Posts Tagged ‘Carol-Angela Orchard’

Petitioning Kristina Vaculik to Beijing

May 7, 2008

Kristina VaculikSomeone isn’t happy that 2008 Olympic hopeful Kristina Vaculik is training Nansy Damianova and Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs in the points competiton that will partly determine who makes the Canadian Olympic team.

A petition to Gymnastics Canada Gymnastique, the governing body of Canadian gymnastics, has been set up here.

The fairly complicated Canadian selection process was explained well by Hopfner-Hibbs’s coach Carol-Angela Orchard in an interview with International Gymnast Online last week.

Athletes also receive points for their previous World Championships experience.

A minimum standard has been set by Gymnastics Canada for each event: 13.600 on vault (average of two vaults); 15.300 on bars; 15.100 on beam; and 14.300 on floor.

The gymnasts are given Olympic Qualifying points when they hit the minimum standards in meets they are sent to around the world, plus Elite Canada and Nationals. The higher their score, the higher number of points they receive.

Related post: Nansy Damianova, Olympic hopeful

Canadian Peng-Peng Lee: Huge difficulty on beam

February 5, 2008

OK, so she falls twice here. And during the all-around of Elite Canada in December she fell three times. Nevertheless, the difficulty in Canadian Peng-Peng Lee’s beam routine rivals the best in the world.

Peng-Peng Lee, 2007 Elite Canada Event Finals, Balance Beam:

This routine carries a start value of 7.3, and according to Lee’s coach Carol-Angela Orchard, she’s got more in her bag of tricks — namely an illusion turn that can be added in for more difficulty.

Lee has been making waves as a junior in Canada since 2004, but is just beginning to get international exposure. She represented Canada at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janiero (the Brazilian crowds laughed at the beginning her floor routine but cheered when she landed her first pass well.) More international exposure is likely to follow.

Peng-Peng Lee, 2004 Elite Canada, Floor Exercise: