Canada Names Women's World Team to Tokyo
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Gymnastics Canada Gymnastique announced its women's world squad Sunday, following a two-day trial in Ontario.


Team veteran Kristina Vaculik
Talia Chiarelli, Madeline Gardiner, Mikaela Gerber, Coralie Leblond-Chartrand, Peng Peng Lee, Dominique Pegg and Kristina Vaculik are set to represent Canada at this year's world championships.

The world championships take place Oct. 7-16 in Tokyo, where the top eight teams will earn berths to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. A further eight teams will advance to January's Olympic test event in London, where four more teams will earn Olympic invitations.

Only two gymnasts on the squad — Leblond-Chartrand and Vaculik — were members of the 13th-place Canadian team at the 2010 Worlds in Rotterdam.

Lee, formerly coached by Carol-Angela Orchard, now trains alongside Mikaela Gerber at Oakville Gymnastics under coaches Kelly and Sue Manjak and Lorne Bobkin. Lee impressed on uneven bars at the world trials held at Oakville, where she threw her Bhardwaj salto (full-twisting Pak) and new Shaposhnikova-half.

Pegg trains at Bluewater Gymnastics Club with Dave and Liz Brubaker. Talia Chiarelli, who now trains at Brestyan's Gymnastics in Massachusetts, is also affiliated with the club.

Vaculik, the team veteran, is taking the year off from Stanford University to train at home with coach Yelena Davydova.

Canadian champion Madeline Gardiner is coached by Elvira Saadi and Vladimir Kondratenko at Dynamo Gymnastics, which Saadi opened this year.

Coached by Katerine Dussault, Francine Bouffard and Pierre Prive at Gymnix in Montreal, Leblond-Chartrand is the only non-Ontarian on the squad.

External Link: Gymnastics Canada Gymnastique

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