World floor sensation Victoria Moors and reigning Canadian champion Hugh Smith won the titles at Elite Canada Friday night in Gatineau, Quebec.
Moors, 10th in the all-around at the 2013 World championships, successfully competed several new moves, including a full twisting double tuck dismount off beam and a new transition on bars, scoring a comfortable win (56.25 points) over Aleeza Yu (55.65) and 2013 Canadian champion Ellie Black (55.25).
The polished Moors also showed off the new floor routine she debuted at the Toyota Cup in December, complete with an improved double-twisting double layout, the skill that now bears her name in the code of points. Though she slipped off the beam on her double turn in sit position (12.95) and put her hands down on her final tumbling pass on floor (13.8), Moors's high D-scores on all events -- from 5.8 to 6.1 -- gave her ample breathing room.
“Right now I’m just having fun with the new skills and getting as much experience as I can with them," Moors, 18 told Gymnastics Canada on gearing up to compete next at the American Cup March 1 in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The elegant Yu, who is trained by 1980 Olympic champion Yelena Davydova at Gemini Gymnastics in Ontario, nailed a double-twisting Yurchenko vault (15.4 out of a possible 15.8) for the top score on the event and also carried in the highest score on floor (13.9).
Black, the top scorer on beam (14.05/6.4 D-score) had an opportunity to take the title but collapsed on floor (12.0).
Plagued by problems on beam, 2013 World team member Maegan Chant (52.85) and Victoria Woo (52.5) rounded out the top five.
In the men's competition, Smith, a Halifax-based gymnast who won his first Canadian title after 15 years of elite level competition, scored another victory. Smith tallied 81.55 in the all-around, enough to top newcomer Rene Cournoyer (79.9) and 2010 Youth Olympian Robert Watson (78.85).
"I’ve been preparing for this for quite awhile and working on adding difficulty my routines,” said Smith. “A new skill on floor went really well but unfortunately the rest of the routine wasn’t so good. But doing the new skill which is a little scary, was a good confidence boost.”
Scott Morgan, who in 2013 became the first Canadian man since Kyle Shewfelt to make a World final, did not compete. Samuel Zakutney, an up-and-coming Junior from Ottawa, won the junior men's all-around title with 79.15, almost three points higher than his nearest competitor.
Elite Canada is sometimes thought of as a sort of "Winter Nationals" in Canada, though the country's "Summer Nationals" is generally in May.
Related: Full results from 2014 Elite Canada