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Vaculik, Hopfner-Hibbs, Lee win Elite Canada event finals

December 17, 2007

Canada's Elyse Hopfner-HibbsFrom International Gymnast Magazine:

Canadian world team members Kristina Vaculik and
Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs each won one event and tied for another as Elite Canada concluded Sunday in Abbotsford, B.C.

Vaculik, winner of Friday’s all-around competition, vaulted a clean Yurchenko full (13.7) and an Omelianchik (13.4) to place first, ahead of Missassauga’s Alyssa Brown and Gymnix Montreal’s Nansy Damianova.

Vaculik continued her success on bars (clear hip full to Tkatchev, full pirouette to Gienger, double front dismount), tying Sport Seneca’s Hopfner-Hibbs (Markelov, Jaeger, toe-on piked Tkatchev, double layout) with a 15.1. Ontario’s Peng-Peng Lee, second in the all-around, was third with a 14.2.

On balance beam, Hopfner-Hibbs turned in a solid routine that included a McCool (front handspring) mount to immediate back tuck and a side aerial to two layout stepouts to edge Vaculik, 15.300 to 14.95. Vaculik also performed a McCool mount but wobbled on her switch leap, back tuck combination.

Hopfner-Hibbs, who won the bronze on beam at the 2006 World Championships, said she is focusing on uneven bars and balance beam leading up to the Olympic Games.

“I’m trying to use all the competitions I get to go to as preparations for Beijing,” she said. “For me it’s just practice.”

Lee, who debuted a back handspring, tucked full combination Friday night, missed it Sunday but managed to place third with a 14.35, despite also falling on a tucked barani. Lee’s 7.0 A score was the highest of any in the competition.

Canada's Peng-Peng Lee

Undeterred, Lee turned in a clean, jazzy floor routine (full in, Arabian double front, 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 twist, double pike) to take top honors ahead of Damianova and Oakville’s Aisha Gerber.

Gerber, who formerly trained with Elvira Saadi at Cambridge Kips, took off five months between October 2006 and March 2007. She is now training with Kelly and Sue Manjak at Oakville Gymnastics in Ontario and said she is attempting to make the Olympic team.

“We are thinking Olympic Games,” Gerber said. “That is my goal and we are building step by step toward that goal.”

In the junior division, all-around runner up Ti Liu of Gymnix was the day’s big winner, placing first on uneven bars (13.85) and balance beam (14.4). Kristen Klarenbach of Ortona Gymnastics in Alberta won vault (13.325), while Laurel Clouston of Salta Gymnastics in Alberta was the top competitor on floor (13.85).

Gafuik returns to claim Elite Canada title

December 17, 2007

Canada's Nathan Gafuik

From International Gymnast Magazine:

After a year-long absence, Nathan Gafuik made a strong return to national competition by winning the senior men’s all-around at Elite Canada, held Saturday night in Abbotsford, B.C.

Although he competed at the 2007 World Championships and the recent Olympic test event in Beijing, Gafuik spent most of the past year recovering from injury. He missed both the 2007 Canadian Championships and the 2006 Elite Canada competition.

“It’s important for me to get out and compete because I’m a little bit rusty,” Gafuik said.

Gafuik, who totaled 89.900 to Ikeda’s 88.250, placed no lower than third on any event during the second night of competition. The 22-year-old from the University of Calgary turned in the highest scores of the meet Saturday night on vault (16.100), high bar (14.900) and floor exercise (15.550), and placed first on parallel bars with a combined score of 29.700.

Ken Ikeda
, an Abbotsford native, placed second all-around, first on pommel horse and second on parallel bars and high bar.

Halifax’s Hugh Smith was third with 84.400. Capital City’s Jared Walls won the rings title with 14.750.

Gafuik, the alternate to the 2004 Olympic team, is optimistic about the team’s chances in 2008 — if the gymnasts are healthy. At the 2007 World Championships in Stuttgart, veterans Kyle Shewfelt and Adam Wong missed the competition because of injuries.

“For me and a lot of other team members it’s about getting healthy,” Gafuik said. “We’re hoping for big things, and I can only hope we compete well.”

The Canadian men placed 11th in Stuttgart to qualify a full team to the 2008 Olympics. Ikeda said that while the team was pleased with the result, it hopes to qualify for team finals in Beijing, as it did at the 2006 World Championships.

“We didn’t do as well as we were hoping we’d do [at the 2007 Worlds], but I think it works out better that way,” Ikeda said. “Hopefully by Beijing we’ll have everyone back in top form and surprise everyone again.”

Jessica Savona of Mississauga won the junior women’s all-around over Montreal’s Ti Liu (Gymnix). British Columbia’s Sky Corbett-Methot (Omega) won the bronze.

Twelth in 2006, Kevin Lytwyn of Ontario’s Burlington B.G.’s won the junior men’s title. Calgary’s John Hall finished second ahead of Saskatchewan’s Anderson Loran.

2006 junior champion Jayd Lukenchuk was absent, having torn his ACL at the “Good Luck Beijing” test event earlier this month.

Silas Radies, who played a Hungarian gymnast in the 2006 film “White Palms,” won the men’s novice all-around.