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Gymnastics Canada – OTTAWA, ON (August 31, 2018) – Gymnastics Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Olympic Committee, is pleased to announce the names of the four athletes and their coaches nominated to attend and compete at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires from October 6 to 18, 2018.
 
These Games are unique in that they will feature a multidiscipline team event whereby gymnasts from all disciplines (artistic, rhythmic, trampoline, acrobatic) will be drawn into 12 teams of 13 gymnasts. Each team will be comprised of one acrobatic pair, three men’s artistic (MAG) and three women’s artistic (WAG) gymnasts, three rhythmic (RG) gymnasts, and from trampoline (TG) – one male and one female athlete. There will be a qualification phase for each discipline that will determine which athletes will advance to the individual discipline finals, and results for the team competition will be calculated by adding the rank obtained by the gymnast/pair within their discipline to those obtained by their teammates. The winner will be the team with the lowest total score.
 
The top-8 athletes in each discipline from the qualification phase will advance to the individual discipline finals. There will be all-around and individual apparatus finals for men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, all-around finals in rhythmic gymnastics, and in trampoline – separate finals for men’s and women’s individual trampoline.
 
“The Youth Olympic Games are an amazing opportunity for our young up-and-coming athletes to gain exposure on the world stage, and to experience the excitement and challenges that come with being part of a multi-sport Games,” said Ian Moss, Interim CEO and High Performance Director for Gymnastics Canada. “The multi-discipline team event is also going to be a really unique experience for our athletes to compete alongside athletes from other disciplines that they wouldn’t ordinarily get the chance to interact with as much. This is going to be a great learning experience both for them, and for our coaches.”
 
Who: 1 MAG, 1 WAG, 1 RG, 1 TG athlete
What: 2018 Youth Olympic Games
Where: America Pavillion, Buenos Aires, ARG
When: October 6-18. SCHEDULE
Website: www.buenosaires2018.com
Social: @buenosaires2018 @youtholympics
 
WOMEN’S ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
 
Athlete:
Emma Spence, Cambridge, ON – Dynamo Gymnastics
 
Coach:
Denis Vachon, Toronto, ON – Dynamo Gymnastics

MEN’S ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
 
Athlete:
Félix Dolci, Laval, QC – Laval Excellence
 
Coach:
Adrian Balan, Laval, QC – Laval Excellence
 
RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS
 
Athlete:
Natalie Garcia, Mississauga, ON – Mississauga Newnorth
 
Coach:
Tatjana Dolic, Mississauga, ON – Mississauga Newnorth
 
TRAMPOLINE GYMNASTICS
 
Trampoline Men:
Jérémy Chartier, Montreal, QC – Virtuose Centre Acrobatique
 
Coach:
Karina Kosko, Montreal, QC – Virtuose Centre Acrobatique

Action photos of athletes available upon request to Gymnastics Canada.
 
ABOUT THE SUMMER YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES (YOG)
The YOG bring together talented young athletes aged 15 to 18 from more than 200 countries around the world. An event distinct from other youth sports events, the YOG also integrate a unique Culture and Education Programme based around five main themes: Olympism, social responsibly, skills development, expression and well-being and healthy lifestyles. Buenos Aires 2018, the third summer YOG, will feature nearly 4,000 athletes in 241 events across 32 sports in 36 disciplines.

For more information on Buenos Aires 2018, visit www.buenosaires2018.com or www.olympic.org/buenos-aires-2018.

ABOUT GYMNASTICS CANADA
 
First established in 1969, Gymnastics Canada is the national governing body for the sport of gymnastics in Canada. Gymnastics Canada works closely with the twelve Provincial Federations and the 700 local clubs to provide a broad range of programs and services to meet the needs of all participants. From athlete development, to coaching and judging education, Gymnastics Canada sets the operating standards and practices for the sport in Canada. Our mandate is to promote and provide positive and diverse gymnastics experience through the delivery of quality and safe gymnastics programming. Visit www.gymcan.org for more information, or follow us @CDNgymnastics
 

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For more information, contact:
 
Julie Forget, Gymnastics Canada
jforget@gymcan.org
 
Joshua Su, Canadian Olympic Committee
jsu@olympic.ca