With the Rio Olympics approaching this summer, and the last team qualifiers taking place in April, it was imperative for team Canada to start off strong in 2016.
Scott Morgan took on this task by representing Canada in Baku, Azerbaijan, the first stop in this year’s World Cup circuit. After a late arrival due to terrible weather, 12-hour time change and an injury suffered upon arrival, Scott pushed through adversity and delivered a strong showing on Day 1, qualifying for finals on Rings and Vault. Showing again his consistency, Scott prepared as the sole Canadian in finals on day 3 in Baku. Scott finished off the competition with a strong 4th place finish on Rings and 6th place on Vault, giving Canada the exposure in was looking for heading into Rio.
Scott continued his success with a quick turnaround the following weekend in Paolo Alto, California for the 2016 Stanford International Collegiate Challenge. This competition brought together Japan, Canada, Norway, South Africa, Stanford and Berkley for a friendly competition, making this Canada’s first team competition for 2016. Come game day, Scott helped Canada reach the podium with a 3rd place team finish as well as Morgan toping the field placing 1st on Rings.
With Rio being Canada’s next stop, Scott Morgan says “Its all or nothing for everyone competing in Rio in a couple weeks. Qualifying a team to the Olympics and being able to share that experience with everyone is all that matters right now.” With this Olympic cycle ending in August a new qualification process starts, making it more difficult to qualify as a team and/or individual. Only 4 athletes will be named to a team in Tokyo 2020 compared to the 5 previous, and 2 additional athletes will be able to qualify as specialists, making individual selection much more global and competitive.
As qualification day on April 16th approaches, so do Canada’s Olympic dreams. Everything will come down to the wire as 8 countries battle it out for the 4 remaining Olympic spots. With all the adversity this team has faced, Scott says he and his teammates have no intentions of holding back!