Oct. 10, 2011
TOKYO - Stanford gymnast Kristina Vaculik did not earn an Olympic berth with her Canadian team at the World Championships in Tokyo on Saturday, but did earn another chance.
Canada placed 11th as a team, three spots shy of an automatic team berth. However, by finishing among the top 16, Canada advanced to the second Olympic Qualifying Test Event from Jan. 10-13 in London.
The meet, which includes the teams that placed 9-16 in Tokyo, will determine the final four slots in the 12-country lineup for the 2012 London Games. The meet also is the only qualifying event for individual gymnasts who are not a member of a qualified team.
Vaculik, a two-time Canadian all-around champion, placed 45th in the all-around competition at the worlds. The team finish was two spots higher than Canada finished at the 2010 worlds in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
"It's a new ball game," Canadian program director Lise Simard said to Gymnastics Canada. "Finishing 11th here gives the team a big boost of confidence. We're going to be celebrating New Year's Day this year at a training camp."
Vaculik competed for Stanford as a freshman last season and is taking a year off from school to qualify and compete in the Olympics. She is expected to return to Stanford for the 2013 season.