APRIL10 - RHYTHMIC: CANADA'S BEZZOUBENKO LEADS AFTER TWO APPARATUS
Photos are up from the first day of rhythmic competition, where individual seniors and juniors competed in the ball and hoop apparatus. Canada's Patricia Bezzoubenko currently leads the field, posting the top scores on both apparatus.
Video from today's competition is already archived for on-demand viewing at Viasport. Live streaming continues tomorrow with commentary from Camille Martens and Kyle Shewfelt.
APRIL10 - CANADIAN MEN CLAIM BRONZE AT PACIFIC RIM
Not to be outdone by their female counterparts, the US men also took home gold tonight in the team competition tonight. Japan remained in silver position throughout the meet, with Canada edging out China in the sixth and final rotation to grab bronze (too many falls for China, and excellent vaulting from Canada).
"Our goal for the team was to finish in the top six, so this was a big surprise to finish third," said junior Ryan Oehrlein told Gymnastics Canada.
John Orozco (USA) won the senior men's AA, his first major international win in some time. Orozco struggled at the 2012 Olympics, and regaining his competitive edge has been difficult. No more!
Winning the all-around is always a great accomplishment," Orozco told USAG. "There are a lot of good guys here from the other countries. I was not extremely happy with some of my performances, but we did well as a team. I didn't know some of the juniors before this meet, but they did a great job, and we pulled together as a team."
Japan's Toshiya Ikejiri and Yuto Murakami finished second and third, respectively. Canada's top all-arounder was Hugh Smith, who finished 9th.
Japan's Kakeru Tanigawa easily topped the field in the junior division, both in his gymnastics and personality. He finished over two points ahead of Americans Marty Strech and Alex Yoder, who tied for silver. Kakeru was all smiles throughout the meet, greeting everyone he passed. Rene Cournoyer was Canada's top placing junior, finishing 6th.
Video from today's competition is already archived for on-demand viewing at Viasport. As well, be sure to check out competition videos at Gymn.ca's YouTube channel. Thanks to Catherine Tracy for filming during competition!
Live streaming continues today with the junior apparatus finals at the Richmond Olympic Oval. As much as possible, organizers will try to alternate between male and female routines, so audiences can watch all routines individually. There is an audio option, which allows you to listen to colour commentary from Kyle Shewfelt.
The USA handily won today's team competition, and top all-around spots. The real competition was between Canada and China for silver. Canada opened on bars, to take the lead over China after rotation 1. China regained ground on vault and bars, heading into the fourth rotation in silver medal position. Thanks to strong vaults from Ellie Black and Aleeza Yu, who sports a new DTY, Canada easily edged China for silver.
USA went 1-2 in both senior and junior all-around standings. Elizabeth Price took top honours with Kyla Ross finishing second. Ellie Black rounded out the podium in third position, her strongest events of the day being vault and beam. She earned the highest beam score of the night, and will advance to finals on that plus the other three apparatus.
Aleeza Yu finished 5th AA and advances to two apparatus finals (beam and floor). Canada's third senior, Maegan Chant qualified to vault final.
"We came in to represent Canada as a team and the girls were great," Black told the organizers. “Competing in such a huge meet, I think was such a great experience for everyone, and coming third in the all-around was amazing for me."
Bailey Key of the USA took gold in the junior women's AA, with teammate Nia Dennis finishing second. Their third gymnast, Norah Flatley, finished with the third highest score but due to 2-per-country was forced off the podium. Bronze was awarded to China's Luo Huan. Top for Canada was Rose-Kaying Woo, who placed 6th. Shallon Olsen finished 7th, and Megan Roberts in 11th.
Video from today's competition is already archived for on-demand viewing at Viasport. As well, be sure to check out competition videos at Gymn.ca's YouTube channel. Thanks to Catherine Tracy for filming during competition!
Live streaming continues today with the men's team/AA competition at the Richmond Olympic Oval. You can choose to follow your team around, pick just an apparatus, or if bandwidth allows, queue up your screen for all four feeds (WAG) or 6 feeds (MAG), or even add rhythmic and trampoline cameras, too!
There is an audio option, which allows you to listen to colour commentary from Kyle Shewfelt during select sessions (for day 1 of men's competition, only for the second of two men's subdivisions).
APRIL 9 - LIVE STREAMING FROM PACIFIC RIM BEGINS TODAY!
Live streaming begins today, at the Richmond Olympic Oval, site of the 2014 Pacific Rim Championships. There is a (stationary) camera dedicated for each event for all disciplines (WAG, MAG, RG, and Trampoline). You can choose to follow your team around, pick just an apparatus, or if bandwidth allows, queue up your screen for all four feeds (WAG) or 6 feeds (MAG), or even add rhythmic and trampoline cameras, too!
There is an audio option, which allows you to listen to colour commentary from Kyle Shewfelt during select sessions (for day 1 of competition, only on the 3rd of three women's subdivisions).
Victoria Moors finished 4th all-around at today's World Cup, the last of the current series.
APRIL 2 - SHEWFELT TO BE INDUCTED INTO OLYMPIC HALL OF FAME
Three time Olympian - and Olympic gold medalist on floor in Athens, Greece in 2004 - Kyle Shewfelt will be inducted into Canada's Olympic Hall of Fame this year. Other athletes also being inducted are speed skater Cindy Klassen and the 2008 Canadian men's rowing team. On that rowing team was Malcolm Howard, husband to former rhythmic gymnast Erika-Leigh Stirton (now Erika Howard)!
MARCH 31 - EDMONTON HOPING TO HOST 2022 COMMONWEALTH GAMES
The City of Edmonton is looking to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Completed bids are due to the Federation by March 2015 with the Games being awarded in September 2015. Also in contention for these Games is Durban, South Africa.
"Hosting the games in 2022 will demonstrate to the world how much Edmonton has evolved and reflect the Commonwealth Games Federation's confidence in our city," Mayor Don Iveson told CBC News.
The Commonwealth Games take place every four years, in between the Summer Olympics. This year, Glasgow plays host to the Games. In 2018, Australia's Gold Coast plays host.
The Commonwealth Games are not new to Edmonton: They hosted the 1978 competition, in which Canada's gymnasts dominated. Today, more than than 70 countries with 4,000 athletes participate in the games.
MARCH 30 - WOO LEAVES JUNIOR PAN AMS AS CANADA'S MOST DECOATED
Rose-Kaying Woo tied for gold today on bars at the Junior
Pan Am Games, being held in Aracuju, Brazil. She also medaled on beam
(2nd) and floor (3rd), and placed fourth on vault.
Shallon Olsen brought home silver. Also competing today
were Megan Roberts, who finished fourth on bars, and
Sydney Townsend, who notched a 4th place finish on beam.
In the men's competition, Rene Cournoyer topped the field
on floor and took home silver on vault. He also finished 7th on p-bars. Justin Karstadt finished 6th on
both floor and rings, but medalled on pommel horse (silver). Sam Zakutney
finished 6th on pommel horse, 7th on vault, and 8th on rings.
tied for 6th on high bar.
Team Canada won the gold medal at this weekend's Junior Pan Am Games,
besting host country Brazil and Mexico. Top scorer was Rose-Kaying
Woo, who placed third overall. The remaining three followed quick
in behind: Megan Roberts finished 4th AA, Sydney
Townsend 5th AA and Shallon Olsen 6th AA. Born
in 1999, Townsend's finish also qualified Canada a spot at the upcoming
2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.
Canada's junior men's team won bronze, behind the USA and Brazil. They
were represented by Sam Zakutney, Justin Karstadt, Anthony Tawfik,
and Rene Cournoyer. Top finisher was Justin
Karstadt, in fouth place. Cournoyer earned the
Youth Olympic Games berth for Canada on the men's side.
Woo advances to all four appartus finals, with Roberts competing bars,
Townsend on beam and Olsen on vault and floor.
You can bet that every one of these athletes hopes to return to Brazil for
NatalieVaculik earned Canada's top placement at this weekend's Cottbus Cup,
finishing 5th on bars. She also placed 8th on beam. Gemini
Gymnastics teammate Aleeza Yu qualified to three finals, and was in
medal contention on beam after qualifications. Unfortunately, she
finished 7th on all three events.
Victoria Moors finished fourth at the 2014 American Cup in Greensboro, NC
today. Elizabeth Price (USA) won the meet, followed by Brenna Dowell (USA)
and Guilia Steingruber (SUI). Moors' hights scores came on beam (2nd
highest) and floor (3rd highest).
FEBRUARY 9 - MOORS AND WOO TAKE ELITE CANADA AA TITLES
Victoria Moors won the senior AA title at this weekend's
Elite Canada. Aleeza Yu placed second, and Ellie
Black third. The apparatus saw four different winners:
Maegan Chant on vault, Natalie Vaculik on bars,
Ellie Black on beam, and Aleeza Yu on
floor. In the junior category, Rose-Kaying Woo took
top honors with Shallon Olsen placing 2nd and
Audrey Rosseau third. In the apparatus finals, Woo took the
titles on bars and beam with Olsen claiming victory on vault and floor.
Following the conclusion of the competition, the teams for the
upcoming Pacific Rim
competition April 9-12 in Vancouver were named:
Aleeza Yu Ellie Black Maegan Chant
Rose-Kaying Woo Shallon Olsen MegMegan Roberts
will instead be competing at the Tokyo World Cup, in Japan. Tokyo is the
host city of the 2020 Olympic Games.
There is a
campaign underway to raise funds for Episode 3!
JANUARY 9 - MOORS NAMED TO AMERICAN CUP
USA Gymnastics announced the roster for the
2014 American Cup today,
and Victoria Moors is among the 8 women competing. This
will be the third appearance at an American Cup for Moors, who placed
third all-around at last year's event.
Larisa Iordache Sophie Scheder
Simone Biles Elizabeth Price
Kyla Ross Breanna Dowell
The competition takes place March 1, 2014 and will be televised LIVE on
Universal Sports and NBC.
DECEMBER 18 - PERFECT BALANCE EPISODE 1
Available today! Features trong>Sydney Townsend and her coaches
Aaron and Angela Brokenshire.
DECEMBER 15 - MOORS A DOUBLE GOLD MEDALIST IN TOKYO
Victoria Moors unveiled a new floor routine this
wekeend at the Tokyo Cup, and took gold on the event for her efforts! She
also won silver on beam the same day, and gold on bars the day prior.
Canada fielded a large contingent of men: Ken Ikeda
placed 5th on pommels and 6th on high bar. Robert Watson
placed 6th on floor and 10th on rings and p-bars. Zach Clay
12th on floor, 10th on pommels, 11th on vault and p-bars Steve
Chaplin placed 9th on high bar and 12th on rings.
Canada's Briannah Tsang finished 8th at the DTB Cup World Cup
today. Elizabeth Price (USA) topped the 8-women field, with Larissa
Iordache (ROM) taking silver. Vanessa Ferrari (ITA) took bronze, rounding
out the podium.
NOVEMBER 16 - VK WOO MEDALS AT FINAL DAY OF MASSILIA
Victoria Kayen Woo brought home Canada's only medal in
today's apparatus finals, at the Massilia competition in France. She
earned bronze on bars, an event won by France's Louise Vanhille with
Russia's Ekaterina Kramarenko taking bronze.
Natalie Vaculik placed fourth on beam and fifth on bars.
Shallon Olsen placed fourth on vault.
Vault 1. Alla Sosnitskaya (RUS) 14.700 / D 5.6 & 5.8 2. Larisa
Iordache (ROU) 14.650 / D 5.0 & 5.8 3. Ellie Downie (GBR) 14.600 / D
5.8 & 5.0 4. Shallon Olsen (CAN) 14.500 /D
5.0 & 5.8 5. Anamaria Ocolisan (ROU) 14.267 / D 5.0 & 5.8 6. Kelly Simm (GBR) 14.233 / D 5.8
& 5.0 7. Alicia Boren (USA All Star) 14.133 / 5.3 & 5.0
Bars 1. Louise Vanhille (FRA) 14.067 / D 5.6 2. Ekaterina
Kramarenko (RUS) 14.067 / D 5.8 3.
Victoria Kayen Woo (CAN) 13.533 / D 5.3 4. Ellie Downie (GBR) 13.000 / D 4.7 5. Natalie Vakulik (CAN) 12.533 / D 5.5
6. Anna Rodionova (RUS) 12.233 / D 5.7
Beam 1. Larisa Iordache (ROU) 15.633 / D 6.9 2. Andreea Munteanu (ROU)
15.000 /D 6.4 3. Evegeniya Shelgunova (RUS) 13.533 / D 6.0 4. Natalie Vakulik (CAN) 13.500 / D 5.5
5. Claire Martin (FRA) 13.400 / D 5.8 6. Ekaterina Kramarenko (RUS) 11.333 / D 5.2
Floor 1. Larisa Iordache (ROU) 15.000 / D ? 2. Andreea Munteanu
(ROU) 14.267 / D 5.7 3. Ellie Downie (GBR) 13.700 / D 5.5 4. Alla
Sosnitskaya (RUS) 13.267 / D 5.6 5. Claudia Fragapane (GBR) 13.067 / D
5.7 6. Valentine Sabatou (FRA) 12.567 / 4.9
NOVEMBER 16 - VACULIK LEADS CANADIANS AT MASTER MASSILIA
For the second day in a row, Natalie Vaculik led the Canadian entrants in
France. In today's Masters Massilia, Vaculik placed sixth. The event was
won by Romania's Larissa Iordache, with teammate Andreea Munteanu claiming
silver and bronze going to Russia's Ekaterina Kramarenko.
Sabrina Gill placed 11th, followed by Shallon
Olsen (14th) and Victoria Kayen Woo (15th).
Qualified to apparatus finals are Shallon Olsen (vault), Natalie Vaculik
(Bars, Beam), and VK Woo (Bars). Gill is first reserve for bars and Woo is
second reserve for beam.
NOVEMBER 15 - CANADA TAKES SILVER AT OPEN MASSILIA
Team Canada took silver at today's Open Massilia, with Natalie
Vaculik leading the pack and finishing second all-around. Her
teammates included Sabrina Gill (9th AA), Mariana
Colussi-Pelaesz (14th AA), and Sydney Townsend
Team Canada - Gym Richeliu placed 12th, led by Kirsten Petermen
who finished 6th individually.
Team 1. BEL 1 156.675 2. CAN Open 156.500 3. FRA Open 1
In today's interview with
International Gymnast magazine, Gill
hints to some new skills we'll see her compete at the upcoming Mexican
NOVEMBER 11 - PODCAST FEATURING JESSICA TUDOS
Tudos, member of Canada's 1984 Olympic gymnastics team, appears
on this week's
Kwong Dore Podcast.
Jessica Tudos is an Olympic gymnast turned educator, entrepreneur,
motivational speaker and Kika Creative Director. She has turned her
experiences in gymnastics into the children's story Kika the Upside Down
Girl. With a
Kickstarter campaign just completed to publish the book,
Jessica is ready to share this story with the world. The story revolves
around the determined Kika, who seeks out others that embrace her passion
for somersaults, vaults and flips. Kika�s passion leads her to The
Gymnastics Emporium, a magical upside down place. For any child who has
ever felt slightly �upside down� in a right side up world, Kika the Upside
Down Girl will inspire them to find and cultivate their special talent in
unique and adventurous ways, despite the pressure they may feel to
conform. Paul spoke to Jessica about her experiences representing Canada
at the 1984 Olympic Games, her life after gymnastics, the Kickstarter
campaign behind the publishing of the book and what's next for Kika.
NOVEMBER 4 - LEE MAINTAINS POSITIVE ATTITUDE DESPITE DEVASTATING NEWS
Peng Peng Lee undergoes ACL revision surgery tomorrow,
so miss another NCAA season. She sat out her Freshman year of competition,
last year, rehabbing the ACL torn leading up to the 2012 Canadian National
Championships. The initial surgery apparently did not work properly, so
she'll undergo another surgery tomorrow.
"I had my moment of being
really upset because I was super-excited about the season. I sat out last
season and, watching all the girls, I just wanted to get out there and
compete," Lee told UCLA. "But stuff happens, and sometimes it's
uncontrollable. People go through adversities, but I know I can come back,
and I'm not worried about what is going to happen with my gymnastics."
"I'm still thinking about doing another four years and going to an
Olympic Games, so I don't think people should lose hope because I'm not
losing hope," she continued. "I still have faith in everything I do, and
after this surgery, I'm going to be that much stronger and have that much
more of an edge over those who aren't mentally as strong. When people go
through tough times and they have to go through a lot they just come out a
"It's just another bump in the road," she assured. "Injuries are
unfortunately a part of gymnastics, but I wouldn't be doing it unless I
loved it. And because I love it, I'm just going to come back as strong as
ever. Don't underestimate the power of my mind!"
NOVEMBER 3 - REMEMBERING LAST MONTH'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Representing Canada will be Kaitlyn Hofland, Victoria Kayen
Woo, Brianna Clark, and Isabela Onyshko.
OCTOBER 30 - CHANT FINISHES 7TH AT ARTHUR GANDER MEMORIAL
Maegan Chant finished 7th all-around at this year's Arthur Gander
Memorial, a Swiss competition where the women compete on their three
best piece of apparatus. Chant competed vault, beam and floor choosing
to sit out bars. The podium was dominated by Larissa Iordache (ROM), Giulia
Steingruber (SWI), and Elisabeth Seitz (GER).
Kevin Lytwyn also competed, finishing 11th, having
struggled on floor. In the men's competition, they compete four of six
Both gymnasts compete this coming weekend, in the Swiss Cup, which
is a Mixed Pairs event.
OCTOBER 26 - TAYLOR LINDSEY-NOEL TALKS ABOUT HER SPINAL INJURY
Coach Rick linked to this piece, where 2012 Olympic hopeful
Taylor Lindsey-Noel talks about the injury in 2008 that left her partially
paralyzed. He provides some colour, adding that she under-rotated a
toe-on double front dismount from bars. It was a new skill for her,
done without a pit.
OCTOBER 25 - MOORS TALKS ABOUT "THE MOORS" WITH CBC RADIO
Victoria Moors speaks with
CBC Radio about her the new move, which was named after her after
successfully performing it at the recent 2013 World Championships in
"It was just
amazing! I was so happy, and so proud of myself for finally landing
it," Moors told CBC. "The first day [qualification round] didn't go as
planned, but the second day [all-around final] landing it made it more
sweet."The Moors was evaluated with an "I" difficulty, the first "I" in
the women's Code of Point!
The 2014 World Championships will be held in Nanning, China with
the 2015 World Championships slated for Glasgow, Scotland. Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil hosts the 2016 Olympics.
OCTOBER 12 - TV ALERT: WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Tune in today and tomorrow for NBC's broadcast of the 2013 World
Championships from Antwerp, Belgium.
CBC's coverage airs next weekend, October 19, featuring commentary from
Kyle Shewfelt and Lori Strong.
OCTOBER 6 - BLACK 8TH ON FLOOR
Ellie Black in competed in the floor
final today in Antwerp, at the 2013 World Championships. She finished
8th. It was her second final at this level of competition, having
competed in the Olympic vault final last year.
Black's plan is to home now and work on new skills!
OCTOBER 4 - MOORS 10TH, BLACK 13TH AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Fantastic results from Antwerp today, at the 2013 World
Championships. rong>Victoria Moors
all-around, the best finish in that event for any woman at World or
Olympic competition. Moreover, Moors successfully landed the layout
double-double on floor. It will now be included in the Code of Points
(COP) as the Moors.
Ellie Black also had a successful outing today,
placing 13th. She'd placed 10th in qualifications, two days prior.
Competition comes tomorrow with Scott Morgan in
floor finals and Sunday with Black on floor finals.
Qualifications came to a close today in Antwerp, at the 2013 World
Championships. Veteran Olympians Ellie Black and
Victoria Moors both qualified to the
all-around final, Black finishing 10th and Moors 15th. Black also
qualified to the floor final, and is the first reserve on vault. Moors
debuted the much anticipated layout double-double, but landed it to
her knees. Heartache for Moors, who not only failed in the attempt to
get the skill named after her but also kept her qualifying to the
floor finals. The all-around competition affords Moors a second chance
to successfully land the flloor skill, which will then be entered into
the FIG Code of Points as The Moors.
Also competing were Maegan Chant and
Kaitlyn Hofland. Hofland competed bars (41st) and beam
(20th), with Chant competing vault (71st) and floor (22nd)
With the last men competing their qualification exercises this morning, today Scott Morgan learned that his score from yesterday session withstood the competition; Morgan is on his way to the floor finals at the 2013 World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium!
He qualified in 7th position. This is the first time that a Canadian male has qualified to a final at World Championship or Olympic competition since 2006, when Kyle Shewfelt advanced to the final on the same apparatus and won bronze.
Morgan also competed on Rings (50th) and vault (30th or 19th based on 2-vault
qualification attempt). Also representing Canada at these Worlds were:
Ken Ikeda - PH (40th), PB (140th - dislocated
Anderson Loren - HB (26th) Kevin Lytwyn - FX
(17th), R (29th), HB (105th)
Only Morgan advances to a final, floor on Sunday.
Stay tuned to your local listings for tape delayed coverage of these World Championships on CBC. October air date TBD!
SEPTEMBER 29 - CANADIANS AT PODIUM TRAINING
Victoria Moors has reverted back to her previous floor routine, as
it allows her to compete more tumbling passes:
Ellie Black on beam:
SEPTEMBER 29 -BLACK READY FOR ANTWERP WORLDS
"I am feeling good," Ellie Black told the
Herald Chronicle from London earlier this week, where team Canada
had been acclimatizing to local time prior to arriving in Antwerp.
"As always my main goal is to approach the competition with a
positive attitude, do my best and enjoy the fantastic experience.
I would like to compete for Canada in the all-around
competition and land my vaults successfully."
SEPTEMBER 27 - UPDATED WORLDS ROSTER
The FIG released an updated roster today, for the upcoming
Women's: Ellie Black - All-around Maegan
Chant - V, FX Kaitlyn Hofland - UB, BB Victoria Moors - UB, BB,
FX. (Update: Moors now to compete vault, too!)
Men's: Ken Ikeda - PB, PH Anderson Loren -
All-around Kevin Lytwyn - FX, R, HB Scott Morgan - FX, R, V
Exciting news coming out of Antwerp today, site of the
2013 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. Victoria Moors has
submitted the Double-double layout to the FIG. If performed
satisfactory, the skill will be named the Moors in the Code of Points.
At the Pan Am Championships held earlier this year, it received a
provisional "I" rating (0.9 points). The high skill valuation affords Moors an extra 90 seconds of one-touch warm-up, to boot!
Grace Chiu provided a
video of Moors training the skill in Antwerp. Gymnastike, too:
SEPTEMBER 25 - GETTING TO KNOW CANADA'S TEAMS FOR WORLDS
SEPTEMBER 23 - INT'L JAPAN JUNIOR WRAPS UP
Competition finished today in Yokohama, Japan with the apparatus
finals. Aleeza Yu competed in three of four
apparatus, finishing seventh on vault and eighth on both beam and
floor. In the junior men's competition, Rene Cournoyer
placed eighth on vault.
SEPTEMBER 22 - YU FINISHES FOURTH AT INT'L JAPAN JUNIOR
Aleeza Yu finished fourth at today's International
Japan Junior, the most prestigious junior competition. The USA's
Bailie Key finished first, posting a 58.400. Second went to China's
Wang Yan, well behind with 56.900. Laurie Hernandez rounded out the
podium, bringing home a second medal for the USA (56.750). Yu's fourth
place score was 55.800. Yu is coached by Elena Davydova.
Hugh Smith finished seventh on vault today at the
final day of competition in Osijek, Croatia.
SEPTEMBER 13 - SMITH QUALIFIES AT VAULT FINAL AT OSIJEK WORLD CUP
Hugh Smith qualified to the vault final at today's
Osijek World Cup, in Croatia. Although he only qualified in 7th
position, he has his sights set on a medal, telling Gymnastics Canada,
"I was first
up on the second vault and I wanted to be strategic to make sure I
qualified for the final so I did an easier vault, but on Sunday in the
final I'll be using the harder vault to go for a medal."
Smith also competed on floor, finishing 22nd. He was joined in
competition with club teammate Evan Cruz, who
finished 22nd on pommels.
Gymnastics Canada today confirmed the earlier, nominative teams to the
2013 World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium. Competition kicks off
WAG - Ellie
Black, Victoria Moors, Kaitlyn Hofland and Maegan
Chant MAG -
Kevin Lytwyn, Ken Ikeda, Anderson Loran, and Scott Morgan
(Reserves: Hugh Smith, Evan Cruz)
AUGUST 29 - LYDIA WILLIAMS JOINS BLUEWATER GYMNASTICS
2003 Worlds team member Lydia Williams has joined the
staff at Bluewater
Gymnastics. She will be coaching in their
A member of
the Canadian National Team for five years, Lydia went on to compete
NCAA at UC Berkeley where she studied Child Development and Education.
AUGUST 27 - NOMINATIVE TEAM FOR WORLDS
The women's team for the 2013 World Championships has been selected.
Slated to represent Canada on the women's side are Ellie
Black, Victoria Moors, Kaitlyn Hofland and Maegan
In the post-Olympic year, Worlds is individual competitions only,
including men�s and women�s prelims, AA, and EF. Each federation is
entitled to register a maximum of six men�s and four women�s gymnasts,
with no more than three gymnasts competing per apparatus.
The gymnasts� drawing of lots to decides the starting order of the
qualification competitions and the apparatus finals will take place on
August 29, 2013 at the FIG headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Who would you compete on what?!
AUGUST 25 - GABRIELLA DOUGLAS TRAINS A QUINTUPLE TWIST ON BEAM!
AUGUST 24 - GABBY DOUGLAS TV MOVIE TO FILM IN WINNIPEG
Casting is underway for two actors to play Gabby Douglas,
in a made-for-TV movie. Douglas won Olympic gold in the women's AA at
last year's London Olympics, becoming the third American in a row to
win the event.
Filming starts September 9 in Winnipeg, and is set to wrap up late
AUGUST 11 - HOFLAND WINS GOLD AT PAN AM CHAMPS
Kaitlyn Hofland may have been the lone Canadian entry to today's apparatus finals, but she made sure to put Canada on top. The top qualifier on bars, she hit her routine to take gold in the finals.
"Kaitlyn really did her job," said Canadian women's National Team Director Kyna Fletcher. "We knew going in that it was going to be all things considered, and with the difficulty levels it would be between her and Jessica Lopez. We're really pleased for her. We would have been happy either way, but based on where we are, it builds her confidence like nobody's business."
Next up are the 2013 World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium. The world team will be announced August 25, following a training/selection camp.
AUGUST 10 - MOORS MEDALS AT PAN AM CHAMPS
Victoria Moors managed to hit her much talked about
double double layout in today's apparatus finals, at the 2013 Pan Am
Championships in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She won silver on the
apparatus, scoring 13.400, with Daniele Hypolito of Brazil taking
Competition was more challenging elsewhere, for the Canadians. On beam, both Moors and Gabriella Douglas
counted falls and balance checks.
On floor, Briannah Tsang badly over rotated her
double Arabian front, almost diving into the judges table.
Competition continues tomorrow, with Canada's lone entrant being
Kaitlyn Hofland, who qualified to the bars final in
the lead. Tune into
Puerto Rican TV for live coverage, starting at 7pm EST.
AUGUST 9 - CANADIANS ADVANCE TO FINALS AT PAN AM CHAMPIONSHIPS
San Juan, Puerto Rico plays host to the 2013 Pan Am Championships this
week. The Roberto Clemente arena was also
the site of the 1996 World Championships!
Qualifications saw some great routines from the Canadians.
Gabriella Douglas, a last minute replacement for Ellie Black, made the
most of her entry; She qualified to the beam final in first place. Be
sure to check out her triple turn!
Kaitlyn Hofland also earned a top finish. She heads
into bar finals as the leader.
Victoria Moors qualified to two apparatus finals, placing 4th on beam and
6th on floor. She pulled out two great double doubles in laid out
position during warm-up (watch
1, watch 2),
but fell in competition.
Briannah Tsang qualified to floor finals, ranked 7th.
The competition concludes this weekend, with finals taking place
Saturday and Sunday.
Puerto Rican TV promises live coverage (+internet streaming) both
nights, starting at 7pm EST.