Fame continues to find Shewfelt

ANGELA MacISAAC -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:15 AM ET

Everything in Kyle Shewfelt's world is coming together again -- a new house, a new coach and induction into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. At the ripe old age of 22.

"I am young," Shewfelt said yesterday, following a press conference at the Olympic Oval to reveal the 2005 inductees. "But gymnastics is a young sport. It's cool."

The official induction will be held at the Hall of Fame Museum in Red Deer May 27. Shewfelt is not only the youngest inductee, he's also the first gymnast.

In the whirlwind of celebration since Shewfelt won gold on the floor at last summer's Athens Olympics, he's had doubts about his dedication to the sport. But not anymore.

He's back training with U of C coach Troy Smith, after Altadore coach Kelly Manjak moved to Ontario. But it took some time for him to rediscover his passion for the sport.

"After accomplishing a major goal, you always ask, 'what's next?' And after my coach moved, it took some time to adjust," said Shewfelt, who will focus on the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing.

Also set to be inducted, as a builder, is Stan Schwartz, who served as Stamps president from 1996 to 2003. Schwartz was recently re-hired by the club as senior consultant to the executive committee.

"I've been fortunate to be associated with a lot of great people," he said. "It's more important for people to read about the players and the coaches. They don't want to read about the president and the business."

Canadian nordic combined chair Alf Fisher will also be inducted as a builder.


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