On May 5-7, Calgary was host to the Canada Cup for 2017. Canada’s best trampoline gymnasts competed for the title along with an impressive list of international guests from Belarus, Sweden and the US. Both 2016 Olympic Trampoline Champions, Rosie MacLennan from Canada and Uladzislau Hancharou from Belarus, were in the arena.
True to form, Hancharou lead the field with impeccable routines to win the Men’s Trampoline event with ease. Second to Hancharou was teammate Aleh Rabtsau by just over 6 points. Canada’s Kyle Soehn, who broke a Canadian record with the highest difficulty in a compulsory routine, placed third.
While MacLennan was on hand to sign autographs and interviews, she did not compete in the Women’s Trampoline event. Instead, Canada maintained their international leadership with a new team of talented women. The top two spots were won by young ladies from the Virtuose team in Montreal, Sarah Milette and Sophiane Methot. Both ladies increased their difficulty in the final, and in the end the gold went to Milette. Methot performed a two triffis final routine to beat 2014 European Champion Hanna Harchanak from Belarus for the silver.
Highlighting the Double Mini-tramp event, Sweden’s World Silver Medalist Lina Sjoberg became the first woman to preform a triffis mount in international competition. Her heroic efforts won a silver medal for her. The gold, however, went to American Paige Howard who outperformed Sjoberg by 1.4. Tamara O’Brian from the Shasta Trampoline Club in Canada took third.
The epic and years-long battle between two World medalist American men, Alex Renkert and Austin Nacey, for domination in Double mini-tramp and tumbling events continued in the Canada Cup. Renkert was the victor in the Men’s Double mini-tramp, edging out Nacey. The results flipped (no pun intended) in the Men’s Tumbling event, however, with Nacey on top and Renkert in second. Third place in Men’s Double mini-tramp was American, Matthew Hawkins, and third in Men’s Tumbling was American Brandon Krysynefski, rounding out both podiums with the red, white and blue.
Not allowing for a full American sweep in the tumbling events, Canadian Jordan Sugrim grabbed the gold in Women’s Tumbling beating Americans Angel Rice and Rachel Thevenot, who won the silver and bronze medals; respectively.
Synchronized trampoline gave the new young faces from Virtuoso, Milette and Methot, another chance to win. As a team, they succeeded in the Women’s event to beat the venerable team from Belarus, Harchonak and Maryia Makharynskaya. The bronze medal winning team was Karine Dufour and Laurence Roux from the Canadian team Acrosport Barani.