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31 Aug 2011

YOG on the Road to London 2012… talks to Canadian gymnastic hopefuls

By YOG Young Reporter Kimiya Shokoohi

Canadian athletes Katrina Cameron and Madeline Gardiner have a few things in common. They are both gymnasts, they both competed at the first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and they both have their sights set on the London 2012 Olympic Games. Where the difference lies is that one is an artistic gymnast the other a rhythmic gymnast.

Since Singapore, both have thrown themselves head-first into their respective disciplines. Katrina, who took bronze with the Canadian junior rhythmic gymnastics team in Singapore, has graduated to the senior team, and the pressure is on!

“We’re training pretty much every day in the summer,” the 16-year-old said. “We think practice makes perfect.”

Artistic gymnast Madeline, who braved a torn calf muscle and a hard hit to the head during the bars event in Singapore to finish a respectable 13th all round, recently overcame yet further injury to take first place at the 2011 Canadian Championships.

“I’m definitely trying to remember what I did there [YOG] and trying to apply everything into helping me improve and helping me move on,” she explains.

For both, the next goal is London 2012, but first they need to help Canada secure a spot at the Games by putting in their best performances at the upcoming World Championships in September (rhythmic) and October (artistic).

“I’m definitely trying to help Canada qualify a team and after that I want to make the team and make the Olympics,” said a determined Madeline.

Keeping positive, Katrina said of the rhythmic gymnastics team: “I think if we just work really hard and give it our all, then we have a pretty good chance of making it.”

A big shout out to all the YOG athletes who competed at Singapore 2010!

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