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Cournoyer Aims ‘To Be More Competitive’ At Tokyo 2020
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The December 2019 issue of International Gymnast magazine includes an inter-view with Canada’s René Cournoyer, who earned an individual berth to next summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo through his performance at last month’s World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. Excerpts from the interview follow.

IG: How are you balancing your emotions regarding Tokyo 2020, qualifying as an individual while the full Canadian team did not qualify?

RC: It was devastating to realize that we failed to qualify the team. For a whole day I felt the disappointment with the rest of my teammates. When I learned that I qualified individually, I had truly mixed feelings. On one hand I was ecstatic that I made it, but it didn’t happen the way I hoped. I couldn’t share that victory with my team because of our recent defeat. It’s only after the World Championships were over that I could appreciate my Olympic qualification.

IG: How are you adapting your training to prepare for your best possible all-around performance in Tokyo?

RC: We realized, based on the judging from the last competitions, that a clean routine with good execution is not enough to be part of the best. My preparation for Tokyo will be focused on increasing my difficulty to be more competitive.

To read the full interview with René Cournoyer in the December 2019 issue, subscribe to the print and/or digital editions of International Gymnast magazine by clicking here.


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