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Double Gold Gives Confidence Boost to Canada's Onyshko
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Canada's Isabela Onyshko told IG she reached all of her targets at the Challenge Cup of Ljubljana earlier this month, where she won two gold medals and one silver. Pictured: Onyshko (center), with Brazilians Lorrane Oliveira and Julie Kim Sinmon after the balance beam final in Ljubljana

Isabela Onyshko (Canada)

Canada's Isabela Onyshko told IG she reached all of her targets at the recent World Challenge Cup of Ljubljana earlier this month, where she won two gold medals and one silver.

Onyshko placed first on uneven bars and balance beam, and second on floor exercise at the FIG event, held April 3-5 in the Slovenian capital.

"My goals were several," said Onyshko, who turns 17 in June. "On beam, I wanted execute my new aerial combination (aerial walkover, aerial walkover, illusion). I also wanted to improve my execution scores overall, which I did."

Onyshko said her strong performances in Ljubljana enabled her to favorably compare herself to her international rivals.

"I was pleased that I was able to compete and be successful against so many good gymnasts from other countries," said Onyshko, who hails from Minnedosa, Manitoba. "It really helped my confidence."

Onyshko, who competed at last fall's world championships in Nanning, said she plans to upgrade her routines for the major competitions ahead in 2015. Onyshko, the 2014 Canadian all-around silver medalist, is training for the Canadian championships, May 28-31, in Gatineau, Quebec. Toronto will play host to the 17th Pan American Games in July.

For Onyshko, foremost among the upcoming competitions are the world championships in Glasgow, October 23 to November 1.

"I am hoping to introduce new skills on vault and floor for the Canadian championships and Pan American Games," she told IG. "My main goal is the world championships. I will use any other competitions I attend to solidify my skills and help myself prepare for the world championships. This year has been very exciting for me."

Read a profile on Onyshko in the July/August 2014 issue of International Gymnast magazine.

International Gymnast Magazine's recent coverage of Canadian women includes:
"Aiming to Top the Charts" - Maegan Chant interview (October 2013)
"Canadian Promise" - Ellie Black chat (July/August 2014)
"Canadian Diversity" - Ellie Black profile (July/August 2013)
Christine Peng-Peng Lee chat (April 2015)
"Sudden Impact" - Victoria Moors interview (January/February 2013)
"Making Tracks" - Scott Morgan profile (December 2013)
Isabela Onyshko profile (July/August 2014)
"Shooting Star" – Megan Roberts profile (April 2015)
"Catching up with... Lori Strong Ballard" (June 2012)
Kristina Vaculik cover photo (April 2010)
Aleeza Yu two-page photo spread (May 2014)

To order back issues, or subscribe to the print and/or digital edition of International Gymnast magazine, click here.

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