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Katherine Fairhurst

About Katherine
Date of Birth: January 6, 1999 in Toronto, ON
Club: Gemini Gymnastics
Coaches:  Elena Davydova and Valery Vachebekov
Training Hours per Week: 27.5 hours
Favourite Apparatus: Beam
Least Favourite Apparatus: Vault
Favourite Gymnasts: Lilia Podkopayeva, Svetlana Khorkina
Most memorable competitions: Jurassic Classic 2003 - My first international assignment. I am most proud of my beam routine on the second day. I was very focused throughout the routine and it was the best routine I have done in awhile.
Hobbies: Reading, sketching, playing piano.
Future competitive goals: To make the Senior National Team, be carded, and be on the Olympic team.
Katherine's Competitive Results
2000 Elite Canada, Novice: 1st AA; 1st BB; 1st FX
2000 Wimgym Invitational: 1st AA
2001 Canadian Championships, Novice: 1st AA; 2nd V; 2nd UB; 1st BB; 1st FX
2001 Spring Cup, Novice: 2nd AA
2001 Elite Ontario, Novice: 1st AA
2001 Elite Canada, Junior: 4th AA
2002 Canadian Championships, Junior: 6th AA, 8th V, 6th UB, 4th BB, 8th FX
2003 Jurassic Classic: 1st T, 4th AA, 1st BB
2003 Canadian Championships, Senior: 17th AA, 4th BB
2003 Elite Canada, Senior: 6th AA, 4th V
2004 Stella Zakharova Cup: 5th T, 35th AA
2004 Canadian Championships, Senior: 25th AA (one event only)
With coach,
Davydova, in 2001

Born January 06, 1988, rising star Katherine Fairhurst recently burst onto the junior national scene with beauty and exquisite compositions. Fairhurst, who is coached by 1980 Olympic all-around champion from the former Soviet Union, Elena Davydova, together with Valery Yahchybekov, trains at Gemini Gymnastics in Oshawa, Ontario.

Fairhurst first cemented her place among the best in the country in her age division when she won the national title in the novice high performance category at the 2000 Elite Canada meet. She received top laurels on the balance beam as well as the floor exercise with her refined routines. Earlier in the year, Fairhurst had served notice that she would be a force to be reckoned with following a victory at the Wimgym Invitational held in Montreal.

Fairhurst owes her long-time coach, Davydova, for her artistism and classic lines. Davydova has fine-tuned and moulded the young Fairhurst into the elegant gymnast that she is today and they have been together from the beginning. One could easily mistake Fairhurst's gymnastics from that of top-level Soviets from decades gone by.

classicism is
Fairhurst's trademark

The year 2001 proved to be a prosperous one for Fairhurst, who came close to making a clean sweep of all gold medals at the 2001 national championships in the novice division. Only a second place finish on vault and uneven bars prevented her from accomplishing this rare feat. Placing 2nd all-around at the Spring Cup meet and 1st all-around at Elite Ontario, Fairhurst left the novice division in grande style and put herself in a good position to make the leap to the junior high performance level for the final meet of the year, Elite Canada.

Competing as a junior for the first time at the 2001 Elite Canada meet, Fairhurst outclassed her competitors in terms of style and presentation, which immediately caught the eye of the appreciative crowd. Showing new skills on all apparatus, Fairhurst competed in fantastic form on floor exercise, where she showed intricate bonus-filled dance combinations, such as a cat leap double to cat leap 1 and a tricky triple turn to straddle jump-full. New tumbling passes were also unveiled by Fairhurst, who tumbled a double pike somersault for her first pass; 2 1/2 twist for her second pass and two whip backs through to double twist for her final run. Inevitably, her Soviet-style choreography and solid tumbling earned her a 9.250, the highest score of the meet on that event.
'01 Elite Canada
Errors on uneven bars and balance beam ultimately prevented her from standing on the medal rostrum, but nonetheless, she competed valiantly, showing a giant-full to Tkatchev combination on uneven bars, and a switch ring leap, aerial walkover, and two back handsprings to a double twist dismount on the balance beam. Finishing 4th all-around was a respectable finish for Fairhurst in her first junior competition.

Fairhurst admires 1991 world champion, Kim Zmeskal and 1996 Olympic champion, Lilia Podkopayeva, and would dearly love to follow in their footsteps. Ultimately, her goal is to represent Canada at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. If she can stay motivated and committed to the sport in which she so beautifully represents, Fairhurst has a tremendous shot at attaining her goals.

Profile and Photos by: Leslie Foster

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