Canada's Olsen speaks after WAG eighth subdivision qualifications
DOHA: Comments from Shallon Olsen of Canada after the eighth subdivision of women’s qualifications at Aspire Dome on Sunday.
On what contributed to the Canadian solid team’s performance (first place in the subdivision, and ranked third after eight of 11 subdivisions).
In practices leading up to the competition, we were all really strong and hitting our routines. That gave us a lot of confidence going into today. And the team bond we have makes the team so much stronger and more powerful.
On performing first for the Canadian team on balance beam.
It was especially nerve-racking because beam is not one of my strongest events, but I’ve been really happy with the way I’ve been progressing over the past year. I’m really proud of how I’ve been working on not just beam, but my other apparatus.
On preparing to perform last for Canada on vault in the last rotation.
I had to do a lot of mental preparation, because that is key for me. If I don’t do that, it kind of throws everything off. Even if my body’s not completely warmed up, I still have that mental image on how to do it, and it’s muscle memory from there. My team-mates gave me real confidence going into it, because I know that sometimes I second-guess myself a bit, but they really pumped me up. I’m really happy they were there for me.”
On her plans for the vault final (she was a vault finalist at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and 2017 Worlds, and ranked second on vault after eight of 11 subdivisions).
I’m most likely going to stick with the vaults I did today. I’m not going to upgrade anything. I’m going to play it a little bit safe. I’m just looking for consistency at this point and having all my landings clean.
On her strategy for Tuesday’s team final.
Enjoy the whole experience with my team. We’re really going out there, trying to be confident and strong. Team bond is super important. We want to take in everything that’s going on and really enjoy it.