On the final day of gymnastics competition at the 2019 Canada Winter Games, Team BC gymnastics has hit the podium. Two athletes battled for top spots at Collicut Centre in Red Deer on February 21st during the Individual Apparatus Finals. These athletes qualified for the individual finals from their scores in the team competition earlier this week.
Emilie Hong (Langley) performed a Yurchenko one and a half to earn a silver medal in the Women’s Vault Final with a score of 9.587 from her second vault. In the individual vault finals, each competitor attempts their vault twice, with the judges keeping their higher score of the two.
This was only the third time Hong had ever competed the Yurchenko one and a half in competition. In this vault, Hong flipped onto the vault and then twisted one and a half times off in the air before sticking the landing.
“I had some normal competition nerves, but the energy was really good here today and it was so fun. It was crazy to have everyone’s eyes on only you while you performed as opposed to earlier this week,” said Hong when discussing her performance today. “I am happy with my score and so excited to have finished with silver.”
On the men’s side, Team BC athlete Ryan Woodhead (Tsawwassen) mixed in some new elements to his pommel horse routine that helped him to secure the bronze medal today.
Woodhead described his routine and celebration plans following the competition today.
“I added a Russian D flop on the single handle today. I almost fell but I kept it together, had a great dismount and stuck the landing. My circle felt really good and my toes were pointed. I am going to celebrate tomorrow with some junk food and a cheat day.”
Woodhead trains out of Ladner, BC at the Delta Gymnastics Society. He remembers being inspired by older athletes from his gym who had the opportunity to attend the 2015 Canada Winter Games.
“I knew this was a huge event. I had some fellow athletes that trained at my gym that went to the Games four years ago. It’s so cool now that I am here. It really is so awesome.”
Individual Apparatus Medalists:
Women’s Vault Final
Silver – Emelie Hong (Langley) – 9.587
Men’s Pommel Horse
Bronze – Ryan Woodhead (Tsawwassen) – 12.950
Next week, gymnastics continues at the 2019 Canada Winter Games with Trampoline.