Rhythmic gymnast Jessica Howard

Jessica Howard was a 3-time National Champion from Florida.

At the Ranch in 1999 she was abused by the criminal doctor.

The ranch turned out to be a nightmare. Jessica was there solely to see Nassar for a week, not to train, and she felt isolated, especially since no parents were allowed there. “It was like a prison on an island where you couldn’t escape.”

She was the perfect target for a predator …

What Gymnastics Did To Jessica Howard

Canada’s PanAm teams

Lima, Peru

Artistic July 27 – 31. Rhythmic August 2 – 5. Trampoline August 4 – 5.

Men’s Artistic

1.     Zach Clay (Chilliwack, B.C.)
2.     René Cournoyer (Repentigny, Que.)
3.     Justin Karstadt (Etobicoke, Ont.)
4.     Cory Paterson (Oakville, Ont.)
5.     Sam Zakutney (Ottawa, Ont.)
6.     Ed Van Hoof (Luton, Great Britain) – Head Coach
7.     Jean-Sebastien Tougas (Montreal, Que.) – Team Coach

Women’s Artistic

1.   Ellie Black (Halifax, N.S.)
2.   Shallon Olsen (Surrey, B.C.)
3.   Brooklyn Moors (Cambridge, Ont.)
4.   Ana Padurariu (Whitby, Ont.)
5.   Victoria Woo (Brossard, Que.)
6.   David Kikuchi (Truro, N.S.) – Team Coach
7.   Lorie Henderson (Winnipeg, Man.) – Team Coach
8.   Elvira Saadi (Cambridge, Ont.) – Personal Coach


“I had the most amazing experience at TORONTO 2015, so I cannot wait to make Canada proud with this team. It will be a great stepping stone …

Dave and Lorie are already named Olympic coaches regardless of who qualifies for Canada’s team to Tokyo 2020.


1.   Natalie Garcia (Mississauga, Ont.) – Individual
2.   Katherine Uchida (Toronto, Ont.) – Individual
3.   Carmel Kallemaa (Toronto, Ont.) – Group
4.   Diana Noskova (Concord, Ont.) – Group
5.   Vanessa Panov (Toronto, Ont.) – Group
6.   Carmen Whelan (Aurora, Ont.) – Group
7.   Alexandra Zilyuk (Richmond Hill, Ont.) – Group
8.   Stefka Moutafchieva (Woodbridge, Ont.) – Individual Coach
9.   Mira Filipova (Toronto, Ont.) – Group Coach


1.   Sarah Milette (Longueuil, Que.)
2.   Sophiane Méthot (La Prairie, Que.)
3.   Jason Burnett (Nobleton, Ont.)
4.   Jérémy Chartier (Montreal, Que.)
5.   Karina Kosko (Deux-Montagnes, Que.) – Coach
6.   Martin Myers (Toronto, Ont.) – Coach

Jason Burnett is coming back from an ankle sprain.

Canada’s FISU teams (officially) announced

Jessica Dowling

Men’s Artistic – COACH: Tony Smith – Calgary, AB
Jeremy Bartholomeusz; Jake Bonnay; Damien Cachia

Women’s Artistic – COACH: Chris Licameli – Southeast Missouri State
Jessica Dowling; Alana Fischer; Denelle Pedrick

Rhythmic – Alexandra Chtrevenskii – Montreal, QC (Concordia)
Alexandra Chtrevenskii

2023 Worlds to Antwerp

Belgium does a terrific job hosting major meets.

Rhythmic Worlds will go in Valencia from 4-10 September 2023.

Trampoline Worlds to Birmingham 9-12 November 2023 followed by World Age Group Competitions from 16-19 November.

most common injury for Olympic gymnasts?


The National Olympic Committee’s head physicians and the medical teams of the Local Organising Committee of the Olympic Games reported daily the occurrence (or non-occurrence) of newly sustained injuries in artistic, rhythmic and trampoline gymnastics on a standardised report form during the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympic Games.


During the three Olympic Games, 81 injuries were reported in a total of 963 registered gymnasts …

Thirty-eight per cent of injuries led to time-loss from sport. The most frequent injury location and injury type were the ankle (22%) and sprain (35%), respectively. …

Gymnastics injury incidence during the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games: Analysis of prospectively collected surveillance data from 963 registered gymnasts during Olympic Games

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