|Kylie's Competitive Results|
1998 Canadian Championships, National Novice: 5th AA
1999 Canadian Championships, National Novice: 4th AA, 1st UB
1999 Elite Canada, Junior: 8th AA
2000 Canadian Championships, Junior: 7th AA
2000 Elite Canada, Junior: 2nd AA, 1st FX
2001 Jurassic Classic, Open: 1st AA
2001 Canadian Championships, Junior: 1st AA, 1st V, 10th UB, 3rd BB, 1st FX
2001 Pan American Championships, Senior: 7th Team, 18th AA, 8th BB|
2001 Elite Canada, Senior: 8th AA, 1st FX
2002 Jurassic Classic: 2nd T, 5th UB, 3rd BB
2002 Aloha Gymfest: 1st AA, 3rd V, 3rd UB
2002 North Shore: 2nd AA, 2nd V, 3rd UB, 1st FX
2002 Great West Gym Fest: 2nd AA, 1st BB, 1st FX
2002 Wild Rose Invitational: 1st AA, 2nd UB, 1st BB
2002 Commonwealth Games: 3rd T, 8th AA, 5th UB, 3rd FX
2002 Junior Pan Am Games: 2nd T, 4th AA, 2nd V, 3rd BB, 2nd FX
2002 Elite Canada: 4th AA, 3rd V, 1st FX
2003 Jurassic Classic: 1st T, 1st V, 7th FX
2003 Pacific Challenge (USA vs AUS vs CAN): 3rd T, 12th AA
2003 Romanian International: 5th AA, 5th V, 5th BB, 3rd FX
2003 Canadian Championships, Senior: 3rd AA, 2nd V, 8th UB, 1st BB, 2nd FX
2003 Pan Am/World team trials: 7th AA
2003 Pan Am Games: 2nd T
2003 World Championships: 11th T, 14th AA
2003 Arthur Gander Memorial: 5th AA
2003 Swiss Cup: 9th T (paired with Alexander Jeltkov)
2004 American Cup: 6th AA
2004 Olympic Test Event: 6th T
2004 Pacific Alliance Championships: 4th T, 4th AA, 6th BB, 3rd Fx
2004 Canadian Championships, Senior: 1st AA, 8th UB, 1st BB, 1st FX
2004 Olympic Trials: 4th AA
2004 Olympic Games: 10th T, 81st AA (prelim - 3 events)
2004 Elite Canada: 5th AA, 4th V (T), 4th V, 1st FX
2005 USA-CAN-MEX: 2nd T, 3rd AA, 8rd V, 9th UB, 2nd BB, 4th
2005 Siegfried Fischer Trophy: 7th V, 8th UB, 7th BB
Kylie Stone, the 2001 junior Canadian champion, is one of the most powerful and explosive gymnasts in the country. Stone was born May 16, 1987, and is coached by Horia and Stephania Iliesu at Stampede City in Calgary Alberta. She is one of many up-and-coming gymnasts from Western Canada set to make their mark both nationally and internationally this quadrennium.
|Stone finished 4th at the|
'04 Olympic Trials
Stone entered the 2001 national championships as one of the favourites to win the junior women's title based on some impressive results leading up to the championships. In December of 2000, she finished 2nd all-around at the Elite Canada competition in Winnipeg, where she obtained the highest all-around score on day two of the event. She also took first place in the floor exercise, with a combined start value of 20.5 under the Canadian scoring model. A few months later at the Jurassic Classic - held in her hometown - Stone took first place all-around in the open competition, which featured several High Performance gymnasts.
Stone also had a successful career as a novice, finishing 5th as a national novice in 1998, and 4th in 1999 (taking first place in the uneven bars). She then moved up to the junior ranks where she finished 8th all-around at the 1999 Elite Canada competition and 7th at the 2000 national championships. Stone's best result at the 2000 nationals was a second place finish on floor, where she ended her floor routine with a difficult double pike somersault - one of only two junior competitors to do so.
|On her way to winning the|
all-around title at '04 Nationals
Stone is best known for her explosive vaulting (Yurchenko-full) and tumbling (arabian double front first pass, full-in middle run, and whip-ff-ff-double pike to close), but she shows world-class skills on the other events as well. A healy-Jaeger combination highlights her uneven bars set, and she shows a difficult double front dismount. On the balance beam, she performs a very difficult switch side leap with an extra ˝ turn (one of few E valued dance skills in the Code of Points), as well as a piked front mount and two ff's to a double tuck off.
Stone had her first taste of international competition in the fall of 2001 at the Pan American Championships in Cancun, Mexico. Competing against many current and former world championship team members, Stone had a respectable result, finishing 18th in the all-around and qualifying for event finals in the balance beam.
Stone began her first season as a Canadian senior with an 8th place all-around finish at Elite Canada, where she also took first place in the floor exercise event final. Though not age eligible for the individual world championships this year, Stone should be a strong contender for positions on the Pacific Alliance and Commonwealth teams. Only one female gymnast from Alberta has ever competed in the Olympic Games, and that was Altadore's Jennifer Wood in 1992. Kylie Stone could definitely follow in Wood's footsteps in 2004.
|Stone finished 14th AA at the |
'03 world championships
2002 Update:Stone began the 2002 season in fine style. In March at the Jurassic Classic dual meet with team USA, she was the top all-around scorer for the Canadian team, as well as the floor bronze medallist in the event finals. Later that month at the prestigious Wild Rose invitational in Edmonton, Stone took the all-around title in a very strong field including top competitors from Ukraine and Russia. Her early season success left little doubt as to her status with the senior national team, and as a result she was named to compete at the Pacific Alliance Championships in Vancouver in May. Unfortunately, back spasms plagued her during pre meet training, and she was unable to compete. As a result, she was not yet ready to compete at the Canadian Championships later that month in Winnipeg. However, her impressive results earlier that season had caught the attention of national team coach Andrei Rodioenko, who named Stone to the Commonwealth Games team despite her absence from nationals.
At the pre-meet training camp at Winstonettes, Stone proved that her back injury was behind her and that her inclusion on the Commonwealth team was well deserved. At the camp she showed a new vault (piked Luconi), and a new sequence of blind change immediate healy to Jaeger on bars, to go along with her solid beam work and powerful tumbling.
|Bronze on FX|
2002 Commonwealth Games
Photo by Grace Chiu
At the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England, Stone had an impressive showing, qualifying for the apparatus finals on uneven bars and floor exercise, winning a bronze medal in the latter. Stone would continue to show well internationally later that year, leading the Canadian team to a silver medal at the Junior Pan American Championships, where she finished 4th in the all-around and took home three medals in the apparatus finals (vault, beam, and floor exercise). She finished her season with a fourth place all-around at Elite Canada (despite two falls off beam and a missed attempt at a Comaneci release on bars), where she successfully defended her floor exercise title.
2003 Update: 2003 would provide many international opportunities for our Canadian women’s team. Stone’s first competition of the season was perhaps her most impressive – she led her Canadian team to a third place finish at the Pacific Challenge meet in California, finishing behind two squads from the United States but ahead of the favoured Australians. Stone’s 12th place all-around ranking made her the highest scoring non-US athlete at the meet. Shortly following this competition, she traveled to Romania where she qualified for event finals on vault, balance beam and floor exercise, earning a bronze medal on floor, where she showed a new last tumbling pass of a front step-out round-off whip back handspring double pike. Next up for Stone was a trip to the Netherlands for the 8-country tournament. Stone helped the team to a surprise 6th place finish (they defeated the highly ranked team from Ukraine), and while mistakes in the all-around left her in 15th place there, she still qualified for the apparatus finals on vault.
Stone continued to perform well through the 2003 Canadian Championships in Saskatoon, winning the bronze medal in the all-around – a pleasing result in her first senior nationals. She won the balance beam gold medal in event finals and also picked up silvers on vault and floor. These results easily earned Stone a berth in the Pan American Games/World Championships team trials at Seneca in Toronto. Stone ended the first day of the meet in second place (despite a fall off the balance beam), but a disastrous second day (falls on bars, beam, and floor) dropped her to 7th place overall. Despite this ranking, Stone’s previous international and national successes earned her a trip to Santo Domingo, where she helped Canada earn a silver team medal behind the USA and ahead of the favoured Brazilians.
Following the Pan Am Games, Stone headed to Anaheim, California for the World Championships. With an Olympic team berth on the line, and team members battling illness and fatigue following the Pan Am Games, Stone kept her composure and delivered possibly the four best routines of her career to date during the team qualification. Stone hit four for four to not only help her Canadian team qualify for the Olympic Games in 11th place, but also qualified for the all-around finals with the 13th highest qualifying score. Once in the all-around finals, she hit four for four yet again to rank 14th – the highest ever finish for a Canadian woman at the World Championships. Stone was modest when discussing her breakthrough performance following the team competition. “I think all of it went well. I hit four for four. (My routines) were pretty solid.” She described the experience of competing in the all-around finals as “Very exciting actually!”
With the 2004 Olympics now just around the corner, Stone has proven that she can deliver the goods when it counts. She cannot be overlooked as not only a team contender for Athens, but a team leader as well.
Written by: Christopher Scott