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Teri Gibson

Teri's Competitive Results
1997 Canadian Championships, Novice: 1st Team
1998 Elite Ontario, Novice: 6th AA, 2nd BB
1998 Canadian Championships, Novice HP: 1st Team, 3rd AA, 3rd BB, 1st FX
1998 Elite Canada, Junior: 13th AA
1999 Bluewater International, Junior: 1st T, 2nd AA, 1st BB
1999 Elite Ontario, Junior: 3rd AA, 1st V, 2nd BB, 1st FX
1999 Canadian Championships, Junior: 3rd AA, 3rd BB, 4th FX
2000 Gymnix International, Junior: 3rd Team, 2nd AA
2000 Bluewater International, Junior: 4th Team, 11th AA
2000 Elite Canada, Senior: 4th AA, 1st FX
2001 Spring Cup, Senior: 3rd AA
2001 Canadian Championships, Senior: 5th AA, 4th UB, 5th BB, 2nd FX
2001 Siska International, Senior: 7th AA
2001 Elite Canada, Senior: 19th AA
2002 Burlington Spring Cup, Senior: 19th AA (1 event)
2002 Stella Zakharova Cup: 21st AA
2002 Canadian Championships, Senior: 5th AA, 2nd FX
2002 Siska International, Senior: 17th AA
2002 Elite Canada, Senior: 16th AA, 8th FX
Teri at 2001 Spring Cup

Born April 4, 1986, Gymnastics Mississauga's Teri Gibson first competed nationally in 1997, where she was a part of the gold medal winning Ontario novice team at the Canadian Championships in Ottawa. There she won the special apparatus award for performing "the most dynamic vault" in the novice competition - a handspring tucked front.

In 1998, a new High Performance Novice category was added to the Canadian programme, in which the gymnasts performed optional routines as well as required skills routines (each routine containing certain skills with the gymnasts choosing in what way the skills are put together). Gibson competed in this new category, where she finished a very strong third place in the all-around at the Canadian Championships in Hamilton. Again Gibson was a member of the gold medal winning Ontario team.

Although her age would have allowed her to compete one more year in the novice category, Gibson had the skills necessary to move up successfully to the junior ranks. She began the 1998/1999 season with several new moves in her repertoire, including a Rulfova on beam, a double pike and 2 twist punch front on floor, and a on off tucked front on vault. These skills easily qualified her into the junior High Performance team for the 1999 season. She also attracted the attention of national team coach Andrei Rodionenko, who selected Gibson to compete for Team Canada at the 1999 Bluewater International. The Bluewater meet could be considered her coming out party. She wowed the crowd with her exceptional beam work - good enough for a 10.0 start value under the 1997-2000 Code of Points - and first place. Her skills included: punch front mount, ff-layout, wolf jump to Rulfova, punch front to straddle jump to prone, wolf jump to Chen, and double tuck dismount. Not bad considering she had just recovered from a knee injury that had seriously hindered her efforts at the recently concluded Canada Games.
'01 Spring Cup

As a result of her strong showing at the Bluewater International, Gibson entered the 1999 Canadian Championships with confidence. At these championships, held in Burnaby, British Columbia, she surprised many with her third place finish in the junior all-around competition - finishing right behind the two previous Elite Canada junior winners Breanne King and Michelle Hofstra. When Hofstra and King moved into the senior ranks in 1999/2000, Gibson would have been a logical choice to take over as the leader of the Canadian junior team. Struggling with injury and growth, Gibson was unable to compete at the 1999 Elite Canada competition (though her previous results easily allowed her to be petitioned to the junior High Performance programme). She struggled in the early part of 2000, her results and performances not as strong as they were in 1999. She chose to compete only bars and beam at the Canadian Championships.

Shortly after the national championships, Dave and Elizabeth Brubaker relocated to the Burlington Gymnastics Club. Coach Susan Barrette (who now coaches in Oakville) - a former Canadian National Open champion herself - had already been doing great things with this club (and Gibson in particular) so the addition of the two new coaches has only helped improve what was already a strong programme. This also gave Gibson the chance to train along side fellow junior national team member Melanie Rocca. As a result, at her first senior national meet - Elite Canada 2000 - Gibson finished a strong fourth place in the all-around. This result proved that she was indeed on her way back.

At the 2002
Canada Games Trials

Gibson began the year 2001 in a positive way by helping her Canadian team win a dual meet against France in Calgary at the Jurassic Classic. This meet gave Gibson the chance to compete with the new code for the first time, and she debuted some new valuable skills for this Olympic cycle including a 2 twist front layout and triple twist on floor, and a series of ff-ff-layout to two feet on beam. In May, Gibson had a strong showing at the national championships, finishing fifth place in the senior women's all-around.

In November, Gibson had her first opportunity to represent her country overseas at the Siska International in Slovenia. There she finished 7th in the senior women's all-around. Less than a month later, she competed at the Elite Canada competition in Toronto. Gibson did not have her best all-around showing here (she finished 19th), but her improved swing on the uneven bars (high and smooth piked Jaeger release) earned her a spot in event finals there.

2002 Highlights: Gibson ushered in the new year with a gym change when she and teammate Aubrey Taylor moved from Burlington to Gymnastics Mississauga, where they are now coached by Alex Bard, Svetlana Degteva, and Craig Smith. Gibson remained out of competition for most of the spring's invitational season (she competed one event at the Burlington Spring Cup), but had the unique opportunity to travel with her teammates Taylor and Melanie Tham to the Ukraine, the former homeland of coach Bard. There, Gibson and her teammates competed at the inaugural Stella Zakharova Cup, named in honour of the 1980 Olympic champion team member. Gibson had a solid day of competition at the Cup, scoring 34.037 to take 21st overall, the highest among the Canadian contingent.

In May, Gibson returned to the national scene with a bang, earning her second consecutive fifth place finish in the all-around. She followed up her impressive day one competition with a silver on her best event, the floor exercise (triple twist, double pike), in event finals. Gibson's top floor finish earned her the right to try out for the fall's Individual Apparatus World Championship team, but with selection criteria requiring athletes to meet specific scoring standards on at least two events, Gibson ultimately fell short of qualifying for the world team.

In November, Gibson joined Jennifer Simbhudas, Rocca, and clubmate Tham for her second trip to Slovenia. Competing against a large and deep field, she finished 18th overall, just behind the rest of her Canadian teammates.

Just weeks later, Gibson entered her final competition of the year, Elite Canada. Looking for another top-level result to solidify her position in Canada, Gibson struggled with inconsistencies, finishing just 16th overall. Once again, however, floor exercise was a strength, earning the 16 year-old a trip to finals, where she finished eighth. Gibson's past performances were good enough to earn her a Senior national card status, as well as a position on Canada's national team for 2003.

Written by: Christopher Scott
Updated 2003.02.01

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