UPDATE: Crystal did not compete in preliminaries. Too bad.
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Crystal Gilmore impressed myself and everyone else by arriving at Canadian Gymnastics Championships in good condition. This woman has a great attitude!
Crystal is a 2000 Olympian who initially retired from the national team in 2002.
At the 2005 Canadian Championships, she competed with her Nova Scotia team (where she moved to be with her fiancÃ© at the time, men’s national team member David Kikuchi) in the national open category – her first meet in over three years.
She finished fourth in the all-around and second in the floor exercise in the 16 and over category.
Later that year she re-entered the high performance category with a ninth place finish at Elite Canada. …
At the 2006 Canadian Championships, Gilmore performed very well in the preliminaries, qualifying for the apparatus finals in the vault, uneven bars, and floor exercise events. Several mistakes dropped her to 12th place in the all-around finals, but she recovered well in the apparatus finals, taking bronze on the vault and finishing a close fourth in the floor exercise.
So far in her comeback, Gilmore has shown the ability to perform most of the skills that helped her make the 2000 Olympic team. On the vault she shows a strong Yurchenko-full and a handspring piked front. On the uneven bars she throws a Jaeger and a double layout dismount. On floor exercise is where she shows some of her best work, tumbling an Arabian double front, a 1 Â½ twist through to a 2 Â½ twist, and a double pike last line.
At the 2006 Commonwealth Games trials, Gilmore indicated that her goal was to make it back to the Olympics in 2008, where her leadership and experience could be very valuable to the Canadian team.
Good luck Crystal. You are an inspiration.