Manitoba gymnast Isabela Onyshko calls Rio Olympics 'a dream come true'
Isabela Onyshko intends to take a holiday before preparing for the World Gymnastic Championships
Manitoba Olympian Isabela Onyshko came home Friday to a warm welcome from 200 friends and family at Winnipeg's Richardson International Airport.
The Minnedosa-born, Brandon-based gymnast finished eighth in the individual women's balance beam event at the Rio Olympics after falling during her routine. While the result might not have been what she wanted, the experience was more than she imagined it would be.
"It was amazing. It was a dream come true," the 18-year-old said, while she was surrounded by supporters and balloons.
"You just have to enjoy the moment and put it all out there [and] being with the team was so great — it's great to know that they have my back no matter what."
The reigning Canadian all-around champion gymnast, Onyshko said she intends to take a brief holiday before setting her sights on competing at the World Gymnastic Championships next year in Montreal.
Onyshko's coach Lori Henderson agreed that a break is in order.
"I think we haven't really spent a day apart in the last 2 ½ or three years, other than maybe Christmas, so I think we're both ready for a holiday," she said, adding that Onyshko has some minor injuries that need time to heal as well.
Henderson lauded Onyshko's performance, especially for someone who is so young competing on the world's greatest stage for the first time.
Going into the Games, Onyshko told Henderson she wanted to help the team make the team final, and that she also wanted to make the all-around final and an individual event final.
"I thought, 'Oh my god, those are pretty lofty goals for your first Olympics,'" Henderson said.
"I can't tell you how proud I am of her. Bella did awesome and I wouldn't change it for anything," Henderson said.
"I know she might have wanted to do better — that's Bella, she always wants to move to that next step and I'm sure she will up the road."