|Photo by Silvia Vatteroni|
We all felt deeply sorry for Canada for not making the team final at Rio Olympic Games. They finished just shy of the team final in ninth place. But despite that, they actually did great in Rio. Here is why:
Ellie Black had a fifth place finish in the individual all around which is the highest ever placement in a World or Olympic all-around final by a Canadian. How impressive!
She scored less than 0.4 points lower than the bronze medalist Aliya Mustafina. This was Ellie's second Olympic Games. In London, she led her team to a fifth-place finish, the best Olympic showing ever for Canada at women's artistic gymnastics' team final; and managed to qualify to the vault final where she injured her leg on her first vault and had to withdraw. She failed to land on feet first thus received the score of zero placing last.
It is worth mentioning that Ellie finished in ninth place in the all around at 2014 World championships, the highest placement in a World all around final by a Canadian.
Shallon Olsen, who only became eligible to compete internationally as a senior in the Olympic year, became the first ever Canadian gymnast to perform the Amanar vault.
Olsen's second vault was a rarely done one, a round off half on one and a half forward twisting tuck which is worth 5.9 under 2013-2016 CoP. The vault was originated by one of Russia's greatest gymnasts Svetlana Khorkina.
Olsen qualified to the vault finals and finished in eighth place.
Isabela Onyshko qualified in eighth place on balance beam, making her the first Canadian gymnast to qualify to a balance beam final at an Olympic Games. She competed two hard skills in combination; a back full tuck (F) and a layout to two feet (E).
Onyshko turned senior in 2014. She was part of the 2014 and 2015 Canada's World teams.
Written by Gigi Farid