Four medals for Canada on day one at 2017 International Gymnix
MONTREAL, QC (March 10, 2017) – Day one of the 2017 International Gymnix competition has come to an end in Montreal with Canadian senior athletes winning a combined four medals in team and individual all-around finals.
Rio 2016 Olympian Shallon Olsen of Surrey, BC put her best foot forward today and won the silver medal in the individual all-around with a score of 53.401, just less than one point back of Hitomi Hatakeda of Japan. Olsen’s best apparatus was the vault, where she scored 14.567 putting her in a tie for first place with the legendary Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan. “It was great being able to compete against her,” said Olsen referring to Chusovitina. “I congratulated her and know that it made me push harder competing against her.”
Senior team newcomer Brooklyn Moors of Cambridge, ON had strong performances on the beam and floor, helping her finish third in the all-around scoring 53.001. “Floor is usually my favourite routine but today I tried a new vault skill and was very excited with my performance,” said Moors following competition. “The atmosphere here is amazing. I have some family and friends here so I didn’t feel as stressed knowing they were there to support me.”
The Canadian women were divided into two teams for the competition, Canada 1 and Canada 2. Canada 1, comprised of Moors, Jade Chrobok (Oshawa, ON), Audrey Rousseau (La Prairie, QC) and Megan Roberts (Toronto, ON), finished with a score of 158.871 to capture the gold medal. Canada 2 won the bronze medal with a final score of 157.070 with help from Olsen, Sophie Marois (Île Bizard, QC), Megan Philips (Chateauguay, QC) and Rose-Kaying Woo (Brossard, QC). “I was stressed before competition started but I had a good performance overall,” said Marois after receiving her bronze medal. Marois finished in sixth place overall and had her best performance of the night on the beam.
Dave Brubaker, National team director for women’s artistic gymnastics at Gymnastics Canada, was pleased with today’s results; “we had some great performances today. There’s always room for improvement but it’s the beginning of the Olympic cycle and we’re working towards Tokyo,” he said. “Tomorrow is the junior competition and we’re looking forward to seeing many new athletes in the competition. We’ve been focusing on process with the junior athletes through the national camp we hosted and are excited to see the results long term. We’ve great coaches and teams and are making big strides to win medals in 2020.”
Competition continues tomorrow with the junior all-around team and individual finals. All junior and senior apparatus finals will be held on Sunday.
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