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Canadian gymnasts make history in London

Dustin Pollack
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Canada's Dominique Pegg (REUTERS/Dylan Martinez)

It wasn't the biggest surprise of the day — the French 4x100 metre relay team takes that title as they defeated the U.S. to win gold Sunday — but the Canadian women's gymnastics team advancing to the final was both unexpected and historic.

It's the first time since 1984 that a Canadian gymnastics team has advanced to a final and just the second time in history.

[Slideshow: Canadian gymnasts competing in London]

Victoria Moors, the youngest Canadian competitor at the Games at just 15 years old and one of the Canadian team members told the Vancouver Sun:

"It's unreal. I'm so happy to be a part of this. We know we did our best. We can't do any more than that. We haven't qualified a team in the Olympics for quite a while so we're happy as it is. Making the team final is a bonus.''

While the underdog Canadians performed well, other top performers fell victim to the pressure of performing at an event as widely viewed as the Olympics, most notably world all-around champion Jordyn Wieber who was edged out of the individual final by teammate Aly Raisman.

"I was really surprised, and I feel awful because she wanted it so bad, Raisman told CBC.ca. "But she should still feel proud because she's an Olympian."

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The Canadian team made up of five first-time Olympians including Moors, Brittany Rogers (19), Ellie Black (16), Kristina Vaculik (19) and Dominique Pegg (18) will compete in the team final Tuesday and a medal would be the first in Canadian team gymnastics history.

Pegg told the Globe and Mail:

"I feel so blessed to be here, I still just can't believe it. Just to have our names announced out there, it kind of left me breathless. "Team all-around was our biggest goal, we were really focusing on the team."

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