Caitlin Rooskrantz

Caitlin Rooskrantz
Full name Caitlin Aileen Rooskrantz
Born (2001-11-05) 5 November 2001 (age 19)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Discipline Artistic gymnastics
Level Senior International Elite
Club Johannesburg
Medal record
Representing  South Africa
African Artistic Gymnastics Championships
Silver medal – second place 2016 Algiers Junior All-Around
Gold medal – first place 2018 Swakopmund Uneven Bars
South African National Championships
Gold medal – first place 2018 All-Around
Artistic Gymnastics World Cup
Gold medal – first place 2019 Szombathely Uneven bars
Last updated on: 14 May 2021.

Caitlin Aileen Rooskrantz (born 5 November 2001)[1] is a South African artistic gymnast, who won the uneven bars events at the 2018 African Artistic Gymnastics Championships and the 2019 Artistic Gymnastics World Cup Challenge event in Szombathely, Hungary. She has qualified for the all-around event at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Career

Rooskrantz is a member of Johannesburg Gymnastics Centre,[1][2] and started gymnastics at the age of eight.[3] Between 2015 and 2017, Rooskrantz dislocated her fingers on five separate occasions.[2] In 2016, she came second in the junior all-around event at the African Artistic Gymnastics Championships.[4] At the 2016 Junior Commonwealth Games in Namibia, Rooskrantz came second in the vault event, third in the bars event, and second in the all-around event.[5] Rooskrantz made her senior debut at the 2017 Koper Challenge Cup, finishing fifth in the uneven bars event.[1] She was not selected for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, due to fitness concerns.[2] In 2018, she won the uneven bars event at the African Artistic Gymnastics Championships, and the all-around event at that year's South African National Championships.[1][6] As a result of her national championship win, Rooskrantz qualified for the 2018 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Doha, Qatar.[6] That year, she also participated in a training camp in Frankfurt, Germany.[7]

In 2019, she won the uneven bars[8] Artistic Gymnastics World Cup Challenge event in Szombathely, Hungary.[2][3] She was the first South African to win a medal at an international gymnastics competition.[3][9] At the 2019 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, Rooskrantz qualified for the all-around event at the 2020 Summer Olympics.[10] She was the fourth South African artistic gymnast to qualify for the Olympics since South African re-introduction in 1992,[10] and was the first South African artistic gymnast to qualify for the Olympics since Zandre Labuschagne in 2004.[2] Rooskrantz is the first person of colour artistic gymnast to represent South Africa.[2] As the 2020 Summer Olympics were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rooskrantz livestreamed the routine that she would have performed at the Games in August 2020.[11]

Personal life

Rooskrantz attended Parktown High School for Girls.[12] Rooskrantz has an older brother. Her father died when she was eight.[2] Her mother gave up working full-time as a nurse to support Rooskrantz's gymnastics career.[1] Rooskrantz had planned to have a gap year to focus on competing at the Olympics, though those plans were changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[13]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "The 2021 Olympians: Caitlin Rooskrantz". The Gymnternet. 2 February 2021. Archived from the original on 14 May 2021. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "CAITLIN ROOSKRANTZ: I HAVE BROKEN THE OLYMPIC BARRIER FOR SOUTH AFRICAN GYMNASTICS". Olympics.com. 13 September 2020. Archived from the original on 14 May 2021. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  3. ^ a b c "Caitlin Rooskrantz inspires a generation of gymnasts". New Frame. 29 November 2019. Archived from the original on 14 May 2021. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  4. ^ "13ÈME CHAMPIONNAT D'AFRIQUE DES NATIONS: RESULTS, WAG JUNIORS C-II" (PDF) (in French). GymnasticsResults.com. Archived (PDF) from the original on 17 May 2021. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Medals and memories for young gymnasts". Northcliff Melville Times. 9 November 2016. Archived from the original on 14 May 2021. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  6. ^ a b "JGC gymnasts shine at national championships". South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee. 11 October 2018. Archived from the original on 14 May 2021. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  7. ^ "Newlands gymnasts represent SA against Bangladesh, Wales, and Japan". Northcliff Melville Times. 15 August 2018. Archived from the original on 14 May 2021. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  8. ^ "SA Olympic hopeful Caitlin Rooskrantz wins gold in Hungary". Sunday Times. 12 September 2019. Archived from the original on 14 May 2021. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  9. ^ "WATCH: How 18-year-old Caitlin Rooskrantz inspired the nation with historic performance". Jacaranda FM. 3 August 2020. Archived from the original on 14 May 2021. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  10. ^ a b "SA gymnast Caitlin Rooskrantz on breaking barriers, aims for 'no major faults' in Tokyo". News24. 3 April 2021. Archived from the original on 14 May 2021. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  11. ^ "A clean routine for Caitlin Rooskrantz". Northcliff Melville Times. 13 August 2020. Archived from the original on 14 February 2021. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  12. ^ "Parktown gymnast Caitlin Rooskrantz has now set her sights on qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games". My Com Link. 1 October 2019. Archived from the original on 14 May 2021. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  13. ^ "#EXTRATIME WITH TOP SA GYMNAST CAITLIN ROOSKRANTZ". Eyewitness News. May 2020. Archived from the original on 14 May 2021. Retrieved 14 May 2021.

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