Canada top 12 in Rio

Canada’s goal is to finish in the top 12 of the overall medal standings at the Rio Olympics, its Olympic Committee president said Wednesday, which would be its best finish in 20 years. …

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Trampoline is one of Canada’s best Olympic sports. WAG finished 5th in London, a best ever performance. With a lot of depth in the run up to Worlds 2015 and (if needed) Olympic Test Meet 2016, I’d say WAG has a good shot at qualifying as a Team.

Canadian gymnasts at Gymnix
Canadian gymnasts at Gymnix

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Slow Motion – Rebeca Andrade

Great form. It would be wonderful if she were able to compete at the Rio Olympics.

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Rebeca Andrade de Rodrigues (born May 8, 1999 in Guarulhos) is a Brazilian artistic gymnast.

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proposed – reduce Team size for 2020 Olympics

The Executive Committee decided on a new proposal with regard to the qualification procedure for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which will be presented to the Council in Melbourne (AUS) in May.

The new proposal, which will be compared to the decision taken at the Council in Kuwait in 2014, includes a reduction in the number of team members in Artistic Gymnastics in the aim of providing additional qualification opportunities for event specialists and All-around gymnasts via Continental Championships, World Cups and World Challenge Cups.

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Rio Olympic venues

The IOC vice-president who called Rio de Janeiro’s preparations for the 2016 Olympics the “worst” in memory, says almost a year later that much has changed.

John Coates, in Rio for meetings of the International Olympic Committee executive board, said on Thursday he’s feeling content about South America’s first Olympics.

“A lot of great progress has been made,” Coates said. “That’s quite clear. I’m a lot more relaxed.” …

IOC vice-president sees ‘great progress’ in Rio

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Canadian High Performance Seniors

28 athletes as of Feb 26, 2015

1. E. Black
2. C. Carvalho
3. M. Chant
4. S. Gill
5. V. Moors
6. S. Olsen
7. I. Onyshko
8. J. Pedersen
9. K. Peterman
10. A. Rousseau
11. S. Townsend
12. R. Woo
13. V. Woo
14. A. Yu

TOP 6 BORN IN ’99 IF TOP 14 AA (4)
15. S. Soloski
16. L. Demers
17. A. Diallutto-Perez
18. M. Bastien

TOP 8 AA ABSOLUTE
19. M. Copiak
20. H. Cyrenne

PETITIONS
21. G. Douglas
22. C. Lee
23. E. Dumont
24. B. Rogers

REMAINING ATHLETES
25. M-J. Fortier
26. S. Laird
27. M. Lebeau
28. C. Wright

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Quite a bit of depth. I’m looking forward to seeing who ends up competing for Canada at Worlds 2015.

We’re hoping Heaven Latimer continues her comeback. She’s not competed the AA for some time.

Charlie Wright
Charlie Wright

Mikaël Kingsbury – freestyle skier

Mikaël Kingsbury … won an Olympic medal in 2014, finishing second to Alexandre Bilodeau in Sochi. He is the three-time reigning FIS Freestyle World Cup title holder for both moguls and overall freestyle. …

Here he is showing a sextuple twist into water.

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Right now, the 22-year-old skiing phenom from Quebec is so far ahead of the field he already has the overall title locked up, with a third of the season still to go.

And that leaves Kingsbury with an interesting dilemma: he can probably win the final three World Cup races of the season and become the most decorated moguls skier in history, or he can risk losing one to do something no one in his sport has ever done before.

Kingsbury is fairly confident he can land a cork 1440 — that’s a partial back flip with a quadruple twist. …

Canadian freestyler Mikaël Kingsbury eager to push the envelope

Peng and Danusia Francis talking Worlds

Very interesting.

Danusia Francis (Great Britain) and Christine ‘Peng Peng’ Lee (Canada) both talk up the possibility of Worlds 2015 and other international assignments in this recent interview.

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Both would need full FIG routines back in time for trials. Their 2015-16 College season would be disrupted.

I’d say both are long shots for Worlds Glasgow at this point. But I’d love to see them try out. :-)

Update: @ArabianPF_blog points out that Danusia may be able to compete for Jamaica. :-)

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