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Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2019
Jordyn Vildis flips her way to gold in Burlington
by Randy Pascal

Years of figure skating training may have helped the transition to gymnastics for 13 year old Jordyn Vildis, but it was a natural affinity for some of the key movements her most at the Burlington Spring Cup.

The interclub competitor representing the Sudbury Laurels earned gold with her floor routine (9.25), part of an overall fifth place finish at the event. “I've always loved doing flips outside, on the ground,” noted the grade 8 student at Lively District Secondary School. “Doing it as part of my floor routine is the same thing, so that's really fun.”

Entered in the Level 5 Age 13 bracket, Vildis has continued to expand her developmental base in recent months, working on the areas that might not come quite as naturally for the athletic teen in just her second year of gymnastics training.

“I'm spending a lot more time on bars,” she said. “I never used to be able to connect any of my skills in my bar routine, but now, I can actually do that. It's scary learning to connect. I think about it too much, and then I hesitate.”

As for the change of primary sports, there was not nearly as much hesitation. “I was a figure skater for my whole life, but I wanted to try something new,” said Vildis. “It was hard to go from figure skating to gymnastics, because there are some differences, but all of the push-ups and pull-ups as part of our (skating) conditioning training really helped my upper body. Being a skater, it was all about my legs, so I'm strong there.”

Other top end interclub performances for GymZone athletes in Burlington included Josée Laurin (2nd – floor – 9.25) and Isabella Sooley (4th – beam – 8.95; 5th – vault – 8.725), while provincial first place finishers included Charlotte Eberlein (1st – vault) and Savannah Brisebois (1st – beam).

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