Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs

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Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs
— Gymnast —
Full name Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs
Country represented  Canada
Born (1989-09-12) September 12, 1989 (age 25)
Hometown Toronto
Height 152 centimetres (5 ft 0 in)
Weight 46 kilograms (101 lb)
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics
Club Sport Seneca
Head coach(es) Carol-Angela Orchard
Assistant coach(es) Brian McVey
Choreographer Lisa Cowan
Music Malagueña by Brian Setzer

Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs (born September 12, 1989) is a Canadian former gymnast. She was born in Mississauga, Ontario. She first started gymnastics in 1993, and competed in her first international event in 2001. She has a skill named after her in the Code of Points: a double illusion turn on floor.

Hopfner-Hibbs won four medals at the 2006 Commonwealth Games: team bronze, gold in the women's uneven bars and women's beam, and silver in the women's all-around. She did not take the all-around title, despite having achieved the same score as eventual winner Chloe Sims of Australia. The new tie break rule had to be used to separate them (previously ties were not uncommon in gymnastics, even in the all-around). Sims did, however, invite Hopfner-Hibbs onto the gold medal podium with her. Despite this, Hopfner-Hibbs finished the championship as one of the most decorated gymnasts at the event, tying with Hollie Dykes of Australia for the highest medal total.

In the 2006 World Championships, Hopfner-Hibbs won a bronze medal on the beam, the first medal ever for a Canadian woman at the World Championships.[1] Since then she has won six World Cup medals on the beam and the uneven bars.[2]

Hopfner-Hibbs competed in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. She did not qualify to any event finals due to some errors in the preliminaries, but placed 16th in the individual all-around final.[3]

She entered UCLA on an NCAA scholarship in 2008[4] and was named Freshman of the Year in the Pac-10 Conference in 2009.[5] She also finished 7th in the individual all-around competition at the 2009 NCAA National Championship, and was a second team All-American on vault, floor, uneven bars and in the all-around.[6]

Routine skills[edit]

  • Vault - 1½ Twisting Yurchenko (A-Score : 5.5)
  • Uneven bars - Yarotska; Giant 1/1 Pirouette; Giant 1/2 Pirouette; Khorkina; Giant 1½ Pirouette; Piked Jaeger; Piked Maloney; Toe-on 1/1 Pirouette; Overshoot to Handstand; Stalder Hecht; Giant 1/2 Pirouette; Double Front Tuck Dismout (A-Score : 6.8)
  • Floor Exercise - Triple Turn; Full Twisting Double Back; Arabian Double Front; Double Back Pike; 1.5 to a full twist
  • Balance Beam - Front Handspring Mount; Aerial to Back Layout to Back Layout; Illusion; Double Turn; Front Tuck; Switch Leap to Roundoff Aerial; Double Back Somersault Dismount


  1. ^ Randi Druzin (2008-07-20). "Hopfner-Hibbs: On her own and raring to go". CBC. Archived from the original on July 31, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-14. 
  2. ^ Donna Spencer (2008-07-23). "Gymnast Hopfner-Hibbs takes her higher world profile into Beijing". Canoe.ca. Retrieved 2008-08-14. [dead link]
  3. ^ "U.S. gymnasts finish 1-2 in individual all-around". CBC News. 2008-08-15. [dead link]
  4. ^ Allister Wentzel (2007-05-17). "Gymnastics Recruit Signed". The Daily Bruin. Retrieved 2008-08-14. [dead link]
  5. ^ http://www.uclabruins.com/sports/w-gym/spec-rel/012709aab.html[dead link]
  6. ^ http://www.huskers.com//fls/100/ncaa2009gym/2009WGymAllAmericans.pdf[dead link]

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