Padurariu Making Senior Debut Friday

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In one of Canada’s most-anticipated debuts in a really long time, 15-year-old Ana Padurariu will compete for the first time as a senior at Elite Canada beginning tomorrow in Quebec City.

Padurariu has been dominating as a junior for her entire career, winning the novice all-around titles at Elite Canada and Canadian Championships in 2015 before capturing the junior all-around titles at nationals in both 2016 and 2017, with last year’s performance also including a sweep of the event titles while beating every senior in the field, and she also swept every title at Elite Canada earlier in the year.

In addition to her domestic achievements, Padurariu won 20 international medals in her junior career, 11 of them gold. She swept the Olympic Hopes Cup and won every gold but vault at Pan Am Championships in 2016 before going on to win the beam gold in a stacked field at Jesolo last year, finishing the season with all-around gold at Massilia.

We first profiled Padurariu back in 2015 because we were obsessed with her debut of the inbar piked Tkachev at Gymnix earlier that year, making her the first gymnast in the world to compete the skill. She has since upped her difficulty on all four events, with beam her standout, capable of scores in the mid-14s when she hits.

After going through a growth spurt last year, Padurariu told us she occasionally felt like some of her old skills that once came easily to her required her to relearn them and she worried that it would hold her back in competition, but nonetheless, she got her job done and made her mark time and again, establishing herself as one of the top juniors in the world alongside competitors from legendary programs like Russia, China, and the U.S.

We’re so excited to see what Padurariu will end up doing as a senior, especially as she’ll join three of her country’s 2017 worlds team members at Elite Canada this weekend, including all-around silver medalist Ellie Black, all-around and floor finalist and Longines Prize winner Brooklyn Moors, and vault finalist Shallon Olsen.

These three in addition to Padurariu are expected to continue leading a strong Canadian team as they begin preparations for worlds this year, the first step on the road to qualifying a full team to Tokyo. Generally, we don’t see full-strength routines at Elite Canada, but it’s always a good time for gymnasts to show off upgrades and test the waters before a few early international meets, like the world cups and Jesolo.

We’ll also see 2016 Olympian Rose-Kaying Woo and worlds team member Victoria-Kayen Woo this weekend, as well as Olympic alternate Megan Roberts and international regulars Jade Chrobok, Laurie Denommee, and Sophie Marois at the senior level, while the junior field will include Emma Spence and Zoé Allaire-Bourgie, both of whom competed strongly on the international level last season, and I’m also excited to see first-year juniors Kyra Cato, Rachael Riley, and Sophia King, all of whom were strong novice gymnasts last year.

A full list of competitors is below. Elite Canada begins with the senior all-around on Friday night, followed by the junior and novice all-around competitions on Saturday and then the junior and senior apparatus finals on Sunday. For more information, visit Gymnastics Canada, and check out for the live stream.

Ellie Black
Amy Bladon
Lindsay Chia
Jade Chrobok
Haley de Jong
Laurie Denommee
Megan DiPietro
Alexis Djoboulian
Jessica Dowling
Montana Fairbairn
Laurie Gagnon
Kelly Johnston
Chloe Lorange
Sophie Marois
Jada Mazury
Charlotte McDevitt
Lauren Mills
Emma Milne
Eloise Monat
Brooklyn Moors
Myrelle Morin
Chelsea Murray
Shallon Olsen
Ana Padurariu
Xuan Patenaude
Amanda Pedicelli
Megan Roberts
Hannah Scharf
Meixi Semple
Madeline Straker
Laurie-Lou Vezina
Emily Walker
Rose-Kaying Woo
Victoria-Kayen Woo
Zoe Allaire-Bourgie
Kyra Cato
Charlotte Chagnon
Gabrielle Deslauriers
Jordyn Ewing
Rachel Grenke
Savannah Holman
Lucia Jakab
Piper Johnson
Ilka Juk
Okeri Katjivari
Sophia King
Nya Kraus
Jillian Langille
Valeska Leonard
Valerie Menezes-Thibault
Jada Niles
Imogen Paterson
Camryn Pellerine
Rachael Riley
Emma Spence
Mia St-Pierre
Mara Steinfort
Leah Tindale
Bryn Topham
Kiera Wai
Saki Yoshida
Charlie-Ann Barbeau
Gabriella Berrige
Hannah Buchmann
Jayne Carvell
Presley Cattermole
Maria Chronopoulous
Alexandra Collins
Zoe Cotnoir
Marisa DeGroot
Kennedy Duke
Scarlett Earl
Marissa Engh
Julia Gillies
Audrey Grimard
Rebeka Groulx
Makenna Guidish
Athena Hutchinson
Bailey Inglis
Amy Jorgensen
Jordis Kiewer
Jenna Lalonde
Cassie Lee
Natasha Lopez
Nyla Morabito
Rylee Miller
Elizabeth Noble
Sophie Patterson
Kiora Peart-Williams
Raphaelle Perreault
Daryna Porada
Malayna Ramos
Clara Raposo
Jovie Richardson
Jenna Sartoretto
Tegan Shaver
Megan Skinner
Sofia Spadafora
Aurelie Tran
Emma Trollip
Sydney Turner
Maya Zonneveld

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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11 thoughts on “Padurariu Making Senior Debut Friday

  1. Pingback: Ana, Jade & Meixi in Quebec City competing in Elite Canada | Gemini Gymnastics

  2. Ana is doing wonderful! Although I think 14.234 was generously lenient compared to what we saw at worlds.

    Brooklyn’s floor was, again, like watching a unicorn breath life into humanity.

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    • I agree, her beam was definitely generous…but at least most were at this specific competition! If she hits her beam without nerves affecting her it’s a solid 14-14.5 but this at worlds would’ve been like…a 12.8 hahaha. Brooklyn’s floor is the only reason I LIVE.


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