Oct. 4, 2011
TOKYO - Stanford gymnast Kristina Vaculik will attempt to secure an Olympic berth this weekend at the world championships at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.
Vaculik, a Canadian, competed for the Cardinal as a freshman last spring and is taking a year off from school in an attempt to earn a spot in the 2012 London Games.
Vaculik and Canada can clinch an Olympic berth by placing among the top eight teams at the worlds, which begin Friday. If that doesn't happen, Canada still can qualify if finishes among the top four at a pre-Olympic qualifier in early 2012. Last year, Canada was 13th at the world championships in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Vaculik is a two-time Canadian all-around champion and has approached the worlds by adding difficulty to her routines in an effort to upgrade them for international competition.
"She's always been a great competitor and the experience of competing every weekend in the U.S. will really pay off for her," Canadian women's national team director Kyna Fletcher said to Gymnastics Canada.
Previous experience may help Vaculik and her teammates after they placed third as a team in July's Tokyo Cup at the same venue.
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