Shallon Olsen is a 2016 Olympic vault finalist. Last summer she took part in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She took the eighth place with the apparatus. That’s why this year she intends to improve this kind of her performance.
"I'm hoping to improve my form and make my vaults a lot cleaner," Olsen said. "I'm thinking of upgrading in the near future but right now I just want to focus on that."
Even with Olsen's individual achievement in Rio, she said the highlight of her year was the team spirit she experienced in qualifications, from which she advanced to the vault final. Canada finished ninth in team standings, missing a berth to the team final by 0.168 points.
"The moment that was probably the most memorable for me was when we worked together as a team and supported each other the best we could during qualifications," said Olsen, who turned 16 on July 10, less than a month prior to the Games. "Yes, we all may have been a bit nervous, but the support from my teammates was amazing."
Olsen, who competed on vault and floor exercise in Rio, enjoyed other successes in 2016. She placed first on vault and third on floor exercise at the International Gymnix Senior Cup in Montreal in February; first on vault, third on floor exercise and seventh all-around at the Pacific Rim Championships in Everett, Wash., in April; and first on vault, second on floor exercise and fourth all-around at the Canadian Championships in June.
This year Olsen is ready for new challenges and opportunities. Canada will play host to this year's world championships, September 27 – October 9 in Montreal.
"What motivates me now is there are so many more competitions, and it gets me excited to show everybody what I've been working on," she told IG. "I have so much more work to do and improve upon, and I'm excited for the upcoming competitions for me in the near future. I don't have any New Year's resolutions. I'm just excited for 2017 and what 2017 will bring me."
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