The final event of the Artistic Gymnastics competition at these 2019 Canada Winter Games ended today, with Team BC securing two podium finishes. Team BC had 6 athletes compete in today’s individual apparatus finals.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
2nd Place - Vault - Emilie Hong (Langley)
3rd Place - Pommel Horse - Ryan Woodhead (Tsawwassen)
7th Place - Vault - Kennedy Duke (Surrey)
5th Place - Beam - Cathy Zhong (Richmond)
4th Place - Floor - Evan Fedder (Vancouver)
7th Place - Rings - Evan Fedder (Vancouver)
6th Place - Parallel Bars - Drew Kanigan (Merritt)
4th Place - Drew Kanigan (Merritt)