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Canada Vaults Ahead: Men’s Gymnastic Team Locks Down Paris Olympics!

This is the first time since 2008 that Canada will send a men's gymnastics team to the Olympics

Canadian athletes keep soaring to lofty heights in international competitions, showing that Canada, even with our small population, can have an impact on the world stage.

Our latest Canadian glory comes from the Canadian men’s gymnasts team, who have secured their place at the upcoming 2024 Paris Summer Olympics. 

The historic accomplishment comes after a stellar performance during the qualification round at the 2023 Artistic World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium, the biggest gymnastic competition of the year. 

With an overall score of 249.26 points spanning six disciplines, the Canadian team took the fourth position, guaranteeing their participation in the Paris Summer Games. This marks the first time since the 2008 Beijing Summer Games that Canada will send a men’s gymnastics team to the Olympics.

gymnist Felix Dolci portrait while in action at gymnastic competitition
Felix Dolci | Instagram

René Cournoyer, who was the only male gymnast from Canada to participate in the Tokyo Olympics three years earlier, expressed his pride in the achievement, stating, “Mission accomplished. There is so much significance to this fourth-place finish, and I am so proud of my teammates.”

Among those who stood out during the qualification was Felix Dolci from Saint-Eustache, Quebec. He showcased his skills on the horizontal bar, securing the eighth position with a score of 14.133. At just 21, Dolci has an impressive track record, having participated in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games and winning the junior world championship the following year. 

Zachary Clay from Langley, British Columbia, displayed explosive talent on the pommel horse. Clay is a seasoned athlete with seven world championship participations under his belt. He played no small part in securing the team a spot at the Paris Olympics. 

Other team members include Jayson Rampersad, William Émard, and Yanni Chronopoulos. Ed Van Hoof, Canada’s head national team coach, had nothing but praise for the team.

“What a competition — the atmosphere, emotion, team spirit. Incredible. This result speaks volumes for the teamwork that has brought us to this position. This team has responded to adversity over the past few years and risen to the occasion. Hopefully, it will inspire the next generation,” Van Hoof told CBC News.

The competition was tough; Japan qualified first with a score of 258.22 points, followed closely by the United States with 254.62 points. 

The men’s gymnasts may have taken the spotlight this year, but our women’s gymnasts kicked ass at last year’s world championships. 

The team, consisting of three-time Olympian Ellie Black, Laurie Denommee, Denelle Pedrick, Emma Spence, and Sydney Turner, clinched a bronze, ensuring their spot in Paris as well. This marked Canada’s first world medal in the women’s team event.

With both men’s and women’s teams ready to vault to the podium in Paris, Canadians have even more reasons to stand proud.

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