moves was to put Charlotte in grips, and start
reworking her bar technique.
Historically, most World team members are given a bye from competing at
Elite Canada, their carding and eligibility secured. That year, with Elite
Canada ranked so much higher than World Championships, Charlotte's
attendance and performance at Elite Canada were crucial for carding
points. She impressed with a third place finish in the all-around, and
posted the second highest score on vault and top 5 on bars - not bad, for
an apparatus she didn't even compete two months prior!
Everything changed on her last apparatus, vault. Her all-around tally
secured from her first vault, Charlotte went for a second vault, to
qualify for apparatus finals. She suffered a horrific crash - one that has
taken her out of competition, ever since.
Charlotte underwent foot surgeries and extensive rehab, and talked to
Gymn.ca in November 2011 about her aspirations of returning to
competition. Unfortunately, the rehab has been more difficult than
anticipated. In an interview with Triple
Twist, Charlotte talks about how the goal has "slipped
away." "It?s been terribly sad and frustrating coming to terms
with the ultimate dream of the Olympic Games slipping away," she
MARCH 18 - FIVE MEDALS FOR CANADA AT PACIFIC RIM CHAMPIONSHIPS
On Sunday, Peng Peng Lee added a pair of silvers (beam and floor final) to her
medal haul. She also placed 4th on bars. Fellow Canadians Kristina Vaculik
and Victoria Moors also competed in the apparatus finals, placing 6th on
bars and floor, respectively.
The junior subdivision saw two Canadian medallists; Maegan Chant took
bronze on vault, and Victoria Kayan-Woo took silver on bars. Also
competing was Jordyn Pedersen (5th on vault, 7th on bars).
Scott Morgan brought a smile to the Canadian men's program, earning
their first medal of these Championships. He finished third on vault, and
also placed 4th on rings.
Also competing in the senior men's apparatus finals were Anderson Loren
(5th on floor and pommels) and Robert Watson (8th on floor). In the junior
men's division, Zachary Clay finished 8th on floor and pommels, Cory
Paterson placed 8th on p-bars, and Josh Stuart finished 4th on high bar.
MARCH 16 - BRONZE FOR WOMEN AT PACIFIC RIM CHAMPIONSHIPS
Team Canada dominated the first of two subdivisions, at today's Pacific
Rim Championships in Everett, WA. They watched from the stands, eager to
see how their scores stacked. In the end, they beat Australia, Japan, and
Russia to walk away with the bronze. Finishing in first was the host
nation, USA. Second went to China.
Canada's Peng Peng Lee was one of the big stories, of these
Championship. A combined team and All-around competition, also earned a
bronze medal for her day's work on Saturday. "I was just trying to
have a lot of fun, and also was just trying to get a little more
experience competing my new routines," Lee told IG. "My
expectations weren't too too high."
Two-time Olympian Kate Richardson (2000, 2004) turned heads
today, at the Pacific Rim Championships in Everett, WA. Kate recently
completed a Master's in Physiotherapy, and was on hand in Everett, WA as the
physiotherapist for Canada's junior men's team. So back in competition, but as staff not gymnast!
MARCH 14 - PACIFIC RIM CHAMPIONSHIPS SET TO BEGIN
Everett, WA has welcomed many of the World's best gymnasts this
weekend, for the Pacific
Rim Championships. Television coverage airs Saturday on NBC. Check
your local listings for times!
Australia: Lauren Mitchell, Emily Little, Georgia Simpson Canada: Christine Lee, Victoria Moors, Kristina Vaculik
China: Tan Sixin, Luo Peiru, Shang Chunsong
Chinese Taipei: Yu-Chun Chen, Chia-Jung Tsai
Colombia: Jessica Gil
Costa Rica: Karina Regidor
Hong Kong: Hiu Ying Angel Wong, Nim Yan Choi, Ka Man Leung
Japan: Risa Konishi, Wakiko Ryu, Yuri Ishii
Mexico: Sandra Paola Garcia Victoriano, Karla Adriana Martinez Lozano
Russia: Kristina Sidorova, Anastasiya Marchuk, Diana Elkina
United States: To be determined.
Australia: Alexandra Eade, Madelaine Leydin, Jazminne Casis Canada: Maegan Chant, Jordyn Pedersen, Victoria Kayen Woo China: Mei Jie, Wang Wei, Lou Nina
Chinese Taipei: Wan-Yin Chen, Yu-Chun Lai
Costa Rica: Angela Arce
Japan: Yuki Uchiyama, Sakura Yumoto
Mexico: Federica Scheiman Hernandez, Andrea Fernanda Mora Ramirez,
Shaden Michelle Cortes Herrera
New Zealand: Hanna Malloch, Courtney Mcgregor, Rebecca Morrison,
Brittany Robertson, Charlotte Sullivan, Millie Williamson
Panama: Ana Victoria De Leon, Valentina Brostella
Russia: Ekaterina Baturina, Maria Kharenkova, Anastasia Belova
United States: To be determined.
Australia: Joshua Jefferis, Thomas Pichler, Samuel Offord Canada: Anderson Loran, Scott Morgan, Robert Watson China: Liu Rongbing, Cheng Ran, Wang Peng
Chinese Taipei: Szu-Chieh Chen, Sheng-Meng Huang, I-Hsiang Chen
Colombia: Jorge Giraldo
Hong Kong: Kam Wah Liu, Kiu Chung Ng, Wai Hung Shek
Japan: Takuya Nakase, Koji Uematsu, Tatsuki Nakashima
Mexico: Santos Martinez Reyes, Rodolfo Heron Bonilla Ruiz, Axel German
New Zealand: Mikhail Koudinov
Philippines: Jean Nathan Monteclaro
Russia: Mikhail Bodnar, Daniil Kazachkov, Pavel Pavlov
Thailand: Bobby Kriangkum
United States: Chris Brooks, Jake Dalton, Sam Mikulak
Australia: Brody-Jai Hennessy, Lachlan Savill, Kent Pieterse Canada: Cory Paterson, Zachary Clay, Joshua Stuart China: Wu Guanhua, Xu Kangye, Xiao Ruoteng
Chinese Taipei: Fu-Li Liu, Yu-Chin Chao, Jia-En Lin
Costa Rica: Tarik Soto
Hong Kong: Chun Kit Poon, Tzn Tak Seto
Japan: Kaito Imabayashi, Koji Nonomura, Kenzo Seryu
Mexico: Rodolfo Gomez Grosso, Andres Esteban Resendiz Sanchez, Sergio
New Zealand: Reegan Edwards, Leo Golder
Russia: Grigorii Zyrianov, Nikolay Kovinov, Sergey Stepanov
United States: Marvin Kimble, Sean Melton, Akash Modi
MARCH 13: IG: HOPFNER-HIBBS TELLS 2012 OLYMPIANS TO ENJOY EVERY MINUTE
Canadians Victoria Moors and Jackson Payne competed at
the American Cup today, in Madison Square Gardens (New York city). Moors
finished fourth, behind World Champion Jordyn Weiber from the USA,
fellow American Alexandra Raisman, and Romanian Larisa Iordache.
Gabrielle Douglas (USA) actually posted the top all-around tally
of the meet, but was competing hors de concours so is not formally
recognized in the standings.
The men's competition was also won by an American, with Danell Leyva
rallying to after a weak start. Second place went to Ukraine's Mykola
Kuksenkov with Germany's Marcel Nguyen taking third.
Jackson Payne was a last minute substitution into the American Cup,
filling in for a German who withdrew. He cited the late entry, and
training adjustments on his 7th place finish: "I haven't really been
focusing very much on an all-around score since the London event in
January," Payne told Gymnastics Canada.
"I've been working mostly on parallel bars, high bar and pommel
horse, and going through the all-around was the first time since the
The competition kicks off a busy month for Canadian gymnasts. A number
of competitions take place this month, including L'International Gymnix
(Montreal), Pacific Rim (Everett, WA), and the Kyle Shewfelt Gymnastics
FEBRUARY 19 - VACULIK AND WATSON TAKE ELITE CANADA TITLES
Kristina Vaculik and Robert Watson topped the standings at this
weekend's Elite Canada, in Mississauga.
Although recent World team members typically receive a bye from the
competition, most chose to compete this this weekend. Only Peng Peng
Lee opted to sit out the competition, in favour of working on
upgrades. Topping the field was Kristina Vaculik, followed by
Worlds team members Brittany Rogers, Victoria Moors, and Madeline
Robert Watson topped the senior men's field, ahead of Anderson
Loren and Hugh Smith.
FEBRUARY 14 - GYMNASTICS EXAMINER: FLETT
Gymnastics Examiner Blythe Lawrence interviewed Sarah Flett
in advance of this weekend's Elite Canada.
At an age when the body and spirit can begin to burn out, Flett
loves the journey in gymnastics and has no plans for it to end anytime
soon. "I just wish to enjoy to process because if you don’t
enjoy the everyday grind, then it’s just not worth it!" she
wrote recently in an e-mail interview, where she took the time to
answer a few questions about her still budding gymnastics career, why
she opted out of the NCAA and what she enjoys (and doesn't) about the
JANUARY 13 - MOORS TAKES SILVER ON FLOOR AT TEST EVENT
New senior Victoria Moors earned silver on floor today, at the
apparatus finals in London, England. New to the senior ranks, she trains
under Elvira Saadi at Dynamo Gymnastics in Cambridge, Ontario.
Also competing in the apparatus finals were Kristina Vaculik and
Peng Peng Lee, who finished 4th and 5th on the uneven bars. Madeline
Gardiner finished 4th on beam, and Ken Ikeda eighth on the
JANUARY 11 - CANADIAN WOMEN QUALIFY TO LONDON 2012
Canada's women's team competed with strength and confidence today,
placing second at the Test Event behind Italy, qualifying a full team to
the London 2012 Olympics. They gained six points over their team score
from the recent 2011 World Championships, a tally that would've ranked
them sixth in Tokyo!
Peng Peng Lee finished fifth in the all-around, Kristina
Vaculik 15th, and Victoria Moors 20th. Rounding out the team
were Talia Chiarelli, Madeline Gardiner, and Brittany
Rogers. Mikaela Gerber was the reserve (ankle injury).
The competition isn't over; Lee and Vaculik will compete in the bars final, Gardiner in the beam final, and Moors on floor.
JANUARY 10 - SAD DAY FOR CANADIAN MEN'S GYMNASTICS
Canada's men's team struggled in today's attempt to qualify to this
year's Olympic Games. They finished fifth, with the top four teams
qualifying to London. The lucky teams advancing from this competition to
the Olympics are Great Britain, France, Spain, and Italy.
Several typically top scoring routines were missed today; Nathan
Gafuik fell on floor and high bar, Brandon O'Neill fell on
parallel bars and struggled with his dismount on floor, Kevin Lytwyn fell
on floor, Ken Ikeda faltered on pommels, etc.
Overall, the cleanest performances came from Casey Sandy. He was
competed on only five of six apparatus however, missing the opportunity to
stake his name amongst the all-around results. Finishing the strongest in
the all-around for Canada was Jackson Payne, whose day was marred
only by a small miss on high bar (well covered up).
"The nerves were getting to us," Ikeda told the media.
"We had a few not so good routines. We could have done better.
It wasn't our best day." Some are asking whether it was more than
nerves, questioning the strategy of playing it "safe" with
routines of lower difficulty, choice of line up, etc.
Only one Canadian has qualified for an apparatus final at this event:
Ken Ikeda sits third on parallel bars. Jackson Payne is first reserve for
Unfortunately, there are lasting implications to today's finish. In
addition to dashed Olympic dreams, Canada's men's program is likely to
suffer a severe cut in funding similar to that experienced by the women's
program after they failed to qualify a team to the 2008 Olympics.
The FIG has not yet published a list of the individual Olympic
qualifiers. It is expected that Canada will be able to field only one MAG.
Hopes now rest on the Canadian's women's team, who compete for the Olympic
For the last four years the Canadian men's
gymnastics team has been rebuilding with one overriding goal in mind:
to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Now, after countless hours spent training and competing at home and
around the world, the team has one final shot to qualify for the
Members of the team are Nathan Gafuik of Calgary, Brandon O'Neill and
Jackson Payne, both of Edmonton, Ken Ikeda of Abbotsford, B.C., Casey
Sandy of Brampton, Ont., Jayd Lukenchuk of Saskatoon and Kevin Lytwyn
of Stoney Creek, Ont.