The 2016 Olympic Hopes took place in Liberec, Czech Republic from the 3rd-5th November 2016 and was open to the up and coming junior gymnasts of the world.

Official website of the event http://www.ohcliberec.com/

The star of the event on the womens side undoubtedly was 14 year old Ana Padurariu of Canada who swept the gold medals at this event. Not only did she win the AA and help Team Canada take the gold medal in the team competition, she also took the top spot on every event in event finals. This talented Canadian is certainly one to watch in the next quad and will turn senior in 2018. She has had quite a busy 2016, competing both nationally and internationally and impressing each time she has competed. Her AA scores have impressed and are right up there with the scores senior gymnasts are getting in the AA.

Overall the Canadian team looked extremely strong, winning the team competition and also having 4 gymnasts in the top 5 AA. A strong statement after having quite a disappointing Olympic Games where their team failed to qualify into the team final. After London in 2012, I really thought the Canadians were a team on the rise and could break into ‘the big 4…or 5’. Despite a disappointing result in Rio, I do still see lots of promise in their programme. They have a lot of seasoned veterans still training and willing to compete and a lot of very promising juniors. Not to mention that they did beat out Great Britain for the team title, a programme that has been said to be the replacement for Romania in ‘the big 4’ after their 3rd place finish in the team final at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. Albeit, Great Britain did not send some of their very top juniors to this meet and were missing big names such as Alice Kinsella, Maisie Methuen, Lucy Stanhope and Ellesse Oates. However one of their big hopes for the future, Taeja James was brought. Amelie Morgan of Great Britain must also be mentioned. She absolutely impressed with a 55.100 to take the silver AA and is just 13 years old, born in 2003, she will not turn senior until 2019. Given that most at the top tier of the competition were 2001/2002 babies, it is an impressive feat for this young gymnast. Great Britain also brought Scarlett Williams, another 2003 baby to the competition. It seems, Great Britain just wanted to give the younger juniors a chance to gain experience and rest those who have already proven themselves earlier in 2016.

All in all, there was great talent from these up and coming gymnasts who we will see more of in the lead up to Tokyo!

The womens results are as follows:

WAG Team:

  1. Canada 219.200
  2. Great Britain 208.550
  3. Czech Republic 1 199.850
  4. Hungary 199.150
  5. Czech Republic 2 181.750
  6. Norway 172.200

WAG All-Around:

  1. Ana Padurariu (CAN) 57.150
  2. Amelie Morgan (GBR) 55.100
  3. Jade Chrobok (CAN) 54.300
  4. Victoria Jurca (CAN) 53.350
  5. Sophie Marois (CAN) 52.850
  6. Haley de Jong (CAN) 52.450
  7. Taeja James (GBR) 51.200
  8. Jade Vella Wright (AUS) 50.950
  9. Zoe Simmons (GBR) 50.900
  10. Vendula Merkova (CZE 1) 50.650
  11. Chiara Bunce (GBR) 50.600
  12. Domini Ponizilova (CZE 1) 50.400
  13. Noemi Jakab (HUN) 49.700
  14. Adela Merkova (CZE 1) 49.600
  15. Sara Peter (HUN) 49.500
  16. Nora Feher (HUN) 49.350
  17. Lucie Jirilkova (CZE 1) 48.850
  18. Regina Medved (HUN) 48.550
  19. Csenge Bacskai (HUN) 48.350
  20. Romi Browne (AUS) 47.650
  21. Sabina Halova (CZE 2) 47.400
  22. Caitlyn Montgomery (AUS) 47.000
  23. Jasmina Hnilicove (CZE 1) 46.900
  24. Eliska Firtova (CZE 2) 46.650
  25. Dicko Erichsen (NOR) 46.350
  26. Patrycja Dronia (POL) 45.950
  27. Gabriela Murray (JAR) 45.900
  28. Oliwia Luka (POL) 45.600
  29. Sara Davidsen (NOR) 44.800
  30. Kristyna Brabcova (CZE 1) 44.750
  31. Barb Travnickova (CZE 2) 44.500
  32. Barbara Sikora (POL) 44.000
  33. Barbor Schneiderova (CZE 2) 43.300
  34. Tamsyn Bessit (JAR) 43.250
  35. Agne Zvirblyte (NOR) 43.000
  36. Natalie Klakova (CZE 2) 42.750
  37. Kristina Moravcova (CZE) 42.000
  38. Nora Irgens (NOR) 39.050
  39. Latalia Bevan (GBR) 37.750
  40. Scarlett Williams (GBR) 37.750
  41. Katerin Jelinkova (CZE 2) 33.150

WAG VT:

  1. Ana Padurariu (CAN) 14.350
  2. Victoria Jurca (CAN) 14.175
  3. Sara Peter (HUN) 14.075
  4. Amelie Morgan (GBR) 13.950
  5. Taeja James (GBR) 13.750
  6. Nora Feher (HUN) 13.400
  7. Dominika Ponizilova (CZE) 13.300
  8. Lucie Jirilkova (CZE) 13.175

WAG UB:

  1. Ana Padurariu (CAN) 14.000
  2. Jade Vella Wright (AUS) 13.450
  3. Nora Feher (HUN) 13.350
  4. Jade Chrobok (CAN) 12.950
  5. Chiara Bunce (GBR) 12.700
  6. Amelie Morgan (GBR) 12.100
  7. Vendula Merkova (CZE) 12.100
  8. Adela Merkova (CZE) 12.000

WAG BB:

  1. Ana Padurariu (CAN) 14.200
  2. Jade Chrobok (CAN) 13.750
  3. Taeja James (GBR) 13.350
  4. Vendula Merkova (CZE) 13.300
  5. Amelie Morgan (GBR) 13.000
  6. Regina Medved (HUN) 12.600
  7. Dominika Ponizilova (CZE) 11.550
  8. Csenge Bacskai (HUN) 11.400

WAG FX:

  1. Ana Padurariu (CAN) 14.100
  2. Lucie Jirikova (CZE) 13.550
  3. Amelie Morgan (GBR) 13.450
  4. Jade Chrobok (CAN) 13.400
  5. Noemi Jakab (HUN) 13.150
  6. Zoe Simmons (GBR) 13.100
  7. Adela Merkova (CZE) 12.750
  8. Jade Vella Wright (AUS) 11.800
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