Stanford Signs International Gymnast

Dec. 17, 2009

STANFORD, Calif. - International elite gymnast Kristina Vaculik has signed a letter of intent to compete for the Stanford women's gymnastics team in 2011, Stanford coach Kristen Smyth announced today.

'I am so excited that Kristina will be joining SWG next year,' Smyth said. 'Kristina displays a sense of maturity that is far beyond her years and carries herself with such poise and confidence. She is a beautiful gymnast, a true artist and is really going to surprise people.'

Vaculik, who is coached by Elena Davydova at Gemini Gymnastics in Oshawa, Ontario, joins the already-announced signings of Lauren Caldemeyer (Indianapolis) and Amanda Spinner (Danville, Calif.) in the Stanford class of 2014.

The signing helps strengthen a program that has seven NCAA top 10 finishes since 2001. Stanford gymnasts have combined for 81 All-America honors, including 60 since Smyth became coach in 2002, and 56 Scholastic All-American honors.

Vaculik is a leading member of the Canadian national team and is expected to represent Canada at October's World Championships in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. An elbow injury helped prevent Vaculik from qualifying for the 2008 Olympics, but she has come back strong.

Last weekend, she captured the uneven bars and floor exercise titles with dominant performances at the Elite Canada competition in Oakville, Ontario, and was second in the all-around.

An outstanding all-around performer, Vaculik is especially exceptional on the bars, displaying the elegant lines and showmanship that help define her in competition.

Vaculik should feel right at home. Stanford has had success recruiting in Canada. Sophomore Alyssa Brown was a 2008 Olympic alternate for Canada, and Heather Purnell, who graduated from Stanford this spring, was the captain of Canada's 2004 Olympic gymnastics team.

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