This is definitely the best piece of news I could possibly read this morning – Canada’s Olympian and World Championship finalist Shallon Olsen has committed to the University of Alabama for the next season, 2018-19.
Shallon Olsen, who trains at Omega Sports Center in Vancouver, competed at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio as a first-year senior. There, she became the first Canadian gymnast to compete an Amanar vault. She qualified to the vault final, where she finished eighth. In October 2017, Olsen competed at her first World Championships in Montreal, Canada, where she again qualified to the vault final, and finished seventh. Just before the event final, rumour sparked that Olsen would attempt a triple-twisting Yurchenko, a vault that is not in the Code of Points yet. In the competition, however, she eventually stuck with an Amanar and suffered an unfortunate fall. She nevertheless came back strong, competing a very clean and very difficult Cheng vault, the best of the competition and one of the best in the world. In 2017, Olsen also competed at the Varna World Challenge Cup, where won silver medals both on vault and on floor.