Current, Future NCAA Gymnasts Named to Canada’s Olympic Team

Alabama rising senior Shallon Olsen, UCLA incoming freshman Brooklyn Moors, Ava Stewart (class of 2023) and Ellie Black, a professional athlete, were named to the Canadian Olympic team on Thursday.

Olsen has pursued both an NCAA career with the Crimson Tide and an elite career this quad. In college, she’s known for her difficult gymnastics, competing a Yurchenko double twist on vault, a double pike dismount on beam and a Silivas on floor. She boasts career highs 9.925 on vault, 9.950 on beam and 9.900 on floor. As an elite, she was a member of the Olympic team in 2016 and competed at three world championships (2017, 2018 and 2019). At each of these competitions she qualified to the vault final, winning silver in 2018 behind Simone Biles.

Moors, who will join the Bruins right after the Olympics, also competed at the world championships in 2017, 2018 and 2019. She qualified to the all around and floor finals every year, finishing fifth on floor in 2019. She’s known for her very expressive choreography.

Stewart, a first-year senior, burst into the scene this year, winning silver in the all around at every competition she attended, including Elite Canada and the Canadian national championships. She also won gold on bars at the second Canadian technical trial in May and at nationals, as well as gold on beam at the first technical trial in April and on floor at Elite Canada. The Olympics will be her first senior elite competition on foreign soil.

Black, the team’s veteran, competed at the Olympic Games both in London and in Rio, finishing fifth in the all around in 2016. She competed at every world championship from 2013 to 2019, winning silver in the all around in 2017 and finishing fourth in 2019.

Nebraska commit Emma Spence, Laurie Denommée, Victoria Woo and Rose Woo were named as alternates, with the latter serving as the traveling alternate.

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Article by Talitha Ilacqua

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