2011_10_19 Canadian Olympic Committee Congratulates Today's Canadian Medallists at the 2011 Pan American Games
Canadian Olympic Committee Congratulates Today's Canadian Medallists at the 2011 Pan American Games
Tuesday is in the books in Guadalajara and the Canadian Pan American Team has added 12 medals for the day, owning 30 medals overall – six gold, seven silver and 17 bronze. Canada sits second in the overall medal count, behind the United States (61).
“Thanks to our athletes, Canada has had another spectacular day,” said Jacques Cardyn, Chef de Mission of the Canadian Pan American Team. “Canadian athletes are second to none and our Team demonstrates it day after day.”
Rosannagh MacLennan (King City, Ont) won gold in the women's trampoline event. "I'm happy with my performance. This gives me the confidence going to Worlds,” she said. “When you're at a competition you have to do your job and perform, you can't let any issues get in your way. You have to get out there and do your job."
Keegan Soehn (Red Deer, Alta.) equaled his teammate’s golden routine, winning the men’s competition. “I felt a little bit of pressure but, with such a big crowd cheering, I felt pretty good,” he said. “I just did my routine and ended up winning.”
The cycling team of Laura Brown (Calgary), Jasmin Glaesser (Coquitlam, B.C.) and Stephanie Roorda (Calgary) also stepped to the top of the podium, winning the women's team pursuit in a Canadian and Pan American Games record time 3:21.448. “I couldn’t have asked for a better day. It was absolutely amazing,” said Glaesser.
“When I turned around and saw that time, it was almost better than winning the gold medal,” said Roorda.
Lindsay Boddez (Stony Plain, Alta.) won silver in the women's trap shooting event at the Guadalajara 2011 Pan American Games. “This is my personal best, my first final, my first medal,” she said. “This is a really big deal”
The team of Katrina Cameron (Mississauga, Ont.), Rose Cossar (Toronto), Alexandra Landry (Ajax, Ont.), Anastasiya Muntyanu (Toronto), Anjelika Reznik (Toronto) and Kelsey Titmarsh (Thornhill), won silver in the women’s rhythmic gymnastics group competition (two hoops and three ribbons). “I’m really excited about our preparations for the Olympics. We have a lot to work on but, at the same time, I think it’s just going to bring us closer together,” said Cossar.
“We’re looking at a lot of brutal hours in the gym, but we’re definitely going to become more of a team,” said Landry.
Isolda Penney (Kingston, Ont.) started the day by winning bronze in the rowing women's single sculls event. “The competition here was good and I am very happy to be part of the Pan Am Games experience," said Penney.
Steven Van Knotsenburg (Beamsville, Ont.) and Peter McClelland of (Aurora, Ont.) were next on the podium, finishing third in the men's pair. "We had a decent start and stayed in the pack. I felt we did good work through the middle of the course. Steve told me to go and I went for it! I'm proud of the result today," said McClelland.
"The crowd and atmosphere here at Guzman was great. I'm looking forward to racing tomorrow (in the men's eight)," said Van Knotsenburg.
Terry McKall (Edmonton, Alta.) and Travis King (St. Catharines, Ont.) won bronze in the men's rowing lightweight double sculls. "We were moving well in the last 400 m, and then we hit some bad water and lost an oar, but we recovered and got back in it,” said King. It's great to be able to go home with some hardware and it's motivation to go back and train hard throughout the winter."
Rhythmic gymnast Mariam Chamilova (Toronto) took bronze in the clubs discipline. “I don’t really think about the final rankings, I just try to do my best,” she said. “I was a lot technically stronger than in qualifications and that made all the difference.”
François Coulombe (Quebec) earned the bronze medal in the men’s +80 kg taekwondo division. “It was a very good result for me. I’m very happy with a bronze medal at a competition the size of the Pan American Games and winning the medal for Canada,” he said.
Canadian badminton players are poised for medals. Michelle Li (Markham, Ont.) and Joycelyn Ko (Toronto) will face off in the women’s singles final Thursday. On the schedule for Wednedsay are Li and her partner Alexandra Bruce (Toronto) in the women’s doubles final, while the mixed doubles team of Grace Gao (Calgary) and Tobias Ng (Vancouver) play for gold Thursday.
Gao and Ko lost their doubles semi-final and earned the bronze medal, as did Adrian Liu (Prince Rupert, B.C.) and Derrick Ng (Vancouver).
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