Calgarian tumbles to gold

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:11 AM ET

It was a slight variation of her Olympic floor routine but it was good as gold yesterday for Kylie Stone. The 17-year-old Calgarian earned a 9.35 to win the event at the Elite Canada Gymnastics meet at Mount Royal College where the women's apparatus finals wrapped up the competition.

"There are some things I need to work on but I'm pretty pleased -- they're fixable errors," said Stone, who competed in the Olympics this past summer for the first time.

Laura-Ann Chong of New Westminster, B.C., was second with a score of 8.95, followed by Ottawa's Heather Purnell, who received an 8.65 from the judges.

Stone's floor routine carried a start value of 10.1, the highest of any competitor yesterday and it's a testament to her talent and new coaches, Judy and David Holmes.

They hooked up with Stone after her former coaches, Stefania and Horia Iliesu moved to Victoria, after the Olympics and Judy says she and her husband are thrilled to coach the talented tumbler.

"When the decision was made that she'd stay in Calgary -- she could have gone with her coaches -- we said 'OK, we need some new stuff,' " said Judy, who moved to the Stampede City Gymnastics Club where Stone trains, after coaching at Calgary's Altadore club.

"It keeps us excited and keeps her excited with everything and this weekend was the debut for all her new stuff.

"The routines are all ready, they just need fine-tuning when you're at the level she's at."

Stone still needs to polish up her vault a little bit, where she finished fourth with an 8.8, while Purnell won the gold after scoring a 9.362.

She overshot her landing and nearly fell off the back of the mat.

"That's the first time I've done that routine in competition," said Stone, who finished fourth on uneven bars.

Calgary's Grant Golding, an Olympian as well, won the men's all-around title Saturday night with 110.605 points.

Halifax's David Kikuchi finished second after scoring 107.886, while another Olympian, Adam Wong of Calgary, finished third with 107.852. 


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