Gymnastics’ Jared Goad wins Nova Scotia’s first medal of the 2011 Canada Winter Games!

Jared Goad wins Nova Scotia's first medal of the 2011 Canada Games with gold in the floor exercise

The wait is finally over for the host province of Nova Scotia in their hunt for their first medal.  Jared Goad of Truro, NS, was the last competitor on the floor exercise.  After a nearly perfectly executed routine, the excited crowd at the Canada Games Centre knew this could be it.  As the score flashed, the crowd went wild and it was confirmed:  Jared Goad had won the gold medal and had become the new hero of the Games!

“Winning a gold medal is unreal.  We are in our hometown and a lot of family and friends got to come out and support me.  I am living this to the fullest right now,” said Goad who had reporters lined-up to talk to him.

Shortly after Goad’s goal medal, Nova Scotia added a second medal: bronze by Stephen Clouter on parallel bars.

Mathieu Csuakksy of Quebec came back strong, after a fall in the All Around competition cost him the silver medal.  Cuskassy won gold on vault and high bar, in a tie with teammate Mathew Halickman, and bronze on floor exercise.   Halickman also added a silver medal on Rings.

Simon Porter, the men’s all around champion, added to his collection of medals with a gold-winning performance on rings.  Porter also garnered two bronze medals – on pommel horse and high bar.  Nicolas Mallia, also from Ontario, scored a 12.7 on parallel bars to win the silver medal. 

Men’s gymnasts from BC had another great night of competition earning five medals.  Tyro national champion Zachary Clay won gold on pommel horse (tie) and silver on vault.  Teammates Kal Nemier won 3 medals: silver on floor exercise and bronze on rings and vault.

Saskatchewan’s Curtis Graves and Alberta’s Robert Kriangkum also won the first medal of the Games for their provinces in gymnastics.  Graves winning gold on parallel bars and Kriangkum winning Gold on  pommel horse (tie).   Graves also added a bronze medal on rings (tie).

In the women’s finals, Briannah Tsang from BC, proved that she is currently the best vaulter in Canada by successfully landing her Yurchenko Layout Double Full for the third day in a row.  She earned 14.45 points to take the gold.  Tsang also added a bronze medal on floor with a score of 14.2.

Mikaela Gerber of Ontario had another great day, adding 3 more medals to her gold and bronze won in the team and All-Around competitions.  Mikaela took the silver on vault and floor exercise, and bronze on balance beam.  

Sabrina Gill, the co-all-around champion of the games, topped the field on uneven bars and balance beam with scores of 14.35 and 14.85 respectively.   Gill is, as of today, the most decorated athlete of the games with four gold medals.

Shallon Olsen, the youngest competitor of the games, had one goal in mind today for the finals: “I wanted to win floor,” Olsen said.  Mission Accomplished.  Olsen improved on her 14.2 qualifying score from Sunday, earning 14.6, becoming the Canada Games champion of floor exercise at just 10 years old.  Olsen also added a bronze medal on balance beam, tying with Gerber.

Other gymnasts to climb on the podium include: (from BC) Emma Sibson with bronze on vault, Shae Zamardi with silver on uneven bars; (from Québec) Paraskevi Babalis winning silver on balance beam; and co-all-around champion (from Ontario) Silvia Colussi-Pelaez, with bronze on uneven bars.

Today was the last day of competition for Gymnastics.  Ontario finishes with the most medals with 16 (7 gold, 3 silver and 6 bronze) followed by BC with 14, and Quebec with 9.


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