Soloski captures silver and bronze at her first Artistic Gymnastics Challenge Cup in Slovenia
Gymnastics Canada – LJUBLJANA, SLO (April 10, 2016) – Sydney Soloski of Calgary, AB had the meet of her life this weekend at a World Challenge Cup in Ljubljana, Slovenia, winning a silver on the floor exercise, and bronze on the beam after laying down solid routines on all four apparatus to qualify for three finals.
Soloski, who was competing in her first Challenge Cup, won silver on the floor with the second highest difficulty routine of the group, opening with a huge double layout to score 13.30, finishing behind Ang Tracie of Malaysia with 13.45, and ahead of Hungarian Dorina Boczogo with 13.25.
Earlier in the day, she won bronze on the beam with a score 13.20, behind Yueh Tan Ing of Malaysia who scored 13.80 to take gold, and Adela Sajn of Slovenia who took silver with a score of 13.30.
“I’m really happy,” said Soloski after the event. “My goal was just to go out and do my routines and not focus on the results. Now I want to take what I’ve learned from this experience and to go back and improve my routines so they’re really solid for Canadian Championships.”
Soloski also placed fourth in the uneven bars on Saturday with a score of 12.65. Ivana Kamnikar (SLO) took gold in that event with a score of 13.15.
“Sydney has worked really hard to come back from a number of injuries this season and is giving it her all in the run for the Olympic team,” said her coach Janna Ball of Calgary. “We didn’t have any expectations for this event, other than to hit all of the routines, but she just really stepped up in every final she competed in. The European judges even came up to tell us that they really loved her and thought that she should a lot of spirit.”
Next up for Soloski and the rest of the national team are the Canadian Championships which take place in Edmonton, AB from May 31st to June 4th, followed by the final Olympic Games selection camp in Gatineau at the end of June. The names of the athletes named to the Canadian Olympic team will be announced on June 30th.
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