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Kristina Vaculik
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Vaculik at the 2011 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships

Country represented

Flag of Canada Canada

Born

July 9 1992 (1992-07-09) (age 24)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Club

Gemini Gymnastics

Coach(es)

Elena Davydova, Valery Yahchybekov

Current status

Retired

College team

Stanford University

Kristina Vaculik (b. July 9, 1992) is a retired Canadian artistic gymnast who represented Canada at the 2012 Summer Olympics. In 2011-2012, Vaculik took a year off from Stanford University, which she attended on a gymnastics scholarship, in order to train full time for the Olympics. She has a younger sister, Natalie, who is a member of the Canadian National Team and competes for the University of Georgia.

Junior Career

2006

In April, Vaculik competed at the Pacific Rim Championships in Honolulu, United States. The Canadian team placed second and individually Vaculik placed fifth with an all around score of 57.450. In event finals, she placed third on uneven bars scoring 14.500, seventh on balance beam scoring 14.050, and sixth on floor scoring 14.550.

In May, Vaculik won the all around title at the Canadian Championships in Quebec City, Canada with a score of 57.95. In event finals, she placed third on vault scoring 13.55, first on uneven bars scoring 14.65, second on balance beam scoring 14.60, and first on floor scoring 14.65.

Senior Career

2007

In May, Vaculik won the all around title at the Canadian Championships in Regina, Canada with a score of 58.650. In event finals, she placed second on vault scoring 13.925 and sixth on uneven bars scoring 13.450.

In September, Vaculik competed at the 2007 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. She contributed a score of 56.000 towards the Canadian team's fourteenth place finish.

2008

In March, Vaculik competed at the Pacific Rim Championships in San Jose, United States. She led the Canadian team to a silver medal finish and individually she placed sixth with an all around score of 58.425. In event finals, Vaculik placed eighth on vault scoring 13.462, second on uneven bars scoring 15.225, and sixth on balance beam scoring 14.775.

In April, Vaculik competed at the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup in Maribor, Slovenia. She placed second on uneven bars scoring 14.850 and first on balance beam scoring 14.957.

In May, Vaculik competed at the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup in Tianjin, China. She placed eighth on uneven bars scoring 14.075, sixth on balance beam scoring 15.000, and seventh on floor scoring 13.900.

At the end of May, Vaculik competed at the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup in Moscow, Russia. She placed eighth on uneven bars scoring 14.025 and fourth on floor scoring 14.275.

In June, Vaculik won the silver medal in the all around competition at the Canadian Championships in Calgary, Canada with a score of 57.200. In event finals, she placed first on vault scoring 14.050, first on uneven bars scoring 15.600, second on balance beam scoring 15.500, and second on floor scoring 14.800. Vaculik said, "I just want to enjoy myself and have a good competition. It's been very tiring with all the traveling and different time zones and it's also been hard to work on new skills."

Canada qualified only two spots for the 2008 Summer Olympics and used a points system to decide which gymnasts would represent Canada. Vaculik placed third in the points system which meant that she was the reserve gymnast and not able to compete at the Olympics. Throughout the selection process Vaculik suffered from osteochondritis dissecans in her right elbow. After the Canadian Championships, she decided to take time off to allow it to heal. In December she had surgery on her elbow and took a year away from competition for rehabilitation.

2009

In December, Vaculik returned to competition at Elite Canada in Oakville, Canada. She placed second in the all around final with a score of 52.950. In event finals, she placed first on uneven bars scoring 14.150 and tied for first on floor scoring 13.900. "I didn't have any expectations going into my first major competition after a one year absence," she said, "I just wanted to experience competition again and feel through my routines in a competitive frame of mind. I wanted to prove to myself that I still have what it takes mentally and physically to compete and belong with the best gymnasts in Canada."

2010

In March, Vaculik competed at the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup in Cottbus, Germany. She placed second on vault scoring 13.787, first on uneven bars scoring 14.050, second on balance beam scoring 14.425, and first on floor scoring 13.950. This was the best showing for a Canadian gymnast ever at any World Cup event to that date.

At the end of April, Vaculik competed at the Pacific Rim Championships in Melbourne, Australia where the Canadian team placed fourth. Individually, Vaculik placed sixth in the all around with a score of 54.900, fourth in the vault final with a score of 13.600, fourth in the uneven bars final with a score of 14.225, sixth in the balance beam final with a score of 13.350, and third in the floor final with a score of 13.925.

In May, Vaculik won the all around title at the Canadian Championships in Kamloops, Canada with a score of 55.950. In events finals, she placed first on vault scoring 14.000, first on uneven bars scoring 14.050, first on balance beam scoring 14.200, and second on floor scoring 13.950.

In October, Vaculik led the Canadian team at the 2010 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands with the team's highest all around score of 52.065. The team placed thirteenth and individually Vaculik placed thirtieth.

2011

In October, Vaculik was a member of the Canadian team at the 2011 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo, Japan. They placed eleventh in the team competition which meant that they would have to compete in London in January in order to qualify a full team for the Olympics. She contributed an all around score of 52.831 in qualifications.

Later in October, Vaculik competed in the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. She helped the Canadian team win silver in the team event with an individual all around score of 54.625. Vaculik won the bronze medal in the individual all around final with a score of 54.777 and the silver medal in the balance beam final with a score of 13.925. She also placed fourth in the floor final with a score of 13.500.

2012

In January, Vaculik competed at the London Prepares series where Canada qualified a full team to the 2012 Summer Olympics. She contributed an all around score of 54.707 and placed fourth in the uneven bars finals scoring 14.466.

In February, Vaculik won the all around competition at Elite Canada in Mississauga, Canada with a score of 56.350. In event finals, she placed fourth on vault scoring 13.975, second on uneven bars scoring 14.100, second on balance beam scoring 14.200, and third on floor scoring 13.750.

At the Pacific Rim Championships in March, Vaculik was part of the Canadian team that won the bronze medal. She placed seventh in the all around competition scoring 55.100, seventh in the balance beam final scoring 12.825, and tied for sixth in the uneven bars final scoring 13.600.

In May, Vaculik competed at the Canadian Championships in Regina, Canada. She won the all around title with a score of 56.700. In event finals, Vaculik placed fourth on vault scoring 14.225, first on uneven bars scoring 14.400, first on balance beam scoring 14.600, and second on floor scoring 14.000.

As the Olympics approached, Vaculik hoped to be chosen for the five member team that will represent Canada at the 2012 Summer Olympics. "It's still kind of surreal because I've worked basically my whole gymnastics career for this and actually to know that I have a really good chance of going now is just an amazing feeling," Vaculik said. "So, now every day in the gym, I'm just so happy to be there and to be working towards that."

At the end of June, Vaculik was one of the twelve gymnasts chosen to compete at the Final Olympic Selection meet in Gatineau, Quebec. Unfortunately, her friend and fellow selection event team member Peng Peng Lee had been forced to withdraw from the selection process due to an injury to her ACL, which she had sustained during practice prior to the Canadian National Championships in May. On the first day of competition she placed first in the all around with a score of 55.150. Based on her performances here and at the Canadian Championships she was selected to the five member Olympic team. "It’s just an incredible feeling,” said Vaculik. "I’ve wanted to go to the Olympics for a long time. Now I’m just going to be working hard every day, marking down the time to the Olympics and being really excited about what I’m doing."

London Olympics

At the end of July, Vaculik competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom. She helped the Canadian team qualify to the team final and individually she qualified as the third reserve to the all around final with a score of 53.566. After qualifications, Vaculik said, "I’m at a loss for words. I am so proud of these girls. We had incredible performances, and it’s so amazing to be here right now." In the team final, she contributed scores of 14.166 on uneven bars and 13.433 on balance beam toward the Canadian team's fifth place finish. This is the highest placement the Canadian team has ever achieved at the Olympics.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
2004Elite Canada1st1st2nd2nd3rd
2005Canadian Novice National Championships443rd
Elite Canada1st1st2nd1st1st
2006Pacific Alliance Championships2nd53rd76
Canadian Junior National Championships 1st3rd1st2nd1st
2007Canadian National Championships1st2nd6
CAN-FRA-GBR-ITA3rd3rd72nd2nd
Elite Canada1st1st1st2nd
Stuttgart World Championships14
2008Pacific Rim Championships2nd682nd6
WOGA Classic3rd1st2nd3rd3rd
Maribor World Cup2nd1st
Tianjin World Cup 867
Moscow World Cup 84
Canadian National Championships 2nd1st1st2nd2nd
2009Elite Canada 2nd1st1st
2010Cottbus World Cup2nd1st2nd1st
Pacific Rim Championships464463rd
Canadian National Championships 1st1st1st1st2nd
Rotterdam World Championships13
2011Tokyo World Championships11
Guadalajara Pan American Games2nd3rd2nd4
2012London Olympic Test Event2nd4
Elite Canada 1st42nd2nd3rd
Pacific Rim Championships3rd767
Canadian National Championships 1st41st1st2nd
Final Olympic Selection 1st
London Olympic Games5

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