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Moors on Tokyo 2020: ‘Excited For The Possibilities’
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Canadas’s Brooklyn Moors, who kicked off her Olympic year with a solid second-place all-around finish at last month’s Elite Canada meet, is just ramping up for the valuable competitions ahead that she hopes will lead her to this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Moors, who turned 19 on February 23, earned a two-day total of 106.414 points to ranked second behind Ana Padurariu (106.865) at Elite Canada that took place February 5-9 in Calgary. There she reaffirmed herself as one of Canada’s top all-arounders, having finished 15th all-around at the 2017 World Championships in Montreal, 24th all-around at the 2018 Worlds in Doha and 14th all-around at the 2019 Worlds in Stuttgart.

Passionate choreography and dynamic tumbling have also made Moors an international medal threat on floor exercise, the apparatus on which she finished fifth in Montreal, eighth in Doha and seventh in Stuttgart.

In this International Gymnast Online interview, the meticulous Moors shares her thoughts on her Elite Canada performances and her pre-Olympic preparations.

IG: Your performance at Elite Canada was even more impressive as it required more stamina than usual, with two days of all-around and both counting. To what do you attribute your results there?

BM: I actually had only been training about a month before Elite Canada due to another injury in my back that occurred just after Worlds (in October 2019). I was completely off training for a few months, and in the new year I was able to resume training. It was definitely a tough month prior to the competition to get back into competition shape, knowing we planned to introduce upgrades. But I am extremely lucky to have had the help of my coaches and the support team at GymCan to help me get where I needed to be. Overall, I went into Elite Canada with no expectations for myself, just wanting to try a few upgrades before the next competitions.

IG: Since Stuttgart, what changes did you make to your training so you could produce the performance you delivered at Elite Canada?

BM: My coach Elvira (Saadi) and I had both decided to add a fourth tumbling line on floor, so training on that event was a bit more intense. I had to put extra work into my endurance because adding that fourth line was tough for me, especially having been off for awhile. Otherwise, my training was similar to before, ensuring that I would peak at the right time.

IG: What are your key competitions between now and Tokyo, and what role does each of them play in your preparation for Tokyo?

BM: The current plan for now is Nationals in May, which is an important competition this year. I have to think of each competition as an opportunity to gain experience and perfect all my routines, specifically floor, and additionally work on execution. Meanwhile, Elvira and I are still developing my floor routine to get it to where we'd like it to be in terms of dance and difficulty, but I'm excited for the possibilities.

IG: You are renowned for your amazing floor work, but you also have proven yourself over the past few years as a top all-arounder. Given that your team has several good all-arounders, what will it take for you to earn an all-around spot for Tokyo?

BM: Our plan right now is to just keep working on the same training path, ensuring I stay strong and healthy and take things day by day. Floor is one of my main events, but I have been focusing on improving in the all-around. I've worked really hard to get where I am today, overcoming many obstacles, so I just need to remain focused and do my best in hopes of representing Canada in Tokyo.

Brooklyn Moors and Ana Padurariu are featured in the following issues of International Gymnast magazine:

Moors center poster (April 2019)

“Canadian Grace” - four-page Moors interview (December 2017)

Padurariu interview (December 2019)

“Ana Hits Her Stride” - Padurariu cover story/interview (March 2019)

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