Gleb Evstigneev earns N.L.'s 1st gold at Canada Games
Newfoundland and Labrador has its first medal at the 2023 Canada Games, and it's of the golden variety.
Eighteen-year-old Gleb Evstigneev reached the top of the podium with two flawless routines in the individual male trampoline competition on Wednesday evening.
Evstigneev scored a 55.03 in his first routine, and a 56.02 in his second for a combined score of 111.05. He won by a wide margin, with competitors from Quebec and British Columbia finishing second and third respectively.
"It's a huge rush, a roller coaster of emotions," he said through a media release from Team N.L. "I wasn't sure how I'd do when I stepped on the trampoline. I was nervous, my legs were shaking. I got on, I did my best, and it was good enough apparently. I'm just really happy to be here, it feels surreal."
Evstigneev is just the fifth athlete from Newfoundland and Labrador to win a gold medal at the Canada Games, and only the second to win gold at a winter Canada Games.
It's already been a banner week for the young gymnast, after being the flagbearer for the province in the opening ceremonies. He has a busy schedule ahead, with an Elite Canada competition in March, followed by the junior Pan American Games in Mexico in May, and the Canadian national championships following that.