Preparing for next week's world championships in Tokyo that will qualify teams for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Talia Chiarelli (Canada) told IG that success will depend on self-assurance and concentration.
Talia Chiarelli (Canada)
"I think if we stay consistent and confident and do what we know we can do, we can make it to London," she said. "We just need to focus on the process and not what the end result will be."
Born in Ottawa, Chiarelli and her family moved to Boston in the summer of 2006 when her father, Peter, took a job as general manager of the Boston Bruins ice hockey team.
Chiarelli, who trains with U.S. world team members Alicia Sacramone and Alexandra Raisman at Brestyan's Gymnastics in Burlington, Mass., said she is not particularly nervous about facing her clubmates in Tokyo.
"I don't really feel like we're competing against them, but I'm just excited to be able to compete at the same competition with them," she said.
Canada's team in Tokyo includes Chiarelli, 2011 Canadian all-around champion Madeline Gardiner, Mikaela Gerber, Coralie Leblond-Chartrand, Peng Peng (Christine) Lee, Dominique Pegg and Kristina Vaculik.
Chiarelli said the Canadian team is training and bonding well for worlds, which will take place Oct. 7-16. She wants to play a solid role for Canada in Tokyo, where the top eight teams will qualify for the Olympics in London. Four additional teams will qualify for London at a test event in January.
"We're still adjusting but the team is getting to know each other a lot better," she said. "We're trying to get a lot of numbers in. In Tokyo I just want to hit all my routines and contribute as much to the team as possible."
Despite the fact that Chiarelli trains in the U.S., she said she feels familiar among her Canadian teammates.
"It wasn't very hard to get used to being on the Canadian team because the girls are great, and I've always felt more Canadian than American," she told IG. "Everyone's very welcoming, so it was easy to adjust."
International Gymnast Magazine Related Features:
IG Interview: Madeline Gardiner (September 2011)
IG Interview: Peng-Peng Lee (April 2011)
"Veteran Presence" – Kristina Vaculik profile (July/August 2010)
Vaculik on cover (April 2010)
"Young Reliable" – Raisman profile (April 2011)
"On the Rebound" - Sacramone interview (May 2009)
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