STUTTGART, Germany – Alabama sophomore Shallon Olsen helped propel Team Canada to team finals at the 2019 FIG World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany and earned a place in the individual event finals on vault this weekend.
Olsen, the only current NCAA gymnast to earn a place in event finals at this year’s Worlds, scored a 14.683 on the vault to take sixth place during qualifying. She has now made event finals on vault the last three World Championships in a row, a streak that includes a silver-medal performance in 2018. She will compete for a medal on vault next Saturday.
With its finish in the qualifying round and advancing to team finals, Canada has also officially qualified a full four-person team for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Team Canada finished the qualifying rounds in fifth place with a score of 162.922, qualifying for Tuesday’s team finals.
Olsen is competing at her third World Championships (2017, 2018 and 2019) and has advanced to event finals on the vault in all three.
She earned silver at the 2018 World Championships, becoming the first Canadian woman to earn a vault medal at Worlds, posting a score of 14.516 to take second to Team USA’s Simone Biles. Olsen finished seventh on the vault at her first Worlds in 2017.