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Canadian tumbling athletes narrowly miss podium at World Cup in Shanghai

Canadian tumblers had successful results over the two-day World Cup competition, where all three athletes made finals after strong performances in the preliminary round.  Schwaiger narrowly missed the podium and finished fourth with 70.300 points in the men’s tumbling event behind Luo Zhang and Weiwei Zhang of China and Greg Townley of Great Britain. “I was happy with my performance in the preliminary round and was not expecting to rank fourth. My second pass in the finals could have been better and it cost me some points but I am glad I was able to finish on my feet and maintain my fourth place position.”

Women tumblers Sugrim and Raphaelle Villotte of Montreal, QC advanced to the finals after qualifying in second and fourth place respectively.  Following a strong performance in the final, Sugrim finished just off the podium in fourth place scoring 63.100 points; “I knew coming into this competition I had a chance of finishing in the top half and being in second place after preliminaries added a bit more pressure,” said Sugrim. “My coach Denis Vachon and I decided to go for more difficulty in the finals, but the transitions in both passes after double somersaults weren’t perfect and slowed me a bit, but I managed to finish both passes.”

Villotte also increased her difficulty in the finals and dropped to sixth place overall with a score of 61.900; “I went for easy passes in the preliminaries because of the training conditions and dealing with a slight injury prior to arriving in China,” said Villotte. “I am very happy with my passes in the finals, especially after increasing the level of difficulty just before beginning the competition.

Sarah Milette and Sophiane Méthot of Quadrotramp, QC were both competing in their first senior World Cup and were quite proud of their performances; “I managed my stress better than expected,” said Milette, who finished 15th in the individual trampoline competition.  “My goal was to complete my routines and to do them with the same quality as in training and I accomplished that. Training was a bit rough in the last couple days because the trampolines were a bit hard, so I’m overall very satisfied of my competition”

Méthot, who finished 16th in the individual trampoline competition was pleased with her weekend performance; “normally, I would approach competition with a precise objective, but because this was my first World Cup I was just expecting to complete both of my routines, which I did.”

In addition to their individual performances, Milette and Méthot paired up and competed in the synchronized trampoline competition where they finished 8th overall after advancing to the finals.  “I’m watching the other girls here and I know I belong to this group and can see that I’m not far from being competitive,” said Méthot.


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