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Canada Announces Men's Team; Shewfelt Back for Beijing
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Gymnastics Canada Gymnastique (GCG) announced Tuesday its 2008 men's Olympic team, which will compete in Beijing next month.

2004 Olympic floor exercise champion Kyle Shewfelt headlines the team, which also includes Nathan Gafuik, Grant Golding, David Kikuchi, Brandon O'Neill and Adam Wong. Alternates are Ken Ikeda and Jared Walls.

Shewfelt's return to the team caps a remarkable comeback following a double knee injury prior to the 2007 World Championships in Stuttgart. He missed the Canadian Championships in early June, but competed at the two team trials since.

"I am very excited to be a part of this team and I think the best is yet to come," Shewfelt told IG on Tuesday.

The team lineup is nearly identical to the one that competed at the 2006 Worlds in Aarhus, where Canada finished a record fifth in qualification and sixth in the final.

Wong also is returning from injury to make his second Olympic team, having suffered a torn Achilles' tendon in March 2007. Golding, Ikeda and Kikuchi are also making their second Olympic appearance. Gafuik was the alternate to the 2004 team in Athens.

"They all looked amazing," said men's program director Jeff Thomson. "We're all very excited about this team."

Team coaches are Edouard Iarov and Tony Smith.

External Link: Gymnastics Canada Gymnastique

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