Early Olympic berth gives Canada’s women’s gymnastics team advantage in road to Paris 2024


After barely squeaking into the world championship ultimate because the eighth and final qualifier, Canada’s women’s gymnastics team knew there was just one manner to go from there — up.

“All we mentioned was, ‘We cannot do worse than eight,”‘ mentioned Denelle Pedrick. “We went in with that mentality, and simply wanting to take pleasure in it.”

Pedrick, three-time Olympian Ellie Black, Laurie Denommee, Sydney Turner and Emma Spence went on to win a historic bronze in the team occasion on the world inventive gymnastics championships on Tuesday in Liverpool, England, securing a berth on the 2024 Paris Olympics. All however Black had been making their world debut.

The Canadians had been unaware of their standing on Tuesday till Black put up a rating of 13.833 on the beam — second solely to China’s Ou Yushan — in Canada’s ultimate occasion of the day.

“We had been targeted on our gymnastics and perhaps not a lot concerning the scores . . . [some] had an concept that we could possibly be prime 5, after which it got here down to shut to reaching the rostrum,” Black mentioned. “But the athletes competing on the beam, I believe we had been simply targeted on our gymnastics and what we wanted to do to have the most effective efficiency we might.”

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Ellie Black secures historic team medal for Canada at world gymnastics championships

Ellie Black’s beam routine secured Canada’s bronze medal, their first ever world medal in the team occasion, and a berth in that occasion on the 2024 Paris Olympics.

The U.S. gained their sixth straight world title with 166.564 factors. Britain claimed silver (163.363) to the delight of the hometown crowd. And the Canadians scored 160.563 for his or her first-ever medal in the team occasion.

“It was a really, very emotional moment,” mentioned Turner, the youngest on the team at 17. “Because this was historic for Canada, we knew that this was one thing we hadn’t achieved earlier than. We’ve all executed this sport for therefore a few years and have labored so exhausting in the health club. And simply the sensation of reduction that we achieved one thing that is by no means been executed earlier than, simply utterly overwhelmed everyone seems to be one of the best ways doable.”

“There had been a variety of tears,” she added. “Maybe some ugly crying from me, everybody else was tremendous crying, however I made a decision to go the ugly crying route. Just full happiness.”

Team Canada rejoice their third-place end following the women’s team ultimate on day 4 of the 2022 Gymnastics World Championships at M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, England. The Canadians scored 160.563 for his or her first-ever medal in the team occasion. (Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Had the Canadians not clinched an Olympic berth, they’d have had to try to qualify by way of the world championships subsequent 12 months at the moment.

While the five-member team for the Paris Games will not essentially be the identical 5 who climbed the rostrum on Tuesday, Black mentioned getting the qualifying out of the way in which early will repay down the road.

“It permits the team to work on growing our problem in our routines and making an attempt some issues that perhaps we did not need to take the chance of making an attempt subsequent world championship,” mentioned Black, a 27-year-old from Halifax.

The team celebrated by having dessert for lunch on Wednesday.

“I felt just like the competitors was a extremely good expertise for all of us,” mentioned Spence, a Cambridge, Ont., native. “We had a variety of enjoyable on the market, and we did a extremely good job staying targeted on one another.

“We did not actually listen to the scores, which is what made the top actually, I suppose extra stunning to us. Our response was so large and stunning, however we had been additionally simply tremendous proud and excited for the way we did.”

Black will compete in particular person finals later this week.

Canada certified for the women’s team occasion on the 2020 Olympics with a fifth-place end on the worlds in 2019, however did not make the ultimate in Tokyo.

Two-time Olympian Shallon Olsen of North Vancouver, B.C., the 2018 world silver medallist on vault, had to withdraw from this week’s world’s after the sudden demise of her mom.


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