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Learning experience for Canadian rhythmic gymnasts in Russia

Canadian champion Carmen Whelan of Aurora, ON had strong performances in her hoop, ball and clubs routines but made mistakes in her ribbon routine. Whelan’s top performance came with a score of 14.300 points in the hoop. An overall score of 50.300 points put Whelan in 32nd place.

Katherine Uchida of Toronto, ON struggled during the competition finishing with 49.400 points to finish 36th overall. Uchida’s top performance came with a score of 13.050 points in the hoop.

Group members Elizabet Belittchenko, Renna Cukier, Cleo Page, Vanessa Panov, Anastasia Shanko, and Alexandra Udachina missed the finals in both events finishing in 11th place overall with a score of 28.400. The group’s five hoops routine, which landed them a sixth place finish in Minsk last week, was once again their top performance with a score of 14.850.

For full results from the competition, click here.




Carmen Whelan, 32nd overall:

“This weekend I was happy with three of my four performances. My goal was to reduce my mistakes and improve on my execution of difficulties since the World Cup in Minsk last weekend, and I feel like I was able to do that. Unfortunately, my ribbon routine didn’t go as planned but mistakes are a part of competing. This experience has helped me remember that mental preparation is just as important as the physical aspects.”

Katherine Uchida, 36th overall:

“This wasn’t my strongest performance. I made more mistakes than I have previously, however, every time I compete, I learn something new. Some parts of this competition were stronger than last week in Minsk, but I felt I was also lacking in other areas in my performance. Consistency is key with this code of points so showing consistent routines is ultimately the best thing I can do as a developing athlete. I know what my weaknesses from these competitions have been and what I need to improve upon.”

Group, 11th overall:

“On the first day, we felt a little more nervous than usual, perhaps it was the gym that was a little more intimidating. We didn’t perform as well as the previous competition, but we feel confidant that we will perform as best we can at upcoming competitions. Our ropes and balls routine was a little messy, but we didn’t make any major mistakes. We know what we have to do to get better and will continue to work towards that achievement.”



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