Kyle Shewfelt, Artistic Gymnastics

Calgary gymnast Kyle Shewfelt ended his Olympic floor routine receiving the highest score in the competition at 9.787 points. Unfortunately Shewfelt had company as Romania’s Marian Dragulescu also earned the same score for his performance. Judges were forced to implement Olympic tiebreak rules to determine the winner of the men’s floor event at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens with 22-year-old Shewfelt emerging the winner, becoming the first Canadian to win Olympic Gold in artistic gymnastics. He went to Athens as a medal contender after winning Bronze medals in the floor and vault events at the 2003 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Anaheim, California. He fulfilled his potential, winning Canada’s first Gold medal of the 2004 Games. A day later, Shewfelt finished fourth in the vault with a performance observers believed worthy of a Bronze medal, but the result stood despite protests by Canadian officials.

Wendy Long

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