Stanford Recruit Shines at World Cup

March 17, 2010

STANFORD, Calif. - Kristina Vaculik, a Canadian international gymnast who will join the Stanford team next season, captured two golds and two silvers at the World Cup in Cottbus, Germany, last weekend.

Vaculik won the uneven bars and floor exercise and was second on vault and the balance beam at one of the most competitive stops on the World Cup circuit. The 17-year-old from Whitby, Ontario, is one three gymnasts signed for Stanford's class of 2014, along with Lauren Caldemeyer (Indianapolis) and Amanda Spinner (Danville, Calif.).

Her performances helped highlight a dramatic comeback from an elbow injury that helped prevented her from qualifying for the Canada's Olympic team in 2008.

Some details on her comeback, as described on Gymnastics Canada's Web site (

After surgery on her right elbow in December, 2008 to correct a condition known as osteochondritis dissecans in which the blood supply to the area at the end of the bone is cut off, Vaculik wasn't able to resume full training until July, 2009.

She returned to competition with a bang in December at Elite Canada where she was runner-up in the all around and first on uneven bars and floor.

In February she won the all around title at the Nadia Comaneci International in Oklahoma City and dominated the recent Gymnix International Cup in Montreal, winning the all around and three of four event finals.

'I think I've matured a lot in the last year,' said Vaculik. 'I realized how much I love this sport and how hard I've worked to get to where I am. To be successful you have to enjoy it and right now I'm enjoying every minute. It's great to be back and competing again at this level.'

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