Olympic Spotlight: Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs

She’s just graduated from high school, but already gymnast Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs is set to become a household name.

The 18-year-old Torontonian became Canada’s very first women’s world championship medalist on the balance beam two years ago and has collected no less than six World Cup medals in the past 14 months.
All that pressure might make mincemeat out of us, but this seasoned pro is all cool and calm. “I know there is going to be a charged atmosphere, and I’m prepared for it,” says Elyse. “I have to make sure that when I’m there, I do my best routine and don’t let any distractions get in the way. I want to get there and say, ‘I’m here and I’m ready.’”

And after the Olympics? This athlete will be taking her tumbling routine on the road to UCLA, where she’ll study and continue training with the University’s renowned gymnastics team.

Melissa Grayson, Vervegirl Daily Toronto

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