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MARCH 21 - JESOLO TEAMS NAMED

Canada is participating in the exciting Trofeo Jesolo for the first time! The event, held outside of Venice, Italy, is one of the most anticipated of the gymnastics calendar, featuring full junior and senior teams.

Seniors
Ellie Black
Isabela Onyshko
Audrey Rousseau
Sydney Townsend
Helody Cyrenne
Sabrina Gill

Juniors
Rose-Kaying Woo
Megane Roberts
Meaghan Ruttan
Ana Padurariu
Jade Chrobok
Shallon Olsen

Competition
Wednesday, March 25: Juniors qualification
Thursday, March 26: Seniors qualification
Saturday, March 28: Team and all-around
Sunday, March 29: Event finals

Live streaming is expected at http://www.federginnastica.it

Link: Jesolo


MARCH 9 - 1981 GREAT BRITAIN VS CANADA

Coverage of the 1981 Hunt International (Great Britain vs Canada):


FEBRUARY 19 - NO SURPRISES AT CANADA WINTER GAMES

There were no big surprises at the recent Canada Winter Games; Canada's top 3 juniors dominated the podium.

In the women's team competition, Quebec dominated thanks to their leaders, Victoria-Kaying Woo and Audrey Rousseau. Ontario finished second, led by Megan Roberts and BC finished rounded out the podium, led by Shallon Olsen.

Woo took her second gold of the games, winning the women's all-around. Olsen placed second, and Roberts took home bronze.

In the apparatus finals, the leader was Roberts, who won both vault and floor. Olsen was the runner-up on vaut, with Woo taking bronze. Olsen also took second on floor, with Helody Cyrenne taking bronze.

The only gold medal won outside the 3-junior stronghold was bars, an honour that went to Cyrenne. Woo took silver and Olsen bronze.

Woo picked up her third gold of the games - and fifth medal of the games - on beam. Roberts placed second, ahead of Meaghan Ruttan (bronze) and Olsen (4th).

Most decorated:
Rose-Kaying Woo: 5 medals - 3 gold (team, AA, beam), 1 silver (bars), 1 bronze (vault)
Megan Roberts: 5 medals - 2 gold (vault, floor), 2 silver (team, BB), 1 bronze (AA)
Shallon Olsen: 5 medals - 4 silver (AA, vault, bars, floor), 1 bronze (team)

In the men's competition, Justin Karstadt won the all-around, having also led team Ontario to a gold earlier in competition. He also won gold on pommels, during an apparatus final that saw a different winner on each event: Aaron Mah (FX), Felix Dolci (R), Jeremy Bartholomeusz (V), Sam Zakutney (PB), and Matt Halickman (HB).

 Results: Canada Winter Games: Official Website
Video: http://sportscanada.tv/canadagames/index.php/week1/artistic-gymnastics | Catherine Tracey's videos


FEBRUARY 15 - CANADA WINTER GAMES UNDERWAY

Competition in artistic gymnastics kicks off today at the Canada Winter Games, in Prince George, BC. Many events are available on live webcast, and possibly archived for later viewing!

Held every four years, the Canada Winter Games boasts an impressive legacy of past competitors including Kyle Shewfelt and Adam Wong. Many of Canada's top junior High Performance gymnasts are competing at this year's event, including Rose-Kaying Woo (who recently won the senior portion at Elite Canada), Shallon Olsen and Megan Roberts (who recently won the junior portion at Elite Canada). All three girls are age eligible for the Rio 2016 Olympics.

http://sportscanada.tv/canadagames/index.php/week1/artistic-gymnastics


FEBRUARY 15 - JENNIFER LEZEU JOINS CIRQUE DU SOLEIL

Former HP Elite Jennifer Lezeu is set to join Cirque Du Soleil's Mystere, a resident show at Treasure Island in Las Vegas. After competing in Canada Jennifer accepted a scholarship to compete NCAA for Brigham Young University, in Utah.


FEBRUARY 12 - DANCOSE-GIAMBATTISTO SETS HER SIGHTS ON MCGILL

2010 World team member - and current Gator in the NCAA - Bianca Dancose-Giambattisto her eyes set on medical school at McGill, following her undergraduate program at Florida.

Concentrating her studies in an applied physiology and kinesiology major and chemistry minor, Dancose-Giambattisto’s future in medicine has become her primary focus over the course of the last year.

“All my pre-med friends ask, ‘Wow how do you do gymnastics and pre-med?’” Dancose-Giambattisto said. “Every second I’m not in the gym, I’m studying. It’s a matter of (time) management and I truly have a passion for both. I mean, (I have had) a huge passion for gymnastics since I was like 5-years-old, and medicine has been kind of a growing passion, so it’s really interesting to be in both spheres.”

In her spare time – which is about eight hours a week – Dancose-Giambattisto shadows at the Shand’s Emergency Room, something she believes is what helped fuel her passion for medicine.

As the summer approaches Dancose-Giambattisto is beginning to focus on her medical school applications, specifically to McGill University in Canada. The Canadian hopes to attend school close to her family and hometown of Montreal.

Link: http://www.gatorzone.com/story.php?id=29822r


FEBRUARY 14 - ONYSHKO FINISHES 5TH AT WOGA CLASSIC

Isabela Onyshko finished 5th in the senior portion at today's WOGA Classic, one of the earliest International meets of the new year. The competition was won by China's Xie Yufen.

 

Link: Senior Results


FEBURARY 5 - SHEWFELT GRACES COVER OF LOCAL MAGAZINE

Olympic gold medalist Kyle Shewfelt graces the cover of Calgary's Avenue Magazine

Link: Read the issue


JANUARY 31 - ROBERTS DOMINATES JUNIOR SESSIONS AT ELITE CANADA

Megan Roberts dominated the junior field at this weekend's Elite Canada competition, easily winning the all-around and adding three apparatus gold medals to her haul (vault, beam, and floor). She also placed third on bars. Megan is a strong contender for Canada's team to the 2016 Rio Olympics, with her stiffest junior aged competition, Rose-Kaying Woo and Shallon Olsen, choosing to move up to the senior field this year.

The biggest news coming out of the senior women's field is the return of 2012 Olympic veteran Victoria Moors, who was pulled from Canada's team at last year Commonwealth Games. Moors had a fantastic outing, finishing in second on both vault and floor. She did not compete bars or beam.

Rose-Kaying Woo won the senior women's AA, despite being a junior in International competition. Second place went to Isabel Onyshko, and Audrey Rousseau in third. 2012 Olympic veteran and Canadian leader for the past two years, Ellie Black, competed only beam, but advances to the beam final in first place.

The senior women's apparatus gold medals were spread widely, with Shallon Olsen winning vault, Sabrina Gill bars, Ellie Black beam, and Helody Cyrenne floor. Moors stumbled in her lone appearance in Saturday's event finals, no doubt still regaining stamina after approximately six months out of gymnastics.

In men's competition, Robert Watson and Sam Zakutney topped the senior and junior fields, respectively.

Link: Women's results | Men's results | Videos

JANUARY 23 - IG: LEE FINDING HER RHYTHM

IG magazine has posted an interview with Peng Peng Lee, whose ACL injury kept her off Canada's team at the 2012 Olympics. Rehabbed sufficiently to compete in the NCAA, IG asked her about Rio 2015. "I have considered it," she told IG. "I would love to go to 2016. Right now I’m focusing on the season, but after the season, it would be great to do another world championships or go to Rio. That’s definitely a long-term goal of mine, and I’ve kept it in the back of my head."

Read the full interview.


JANUARY 10 - BABY BOY ON THE WAY FOR OLYMPIAN EMILIE LIVINGSTON

Emilie Livingston, who represented Canada at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia is expecting a baby boy! Last year she married actor Jeff Goldblum, sharing the happy news of her pregnancy on the eve of their wedding.

The pair also recently appeared on David Letterman:

Link: People Magazine


JANUARY 2 - ARABIAN PUNCH FRONT: NANSY DAMIANOVA "I WOULD DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN"

2005 Stella Zakharova Cup
Photo courtesy of Edwin Koppers

Arabian Punch Front has published a piece about Nansy Damianova, who completed her NCAA career last season. The article chronicles Damianova's early memories in gymnastics, to her own success as one of only two Canadian women competing at the 2008 Olympics, the successful NCAA career that followed, and what she's been up to now. Hint: She's considering trying out for Cirque du Soleil, another Montreal-grown sensation.

Link: http://arabianpunchfront.blogspot.ca/2015/01/nansy-damianova-i-would-do-it-all-over.html


JANUARY 1 - BEST OF 2014

Gymn.ca is once again honoured to make Coach Rick's Gymternet - Best of 2014 list. He writes:

  • Jenn Isbister’s Gymn.ca (Canada) … perhaps the original dedicated National site

Editor's note: I have much less time for websites these days, but still try to promote Canadian gymnastics nationally and abroad. Happy to still be cited for the efforts! Next year, Gymn.ca turns 15 years old.

Link: http://gymnasticscoaching.com/new/2015/01/gymternet-best-of-2014/


DECEMBER 14 - COPIAK, PAYNE WIN AT TOKYO CUP

Madison Copiak and Jackson Payne picked up medals at this weekend's Tokyo Cup. Copiak won bronze on bars, and a silver on beam. She also finished fourth on floor.

Jackson Payne's comeback continues, and he took bronze on the high bar.

Also competing were Robert Watson (5th R), Zachary Clary (6th PB, 8th R), and Ken Ikeda (7th PB).

Full results: http://gymnasticsresults.com/2014/as/jpn/toyota-international-gymnastics-competition.html


DECEMBER 6 - CYRENNE PLACES 7TH AT ABIERTO MEXICANO

Helody Cyrenne placed seventh in a field of eight at this year's Abierto Mexicano Invitational in Acapulco, MEX.

Watch her FX:


DECEMBER 6 - BLACK WINS SILVER AT GLASGOW GRAND PRIX

Ellie Black finished off her 2014 competitive season with a brilliant second place finish in Glasgow! Next up for Ellie is likely the American Cup, the third in the World Cup A series after DTB Cup and Glasgow Grand Prix.

http://gymnasticsresults.com/2014/eu/gbr/glasgow-grand-prix.html


DECEMBER 3 - BURLEY REMEMBERS THE ISOLATION, FEAR

1996 Olympian Kris Burley speaks to OutSports:
http://www.outsports.com/2014/12/3/7325043/kris-burley-canada-olympic-gymnast-gay


NOVEMBER 30 - BLACK PLACES 7th AT DTB CUP

It was an "off" day for Ellie Black in Stuttgart, Germany today at the DTB Cup. She placed 7th in a field of 8. Next up for Ellie is the Glasgow Grand Prix.

 Full results: http://enbw-dtb-pokal-2014-stuttgart.dtb-liveticker.de/public/upload/DTB-Pokal_Mehrkampf_Ergebnis_WAG.pdf


NOVEMBER 30 - SOLOSKI SILVER AT TOP GYM

Junior Sydney Soloski won silver in the all-around at this weekend's prestigous Top Gym competition, and picked up another two medals in the apparatus finals (silver on beam and bronze on floor). Earlier she and teammate Sydney Laird competed alongside Hungary, winning a mixed team medal.

Here's a look at Soloski's floor at last weekend's Coupe Avenir competition, also in Belgium:




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