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B.C.'s Brittany Rogers Qualifies for Olympic Vault Final | Canada Makes History Qualifying for Team Final

In less than two hours on Sunday, the Canadian women’s gymnastics team reached unprecedented heights, advancing not only to the team final for the first time ever in Olympic competition in a non-boycotted Games while qualifying two gymnasts in the vault final and another in the individual all around final.

Competing in the third of five subdivisions in the qualification round, the Canadian team ranked fourth in intermediate results and had to wait it out for the next two groupings to see if they made it into the top eight, ultimately snagging the eighth and last spot in the final.

Not a bad day’s work the five gymnasts who have jelled into Canada’s best ever women’s Olympic gymnastics team despite the absence of team star Peng Peng Lee, who was knocked out of the Games with a knee injury at the 2012 Canadian championships at the end of May.

Members of the team are: Dominique Pegg of Sarnia, Ont., who also qualified 18th for a spot in the all around final, Brittany Rogers (Flicka) and Ellie Black of Halifax, who qualified seventh and eighth respectively for the vault final, Kristina Vaculik of Whitby, Ont.,and Victoria Moors of Cambridge, Ont.

“We kept fighting and never gave up, even when things didn’t go well after our beam rotation,” said Rogers. “It really was all about the team.”

They won’t have long to celebrate before heading back to the training gym to get ready for the team final on July 31st, followed by the all around final on August 2nd and the vault final on August 5th.

Canada’s previous best finish in the women’s team event, not counting the boycotted 1984 Games in Los Angeles, was a ninth at the 2000 Games in Sydney.

By placing in the top eight to reach the vault final, both Rogers and Black, now count themselves among a handful of Canadian women gymnasts to qualify for an Olympic individual event final.

Only two other Canadian women have made it to an Olympic event final: Kelly Brown who placed sixth on vault at the 1984 Games and BC's Kate Richardson, eighth in the women’s floor final at the 2004 Games in Athens.

“It was a fantastic experience and I had so much fun,” said Black, who went from a long shot to make the Olympic team a year ago, to one of its top performers on Sunday.

In the team final on Tuesday Canada will go up against powerhouse squads from the United States, Russia, China, Romania, Great Britain, Japan and Italy.





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