The Canadian National Championships are over and normally this blog is a place for facts and not too much opinion as I am writing on behalf of the women's program. However I am feeling the need to give a little more insight than normal. This was the first Canadian Nationals I have attended and nothing could have prepared me for the roller coaster of emotions, that not only I would ride, but everyone associated with Oakville Gymnastics Club!!
First came the news of Peng's injury which broke all of our hearts simultaneously. It is that she is such a beautiful young person as well as being a superb athlete and competitor that makes it that much harder to take. We are still keeping positive but Nationals was not the same as it would have been had she been able to compete!!
Mikaela Gerber had a great day 1 posting the second highest beam score and then uncharacteristically struggled in the all around on all four events. More heart break for Oakville supporters!! Mikaela still has the training camp in Gatineau to look forward to and don't count her out of contention either.
Jordyn Pedersen has secured a place as alternate for the junior pan am games which will be held in Colombia next month. Jordyn will be a bit dissappointed to have missed the last spot by just .200. Such a cruel sport.
Mariana Colussi Palaez continues to improve and develop as an elite athlete. She had a struggle in the All Around but still came out smiling! She has a great attitude!!
I had to leave before Junior and Senior Event finals but to be honest I don't think I could have watched another minute of gymnastics. I do LOVE watching gymnastics. I love the grace and power. I love the determination shown by the athletes. I love it when it all comes together and you see the look of pure triumph on their face!! It's the heart break I can't take.