The 2017 International Gymnix will take place in Montreal, Canada from March 10th- 12th 2017.

More information on the event can be found here: http://internationalgymnix.ca/en/

Tickets can be bought here: http://internationalgymnix.ca/en/spectators/tickets/

Schedule for the event can be found here: http://internationalgymnix.ca/en/spectators/schedule/

The event will be streamed live by FloGymnastics.

The event is hosted annually by the Gymnix club in Montreal and always attracts top talent from around the world with Olympic and World Champions Aliya Mustafina of Russia, Jordyn Wieber and Shawn Johnson of the USA and Lilia Podkopayeva of the Ukraine among it’s past competitors.

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Past Gymnix competitor; Olympic Champion, Shawn Johnson

This year, like every year has a roster full of promising, young talent who will be hoping to replicate the careers of the Olympic and World Champions who competed at Gymnix as youngsters and then went on to become the gymnastics superstars they are today.

Likewise, the event will also see seasoned veterans compete including Olympic and World Champion Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan, two time Olympian Brittany Rogers of Canada and 2016 Canadian Olympians Shallon Olsen and Rose-Kaying Woo.

The event will consist of the Junior International Cup, the Senior International Cup, open to elite gymnasts from around the world, the Gymnix Classic, open to Canadian gymnasts of varying levels and the Gymnix Challenge, open to level 10 or equivalent gymnasts from around the world and Canada, usually sent by their clubs.

The Junior International Cup always boasts an impressive roster and this year is no different. Some of the best teams in the world come to compete and they usually send their top juniors.

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Maile O’Keefe

This year, like last year, the U.S. is sending four of it’s top juniors and they are certainly the ones to watch. The four U.S. juniors being sent to Canada are Gabby Perea, Emma Malabuyo, Maile O’Keefe and Sunisa Lee.

Perea, a beautiful UB worker had a breakout 2016 season which began with an impressive showing at the 2016 International Gymnix. She has only improved since then and will likely medal in the AA and on UB and help the US team to gold. Malabuyo, like Perea had a breakout 2016 which began at the 2016 Gymnix International. Malabuyo is a steady and consistent competitor and is certainly a gymnast on the rise. Reminiscent of Kyla Ross, she has an ease to her gymnastics and shines on the BB and on UB. In addition, she is a steady AA competitor, placing 2nd AA at the 2016 Secret U.S. Classic. O’Keefe, the 2016 U.S. Junior National Champion will be making her international debut at this meet after having a breakout competition at the 2016 P&G Championships. She is a great AA competitor and should medal there. She also has solid BB and FX work and should contend for medals there. Like Maile, Sunisa Lee is also making her international debut at this event, having only been added to the National Team at the February National Team Camp. It will be interesting to see how Sunisa will handle the international stage, given that she was only new to the elite world last year, competing for the first time at 2016 P&G Championships. She is the youngest of the group, not turning senior until 2019, the year before the Olympics, she is typically the ‘perfect age’ and her talent is evident, with beautiful lines and good flexibility along  with enough power to open her FX with a double layout. Her BB work is also lovely and I suspect she has been working hard since last Summer so it will be interesting to see what this 13 year old will bring to the stage.

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Gabby Perea

Canada, like always is bringing a large selection of it’s best junior gymnasts. It is bringing three separate teams to the competition. The standouts of the Canadian entourage is Canadian junior standout Ana Padurairiu. She has had a stellar junior career thus far and will undoubtedly have a similarly great 2017, her last year as a junior gymnast. She has gone undefeated in her last four competitions, 2017 Elite Canada, 2016 Olympic Hopes Cup, 2016 Pan Am Championships and the 2016 Canadian Championships, also winning the majority of events at each of these competitions. Her best event is undoubtedly BB, scoring a massive 15.050 on the event at last years Canadian Championships. Victoria Jurca, the other top Canadian junior is also a last year junior and has beautiful dance on FX with solid tumbling. She also has some difficult BB work but has some questionable form. She may struggle to medal given the talent at the event but has some nice work to watch nonetheless. Canada will also send some very young talent including 2004 born Zoe Allaire-Bourgie and 2003 born Quinn Skrupa, Imogen Paterson, Charlotte Innes, Imogen Gorsline and Jillian Languille who will be hoping to climb the ranks as we look towards Tokyo in 2020.

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Ana Padurairiu

Likewise, the Italians will bring some of their youngest gymnasts with the whole Italian team being girls born in 2003 including twins Alice and Asia D’Amato and Italian junior standout, Giorgia Villa.

Alongside the US team, the Russians will undoubtedly be the ones to watch and will be the top medal contenders. And like the Italians, they are bringing some of their youngest talent to Gymnix. This is not unusual for the Russians who often use Gymnix as either a gymnasts very first international meet or a way to get their youngest and most inexperienced gymnasts out on the international stage, as opposed to the U.S. who tend to send their more seasoned competitors, often sending their ‘last year seniors’, i.e. their 14 and 15 year olds. All of the Russian team for Gymnix are either 2003 or 2004 babies, opting to send these over the many talented 2002 babies they have. Of course, these will be the gymnasts that are the building blocks for Tokyo and beyond. At first glance, both Irina Komnova (who competed at the Reykjavik International earlier this year) and Daria Belousova both have traits of classic Russian gymnasts. Irina has lovely lines and leaps and has absolutely exquisite turns on floor, with her most impressive being a double spin in attitude where she remains high in releve throughout the spin, keeping control of the spins at all times. She flies like a gymnast with a similar name, the infamous Viktoria Komova and also shares another unfortunate trait with Ms. Komova, the inability to stay on the BB. Whilst her BB work is lovely, she does tend to just hop off if things aren’t going perfectly. Likewise, Belousova has exquisite beam work, complete with beautiful leaps and beautiful displays of flexibility. Overall, it is hard to know what we will see from this young Russian team, given their inexperience and low exposure on the international scene due to the fact they are just at the beginning of their elite careers but I am excited to see what they bring to the table!

In the Senior International Cup, the Canadians, like the junior portion are sending a large entourage. New seniors, Jade Chrobok and Brooklyn Moors are certainly ones to watch. Jade, having recently won the senior portion of Elite Canada in February has really established herself as one of Canada’s top seniors, especially important given the fact that the World Championships will be held in Montreal in October. Brooklyn Moors, sister of 2012 Olympian Victoria Moors is also establishing herself as one of Canada’s top talents with great FX work in particular.

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Brooklyn Moors meeting Prince Harry in 2012 during the Olympic Games alongside family and her sister, 2012 Olympian Victoria Moors

Of course, other Canadians to watch for are 2016 Olympians Rose-Kaying Woo, Shallon Olsen and Brittany Rogers. Olsen is an impressive VT worker and qualified to the Olympic VT final after debuting her impressive Amanar at the Games. A first year senior in 2016, I suspect we will see yet more impressive VT work from Ms.Olsen and likely, given she is now in her second year as a senior we will see even more confidence in her gymnastics. Rogers, likewise has impressive VT work and is on the road to Tokyo, having just finished her NCAA career at Georgia in 2016. Woo, like Olsen was a first year senior in 2016 and made it to Rio on the Canadian team thanks to her impressive AA performances and her particularly impressive BB work. I suspect, like Olsen we will see an even more confident Rose on the competition floor in Gymnix given her Olympic credentials.

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Rose-Kaying Woo

Another senior to watch is the ever impressive Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan who made history in 2016, competing at her 7th Olympic Games. She is a VT specialist and should medal there. In addition, 2016 Australian National Champion, Rianna Mizzen should be taken note of and should shine on the UB.

The Gymnix Challenge will feature level 10/elite gymnasts from around the world, competing on behalf of their club. Some gymnasts to take note of in this portion of the competition include US elites Madeleine Johnston of Hill’s Gymnastics, Lexy Ramler of KidSport and US National Team member, Sydney Johnson-Scharpf of Brandy Johnson’s along with top Canadian elites Haley de Jong of Flicka and Laurie-Lou Vezina of Gym-Fly.

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Sydney Johnson-Scharpf

The roster is as follows:

Junior International Cup:

USA:

  1. Emma Malabuyo
  2. Gabby Perea
  3. Maile O’Keefe
  4. Sunisa Lee

Russia:

  1. Arina Strukova
  2. Daria Belousova
  3. Elena Gerasimova
  4. Irina Komnova

Japan:

  1. Mana Oguchi
  2. Marin Mune
  3. Soyoka Hanawa
  4. Makako Serita

Italy:

  1. Asia D’Amato
  2. Alice D’Amato
  3. Elisa Iorio
  4. Giorgia Villa

Canada:

  1. Victoria Jurca
  2. Ana Padurairiu
  3. Zoe Allaire-Bourgie
  4. Jaden Gorsline

Canada West:

  1. Elizabeth Holstrom
  2. Imogen Paterson
  3. Charlotte Innes
  4. Quinn Skrupa

Canada East:

  1. Megan DiPietro
  2. Eloise Monat
  3. Myrelle Morin
  4. Jillian Languille

Senior International Cup:

Canada 1:

  1. Jade Chrobok
  2. Megan Roberts
  3. Audrey Rousseau
  4. Brooklyn Moors

Canada 2:

  1. Shallon Olsen
  2. Megan Philips
  3. Sophie Marois
  4. Sydney Townsend

Japan:

  1. Marina Kawasaki
  2. Hitomi Hatakida
  3. Ayu Koike
  4. Yukiko Matsuda

Australia:

  1. Jade Vella-Wright
  2. Shannon Neate
  3. Emily Whitehead
  4. Erin Modaro

Individuals:

  1. Oksana Chusovitina (UZB)
  2. Rianna Mizzen (AUS)
  3. Rose-Kaying Woo (CAN)
  4. Brittany Rogers (CAN)

Roster for Gymnix Challenge available here: http://internationalgymnix.ca/files/7314/8821/3916/Challenge_Gymnix_IG_2017.pdf

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