Artistic gymnasts Shallon Olsen, Rose-Kaying Woo, and Scott Morgan were named to Canada's 2016 Olympic team on Thursday as Gymnastics Canada Gymnastique finalized its team to Rio de Janeiro.
Artistic gymnasts Shallon Olsen, Rose-Kaying Woo and Scott Morgan were named to Canada's 2016 Olympic team on Thursday as Gymnastics Canada Gymnastique finalized its team to Rio de Janeiro.
Olsen (Omega, BC) and Woo (Gym-Richelieu, QC) join Ellie Black, Isabela Onyshko and Brittany Rogers on Canada's women's team. Black, Onyshko and Rogers were named to the team Wednesday after Canada's Olympic trials in Gatineau, Que., based on accumulative points. Olsen and Woo were chosen by selection committee.
"Being named to our Olympic team is so great and I'm proud to be on a team with these amazing athletes," said Black, a 2012 Olympian. "We are going to keep working to improve until the Games and we will do our best to make Canada proud!"
Madison Copiak (Calgary Gymnastics Centre, AB) and Megan Roberts (East York, ON) were named team alternates. Onyshko's coach Lorie Henderson and Black's coach David Kikuchi were selected as team coaches for the Canadian women.
Morgan (Flicka, BC), a double gold medalist at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, will be the sole representative in Rio for the Canadian men. Canada finished eighth at April's Olympic qualification event, missing out on sending a full team to this summer's Games. Morgan — along with Olsen and Rogers — is one of three gymnasts on the team from Vancouver, site of the 2010 Winter Olympics.
"Six years ago, seeing the 2010 Olympians in my hometown of Vancouver sent shivers down my spine," said Morgan, who won floor exercise and still rings at the Canadian championships. "Now I can't wait to be a part of the team I looked up to, wearing that maple leaf on my chest, showing the world Canada's best! We each have a dream and I'm so thrilled I could make mine a reality."
Ontario's Jason Burnett and Rosie MacLennan will represent Canada in trampoline for the third consecutive Olympics. MacLennan, who won Canada's sole Olympic gold in 2012, is the defending Olympic champion in trampoline, while Burnett won the silver in 2008.
"I am incredibly excited to be heading to my third Olympic Games," MacLennan said. "It's always an honour to represent Canada in a sport that I am truly passionate about and to join a team of such amazing athletes and people. Having the chance to share my passion on such a big stage is a dream come true but to be able to do that for a third time, having learned and grown from my last experiences, is really exciting."
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