After a stellar performance at Canada’s Olympic selection camp, former Georgia gymnast Brittany Rogers was named to the Canadian Olympic gymnastics team, announced by Gymnastics Canada Wednesday afternoon.
The announcement came on the heels of Rogers posting the best combined two-day score at the camp with a 113.551 as well as a dominant display on Wednesday where she took the best score, 57.084, by a comfortable margin of 1.15 points over the second-place finisher.
Rogers’ nomination to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be her second chance to represent Canada on the biggest stage as she also was a member of her national team at the 2012 London Games.
“I’m incredibly excited for Brittany and proud of her determination, her willingness to fight through anything and everything to pursue this dream,” said Georgia head coach Danna Durante. “So many people counted her out. So many people said she couldn’t do it and wanted to give all the reasons why it was not possible, and she refused to listen. It speaks to her character, what she’s made of and how tough she is. We’re unbelievably proud and thankful that we’ve been able to be a part of this journey with her and support her.”
Rogers claimed the best bars score on both days of the camp with twin 14.8 tallies. She showed improvement on beam and floor Wednesday, finishing second among the nine competitors on beam in the second session with a 14.2. On floor, her score improved by 0.25 as she claimed a 13.05.
The Coquitlam, British Columbia native also finished second on vault for the second-consecutive day after an impressive 15.034 effort.
“Her determination to reach for the stars when virtually only a handful of people have ever done what she has accomplished (as a two-time Olympian) is amazing,” added Durante. “So many times the world is about telling us what we can and can’t do based on what people have done before us. I love when people are able to break that mold and push through the barriers set for us.”
The artistic gymnastics competition at the 2016 Olympics is scheduled to take place from August 6-11 and 14-16.