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Vaculik Shifts Focus From Academics to Olympics
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Two-time Canadian champion Kristina Vaculik will take a year off from Stanford University to focus on training for the 2011 Worlds and 2012 Olympic Games.

Deferring her sophomore year at Stanford University to train for the most important international competitions of 2011 and 2012, two-time Canadian all-around champion Kristina Vaculik told IG she wants to make progress in a few key aspects of her gymnastics.

"My focal points will be increasing the level of difficulty on some events and performing my routines with precision and consistency," she said.

Vaculik, who recently completed her freshman year at Stanford, did not compete at last month's Canadian championships because it conflicted with her final exam schedule at Stanford. She said she intends to return to the university in the fall of 2012.

Until then, Vaculik will train under her longtime coach, 1980 Olympic all-around champion Yelena Davydova, at Gemini Gymnastics Club in Oshawa, Ont.

"I will focus on training and preparing for the world championships (in October) and the Olympics next year," said Vaculik, who won the Canadian senior all-around title in 2007 and 2010. "My plan is to show clean and consistent routines at the world trials in August."

Vaculik said she is considering online or correspondence studies with Stanford while she is training full-time in Ottawa.

"Yes, this is a possibility, but I have not made arrangements at this point," she said.

Kristina Vaculik is featured in the following issues of International Gymnast magazine:
July/August 2010: "Veteran Presence" (Vaculik profile)
April 2010: Vaculik on cover
September 2007: "Canadian Conquerors" (Vaculik profile)

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