Romania and Canada Split Gold Medals at Coupe Avenir

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Coupe Avenir, also know as The Future Cup, was held November 22-23 in Malmedy, Belgium. Romania and Canada each brought home three gold medals, with Romania earning the team title and Canada’s Sydney Soloski becoming all-around champion.

In the team competition, the silver medal went to the Belgian team, while the Canadians picked up bronze, though Canada was doomed from the start as they were only able to field two athletes on each event in this four-up, three-count format. The all-around silver medalist was Romania’s Andreea Ciurusniuc while Canada’s Sydney Laird won bronze.

During Sunday’s event finals, Canada picked up two more golds with Soloski winning vault (with a gorgeous FTY as her first vault!) and Sydney Laird posting the top score on the uneven bars, and then Romania picked up the final two golds on balance beam and floor exercises with two winning performances from Asiana Peng.

Peng was actually super impressive on both of her golden events. I loved her energy on floor, especially…she opened with a big double arabian, had a near-stuck double tuck, and a clean double pike in addition to dynamic leaps. Floor overall was an excellent final, with very clean routines from all gymnasts, and though there wasn’t much in the name of difficulty, Peng and Soloski especially showed their potential for upgrades on that event.

The competition featured junior talent from nations across the globe, including Belgium, Canada, Romania, Qatar, Sweden, the Netherlands, Iceland, and the United States.

Results are below. For videos, PuzzleGym has a few of the Romanian girls on Facebook.

All Around Results

Rank Athlete Nation VT UB BB FX AA
1 Sydney Soloski Canada 13.866 12.050 13.460 12.950 52.332
2 Andreea Ciurusniuc Romania 13.833 10.850 13.960 12.900 51.549
3 Sydney Laird Canada 13.566 12.750 11.800 12.600 50.716
4 Maria Holbura Romania 13.633 10.650 13.000 12.400 49.683
5 Asiana Peng Romania 12.666 10.500 13.100 12.850 49.116
6 Emma Medina-Severino Belgium 13.033 12.350 10.660 12.300 48.349
7 Adelia Galofaro Belgium 13.400 10.750 12.130 11.650 47.933
8 Rahma Al-Dulaimi Qatar 13.600 11.000 10.200 12.250 47.050
9 Corina Galanu Romania 11.366 11.100 12.630 11.450 46.549
10 Laurie-Lou Vezina Canada* 12.366 8.300 12.930 11.850 45.449
11 Estelle Pitti Belgium 12.633 10.100 11.800 10.350 44.883
12 Saga Tran Sweden 12.733 9.850 9.866 11.300 43.749
13 Halley Dickson United States 12.866 9.866 9.900 32.632
14 Olessya Dadema Netherlands 12.200 2.533 14.733
15 Helia Hocquet Belgium 9.600 9.600
16 Kristjana Gudmundsdottir Iceland 7.450 7.450

* Participated as an individual, not as part of the Canadian team

Team Results

Rank Nation VT UB BB FX Total
1 Romania 40.132 32.600 40.066 38.150 150.948
2 Belgium 39.066 33.200 34.599 34.300 141.165
3 Canada 27.432 24.800 25.266 25.550 103.048

Vault Event Final Results

Rank Athlete Nation D E ND Total Average
1 Sydney Soloski Canada 5.0 9.050 14.050 13.775
4.4 9.100 13.500
2T Sydney Laird Canada 5.0 8.850 13.850 13.650
4.4 9.050 13.450
2T Andreea Ciurusniuc Romania 4.4 9.000 13.400 13.650
5.0 8.900 13.900
4 Maria Holbura Romania 5.0 8.700 13.700 13.250
4.0 8.800 12.800
5 Rahma Al-Dulaimi Qatar 5.0 8.800 13.800 13.175
4.0 8.550 12.550
6 Adelia Galofaro Belgium 4.4 9.050 13.450 13.075
3.8 8.900 12.700
7 Estelle Pitti Belgium 4.0 8.750 12.750 12.850
4.2 8.750 12.950

Bars Event Final Results

Rank Athlete Nation D E ND Total
1 Sydney Laird Canada 5.0 7.900 12.900
2 Sydney Soloski Canada 4.8 7.650 12.450
3 Andreea Ciurusniuc Romania 5.1 6.950 12.050
4 Emma Medina-Severino Belgium 5.3 5.900 11.200
5 Laurie-Lou Vezina Canada 4.3 6.800 11.100
6 Saga Tran Sweden 3.7 7.250 10.950
7 Corina Galanu Romania 3.7 7.100 10.800
8 Rahma Al-Dulaimi Qatar 4.0 5.800 9.800

Beam Event Final Results

Rank Athlete Nation D E ND Total
1 Asiana Peng Romania 5.7 8.250 13.950
2 Andreea Ciurusniuc Romania 5.5 8.400 13.900
3 Adelia Galofaro Belgium 5.3 7.600 12.900
4 Sydney Soloski Canada 5.1 7.250 12.350
5 Laurie-Lou Vezina Canada 5.3 6.650 11.950
6 Sydney Laird Canada 4.9 6.350 11.250
7 Estelle Pitti Belgium 4.2 6.350 10.550
8 Rahma Al-Dulaimi Qatar 4.7 4.250 8.950

Floor Event Final Results

Rank Athlete Nation D E ND Total
1 Asiana Peng Romania 5.4 8.750 14.150
2 Sydney Soloski Canada 5.2 8.700 13.900
3 Andreea Ciurusniuc Romania 5.2 8.500 13.700
4 Laurie-Lou Vezina Canada 4.9 8.450 13.350
5 Rahma Al-Dulaimi Qatar 4.7 8.450 -0.1 13.050
6 Adelia Galofaro Belgium 4.8 8.050 12.850
7 Sydney Laird Canada 5.1 7.700 12.800
8 Emma Medina-Severino Belgium 4.5 7.900 12.400

Article by Lauren Hopkins
Photo by Dan Mares

 

4 thoughts on “Romania and Canada Split Gold Medals at Coupe Avenir

    • She was competing as a member of her club gym and wasn’t sent by the Canadian federation, so even though she’s from Canada she was really representing her gym, not her country. Same with the girl from the U.S. her gym, Denton, sent her to the competition, so even though she’s American, she was technically representing Denton Gymnastics Academy, not the U.S. gymnastics program.

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      • Thanks Lauren, I wondered if that was the case. Seems so silly for her to be there and not compete for her home country when they needed her scores, but I’m sure there are complicated funding/ranking issues involved.

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