RICHMOND, B.C. — Canadian gymnasts won four medals in the junior event finals at the Pacific Rim Championships on Friday (April 11).
Vancouver’s Shallon Olsen didn’t disappoint the hometown crowd, winning silver on women’s floor and bronze on vault while Ryan Oehrlein of Georgetown, Ont., took the gold in the men’s rings final.
“This is such a big step in my gymnastics career,” said Oehrlein, who also qualified for finals on parallel bars, high bar and floor.
“It’s the biggest competition I’ve been to in my life and I won gold on rings which was my goal. That gives me so much more confidence and another huge accomplishment under my belt.”
Rose-Kaying Woo of La Prairie, Que., who qualified for all four women’s finals, won bronze on floor behind teammate Olsen in second and Bailie Key of the U.S. in first.
Rene Cournoyer of Repentigny, Que., qualified for four finals, and fell just shy of the podium on both vault and high bar, settling for fourth in both events.
Other Canadians to compete in a final were Aaron Mah of Vancouver, sixth on pommel horse and Megan Roberts of Toronto, eighth on beam.
In the trampoline team competition Olympic champion Rosie MacLennan and 2008 Olympic silver medallist Jason Burnett, both of Toronto, led combined senior-junior teams to silver medals in both the men’s and women’s events behind China.
MacLennan also qualified for the women’s senior final along with Samantha Sendel of Toronto while Burnett and Keegan Soehn of Red Deer, Alta., both earned a spot in the men’s senior final.
In rhythmic gymnastics, Canadian champion Patricia Bezzoubenko of Toronto topped the field in the senior qualification and led Canada to the silver medal in the team event.