Boychuk thrilled with silver medal showing
As the silver medal was hung around Airdrie gymnast Corissa Boychuk’s neck following the double mini-trampoline competition at the World Games in Cali, Columbia on July 31, the feelings that she felt were easy to see.
“I was really excited about it,” Boychuk said. “I was nervous going into the event as I was still sore and not fully recovered yet from the Canada Cup, so my first few days of training were a little bit shaky.”
“I had hoped to medal, and I thought I had the potential to win gold, but more than likely I would end up second or third,” she added.
The 23-year-old Boychuk’s performance easily surpassed her previous result at the World Games, as she finished in seventh place, four years ago in Taiwan.
“It was a different situation as I had a better idea of how the competition runs,” Boychuk said. “I feel like I am more of a senior international competitor now, and I just felt more comfortable and not as distracted or surprised by the venues, the media, and all of that kind of stuff.”
As she boarded the plane to Columbia, it was a mystery whether Boychuk would actually compete or not, as there were some questions surrounding the temperatures and the lighting at the venue in Cali.
“I had never experienced anything like that before, where a huge event might not happen,” Boychuk said. “But once I got there, it seemed like everything was blown out of proportion, as the venue was great and the equipment was awesome.”
After two strong passes in the qualifying round put her in first place, Boychuk had two great attempts in the final round to finish in runner-up spot behind the reigning world champion Svetlana Balandina of Russia.
“I thought I did really well in the finals,” Boychuk said. “I only had one mistake on my last pass where I just went a little bit farther back on my dismount, but I stuck the pass.”
“Other than that, both passes were nearly flawless,” she added.
One person who couldn’t be there to watch Boychuk perform was her Airdrie Edge coach Jamie Atkin, as only one coach could go to the event with Boychuk due to the rules of the competition.
With Ontario’s Bill Perkins of Ontario helping out Boychuk during the World Games, Atkin was forced to keep an eye on what was happening from a distance.
“It was very odd for me to not be there, as I’m usually right there knowing how things are going,” Atkin said. “Instead, I was back in the gym with several athletes around me with our laptops open on the live scoring updates.”
“I was in contact with her twice a day during her training phase and the competition, and things worked out well there,” he added.
Next up for Boychuk will be a World Cup event in Loule, Portugal on Sept. 6 and 7, which will be a tune-up competition before the World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria on Nov. 7 to 10.
“I feel like I have been getting better and better in each competition, and the World Games is another stepping stone towards my peak, which I am hoping will be at the World Championships in November,” said Boychuk, who won the gold medal at the 2010 World Championships in Metz, France.
“With things going the way that they did at the World Games, it sets things up beautifully for her in those upcoming events,” Atkin added.