Tags: Brittany Rogers, Dominique Pegg, Ellie Black, Gymnastics BC, Kristina Vaculik, Olympics, Results, Victoria Moors
Earlier today, the Canadian women’s gymnastics team put their names in the history book with a 5th place finish in the team final! BC’s Brittany Rogers (Flicka), Ellie Black (NS), Victoria Moors (ON), Dominique Pegg (ON) and Kristina Vaculik (ON) scored a total of 170.804 to edge Great Britain, Italy and Japan.
The United States dominated the competition scoring 183.596 to beat Russia (178.530) and Romania (176.414). China finished in 4th (174.430).
Canada had the third best team score on floor exercise led by Moor (14.600, 8th). Rogers was once again the top Canadian on uneven bars scoring 14.466 and 14.866 on vault to rank 12th on both apparatus. Black was ranked 6th on vault (15.233) and was also the top Canadian on beam with 14.266 (13th).
Competition continues for the Canadians on Thursday (August 2) as Pegg competes in the All Around Final and on Sunday as Rogers and and Black take part in the vault finals.
CONGRATULATIONS TEAM CANADA!!!!
Tags: Brittany Rogers, Dominique Pegg, Kristina Vaculik, Olympics, Team Canada, Victoria Moors
BC’s Brittany Rogers (Flicka) was nominated to the 2012 Olympic team today in Ottawa following the conclusion of the women’s artistic gymnastics selection event. Rogers was third in the competition today with her best scores coming on vault and uneven bars.
In the words of Twitter announcer Talia Chiarelli, “Britt [is] just knocking it outta the park today”.
Her performance over the two days earned her a spot on the Canadian team alongside Kristina Vaculik, Victoria Moors and Dominique Pegg. The final and alternate spot will be determined this afternoon by the selection committee.
The official team announcement by the Canadian Olympic Committee is scheduled for Friday, June 30 at 10:00am (1pm EST) at the National Art Gallery in Ottawa.
Tags: Briannah Tsang, Brittany Rogers, Gatineau, Kristina Vaculik, Olympics, Selection, trials, Victoria Moors
In the first competition on Tuesday in a two-part selection event for the five-member women’s Olympic gymnastics team, BC’s Brittany Rogers, placed first on vault and uneven bars to move up to third place overall in the fight for an Olympic berth with 26.60 points.
Briannah Tsang (Flicka) was third on vault and sits in 10th place.
Kristina Vaculik of Whitby, Ont., maintained a commanding lead among the group of 11 gymnasts vying for a spot on on the squad. She placed first on beam, third on uneven bars, fourth on floor and seventh on vault to finish first overall, ending the day with a total of 76.60 points in the Olympic selection race.
“I’ve just been taking one thing at a time and this has been another big stepping stone towards London,” said Vaculik, a three-time Canadian all around champion. “I haven’t been focussing on points, but on my routines and setting my sights on the Olympics.”
All 11 gymnasts will compete again on Thursday in the final selection meet with the top five overall qualifying for Canada’s first full women’s Olympic team since 2004. Results from the 2012 Canadian championships last month in Regina also count towards the Olympic selection.
Victoria Moors of Cambridge, Ont., finished a close second on Tuesday, solidifying her hold on second place in the Olympic qualification with 55.40 points.
Jessica Savona of Oakville, Ont., is ranked fourth overall with 23.20 points, Dominique Pegg of Sarnia, Ont., fifth with 23.10 points and Ellie Black of Halifax with 22.40.
Trailing by more than 10 points are Madeline Gardiner of Cambridge, Ont., in 7th place overall, Mikaela Gerber of Cambridge, Ont, 8th, Jessica Dowling of Oakville, Ont., 9th and Anysia Unick of Calgary, 11th.
Tags: Alexandra Raisman, American Cup, Jackson Payne, jordyn wieber, Victoria Moors
Olympic hopefuls Victoria Moors of Cambridge, Ont. and Jackson Payne of Edmonton made the most of last-minute invitations to the prestigious American Cup gymnastics meet on Saturday, placing fourth and seventh all around respectively in a top-calibre international field.
Moors and Payne were offered a chance to participate at the American Cup on very short notice, replacing two German athletes who withdrew with injuries. Both flipped at the chance but admitted they were not as prepared for the meet as they would have liked.
Moors, 15, a potential Olympic medalist on floor exercise, finished ahead of highly ranked competitors from Romania, Germany, Australia and Great Britain with a total score of 56.365 points.
The teenage dynamo delivered her best performance on floor with a score of 14.766 points and also showed an impressive double-twisting Yurchenko vault, landing solidly for 14.733 points.
“I think I did pretty well for myself,” said Moors, who was also particularly pleased with her beam routine, an event she’s not well known for and has been working hard to improve.
“Beam is my so-so event, where I’m always the most nervous,” she said.
Moors passed her first major test as a senior competitor in January at the last Olympic qualification meet where her clutch performances on vault and floor helped the Canadian women to a second place team finish and one of just 12 full team berths at the Games.
Payne, who finished seventh in the eight-man field with an overall mark of 84.198, felt the lack of prep time affected his performance.
“I haven’t really been focusing very much on an all-around score since the London event in January,” said Payne. “I’ve been working mostly on parallel bars, high bar and pommel horse, and going through the all-around was the first time since the London meet.”
Payne received his highest score of the competition on high bar but struggles on floor and vault effectively ended his chances of challenging for the American Cup title.
As Canada’s top individual competitor at the London Olympic qualifier, Payne is a leading contender to earn the country’s lone spot at the Games in men’s gymnastics after the team just missed qualifying a full squad.
“I still need to show that I can perform the way that I can through the next few months and to show them that I can be that guy at the Olympics for Canada,” he said.
World champion Jordyn Wieber of the United States easily defended the women’s American Cup all around title she won last year, scoring 61.032 points. Teammate Alexandra Raisman finished second with 60.832 points and Romania’s Larisa Iordache place third at 59.322.
In the men’s competition, 2011 world parallel bars champion Danell Leyva of the U.S. came from behind during the last event to win the men’s all around title with 90.664 points, ahead of Ukraine’s Mykola Kuksenkov (90.498 points) and Germany’s Marcel Nguyen (89.925 points).
Tags: American Cup, Gymnastics BC, Gymnastics on TV, Jackson Payne, jordyn wieber, New York, Victoria Moors
Canada’s Victoria Moors and Jackson Payne are set to compete at the 2012 American Cup this weekend in New York. Watch it live on NBC beginning at 10:00 (PST) on Saturday, March 3.
Other athletes competing include American’s Jordyn Wieber and Alexandra Raisman and Diana Chelaru from Romania. In the men’s competition, Danell Levya and John Orozco represent the US alongside Japan’s Ryuzo Sejima.