Alexandra Michel Orlando (born January 19, 1987) is a retired Canadian rhythmic gymnast. She represented Canada at the 2008 Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games and Pan American Games.

Alexandra Orlando
Full nameAlexandra Michel Orlando
Country represented Canada
Born (1987-01-19) January 19, 1987 (age 37)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height167 cm (5 ft 6 in)
DisciplineRhythmic gymnastics
Head coach(es)Dimitrichka Masleva
Assistant coach(es)Elvira Boudakova

Biography edit

Orlando was born in Toronto, Ontario and attended Havergal College. She trained at the Ritmika RG Club under Mimi Masleva, a native of Bulgaria.

Orlando won every rhythmic gymnastics event at the Canadian National Championships in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007. Orlando swept the individual event finals at the Elite Canada rhythmic gymnastics competition in 2007 and also won the all around crown. At the world championships in September, she finished ninth in the all-around competition and qualified for the Olympic Games in Beijing. She however only placed 18th in Beijing.[1]

She won all six rhythmic gymnastics events included as part of the gymnastics program at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.[2] She joined Graham Smith (1978, Edmonton), Susie O'Neill (1998, Kuala Lumpur) and Ian Thorpe (2002, Manchester) as the only competitors to win six gold medals at a single Commonwealth Games.[3]

Orlando currently studies commerce at the University of Toronto. She is the subject of the book Alexandra Orlando: In Pursuit Of Victory (Toronto: BookLand Press, 2006) by Martin Avery.

Orlando is of Italian descent; her father is Sicilian and mother from Salerno.[4] She stated in an interview, "I went last summer for vacations for two weeks. I have many Italian relatives, my family is from the South. My mother is from Salerno, and my father is Sicilian. They all live there still, just my family lives in Canada."

References edit

  1. ^ TSN : SUMMER SPORTS - Canada's Sports Leader[dead link]
  2. ^ Sportal (2006). Gymnastics: Six gold for Orlando. Retrieved March 26, 2006. Archived August 29, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Himmer, Alastair (2006-03-26). "Orlando matches Games record six golds". Reuters Canada.[dead link]
  4. ^ "Ginnastica Ritmica - Rhythmic Gymnastics".

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