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Cournoyer Confident Heading Into Canadian Championships
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Preparing for the Canadian championships later this month, 2014 Canadian all-around bronze medalist René Cournoyer told IG he wants to build on his recent progress and challenge for the gold medal.

“I believe that my chances to win the all-around are excellent if I perform as expected,” said Cournoyer of the championships that will take place May 26-31 in Gatineau, Quebec.

Cournoyer said he is aiming for a consistent performance that will help him earn a spot on the Canadian team for this summer’s Pan American Games in Toronto.

“My main goal is a competition without falls or major mistakes,” he said. “Equally, an average of 14.50 points per apparatus is possible and will assure me a place on the team for the Pan Am Games.”

Born April 23, 1997, in Repentigny, Quebec, Cournoyer trains under coach Jean-Sébastien Tougas at Gymnika in his hometown.

Last year Cournoyer placed third all-around at the Canadian championships; and sixth on vault and seventh on high bar at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, where he was also first reserve for the all-around final.

Cournoyer said he wants to continue the momentum he established at the Elite Canada meet earlier this year, where he placed second all-around.

“Since Elite Canada I have greatly added to my stability, particularly on rings and vault,” he said. “I have also worked hard on my dismounts, to avoid deductions that are easy to avoid.”

Cournoyer said he is also hopeful that Canada can earn a berth to next summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The top eight teams at this fall’s world championships in Glasgow, and four additional teams at a test event early next year in Rio, will qualify for the Games.

“To earn this in Glasgow will be far from easy,” Cournoyer told IG. “Our team must perform absolutely at our best if we want to have a chance. Stability in the routines and an impeccable care are necessary to the team.”

IG magazine's recent coverage of Canadian gymnasts includes:

"Aiming to Top the Charts" - Maegan Chant interview (October 2013)

"Canadian Promise" - Ellie Black chat and Robert Watson profile (July/August 2014)

"Canadian Diversity" - Ellie Black profile (July/August 2013)

"Black to Business" - Ellie Black interview (November 2012)

"Candid Canadians" - Madeline Gardiner and Jackson Payne interviews (September 2011)

Chat with Christine Peng-Peng Lee (April 2015)

Christine Peng-Peng Lee interview (April 2011)

Gael Mackie profile (July/August 2011)

"Sudden Impact" - Victoria Moors interview (January/February 2013)

"Making Tracks" - Scott Morgan profile (December 2013)

Isabela Onyshko profile (July/August 2014)

"Confident Canadian" - Brittany Rogers interview (May 2012)

"Canadian Diversity" - Hugh Smith profile (July/August 2013)

"Catching up with... Lori Strong Ballard" (June 2012)

Aleeza Yu two-page photo spread (May 2014)

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