Vaculik Shifts Focus, Heads Toward Worlds
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Recently named to the Canadian team for this fall's world championships in Rotterdam, 2010 Canadian all-around champion Kristina Vaculik said she is now aiming to polish her routines for optimal results there.

Kristina Vaculik (Canada)

"My main focus this summer was on keeping healthy and making progress on each event," she told IG. "Trials are now complete, and my attention is concentrated on detail and presentation."

Vaculik, who was exempted from the recent Canadian team trials for Rotterdam, said she benefited from the training camp that followed the trials.

"I felt that that this was an excellent opportunity for bonding and team-building," said Vaculik, who is coached by 1980 Olympic all-around champion Yelena Davydova.

Other gymnasts named to the team include Bianca Dancose-Giambattisto, Coralie Leblond-Chartrand, Charlotte Mackie, Dominique Pegg and Jessica Savona.

Vaculik said she is hopeful that the Canadian team can perform well in Rotterdam, where gymnasts will begin the process of qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

"I am happy with the team selected, and I believe we have a lot of potential," Vaculik said. "We need to continue to pull together and gain confidence as a team as we approach the world championships."

Despite the absence of 2008 Olympians Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs and Nansy Damianova, and 2009 Canadian all-around champion Sydney Sawa, Vaculik said Canada should fare well in Rotterdam.

"Even though some of the veterans have moved on, the Canadian team selected is very capable," Vaculik told IG. "We have a good mix of youth and experience, not to mention great camaraderie. I believe these are all important elements that will help us in Rotterdam."

Read "Veteran Presence," an in-depth profile on Vaculik, in the July/August 2010 issue of International Gymnast magazine. Vaculik is also featured on the cover of the April 2010 issue; and in "Canadian Conquerors," a Vaculik profile earlier in her career, in the September 2007 issue. To order back issues or subscribe to IG Magazine, click here.  

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