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Kyle Shewfelt

Olympic Gymnastics Champion

Kyle Shewfelt captured Olympic Gold in the floor exercise at the 2004 Olympics in Greece. He became an inspirational leader after he achieved the biggest comeback of his life after breaking both legs in 2007. In just 11 months, Kyle recovered and qualified for the Beijing Olympic Games.

Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Going for Gold – The Story of an Olympic Champion Kyle Shewfelt’s story is one of determination and perseverance. After years of competition and training, on Sunday, August 22, 2004 in Athens, he captured Olympic Gold in the floor exercise becoming the first Canadian ever to win an artistic gymnastics event at the Olympics. He has since embarked on the biggest comeback of his life, after breaking both legs in 2007, and to go on and compete with Team Canada at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. This Canadian hero exemplifies grace under pressure and commitment to the true ideals of sport.

Overcoming Challenges Taking Risks Grace Under Pressure

  • To hear someone speak of their quest for excellence in life, but more importantly, their incredibly personal definition of excellence is…was inspirational. I think anyone or any organization would benefit from hearing Kyle speak. He can motivate a room, a heart, a mind, and a team all at once.

    - Operations Coordinator for Strad Energy
  • Kyle's speech was amazing and he had the 300 people attending the lunch completely engaged in what he was saying. He really made his story exciting and inspirational and he had some fantastic footage that was a great complement to his speech.

    - CPBI Western Regional Conference Programming Committee
  • Kyle was definitely the highlight of our event! A speaker can bring many things to an evening such as this – entertainment, inspiration or motivation. Kyle brought all three in spades. Kyle has a wonderful disarming style that creates intimacy with his audience and his adeptness at storytelling is immediately engaging.

    - Okanagan Gymnastics Centre Board of Directors

Summary Profile

A three-time Olympian, Kyle Shewfelt made a historic breakthrough at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens when he won gold on floor exercise for Canada’s first ever Olympic medal in artistic gymnastics. Shewfelt nearly added a second medal on vault, but missed out on the bronze in a controversial judging decision. While Shewfelt’s gymnastics was internationally renowned for its flow, cleanliness and elegance, he was as equally a determined competitor. After Shewfelt broke both of his legs on a bad landing during a training session at the 2007 World Championships, he underwent surgery and rehabilitation. Just 11 months later he was back on the Olympic stage, competing at Beijing 2008 and providing even more inspiration to young Canadian gymnasts. Shewfelt was also an innovator, being the first man to perform a two-and-a-half twisting Yurchenko vault which was subsequently named in his honour. The longtime leader of the Canadian men’s team, Shewfelt enjoyed success outside of the Olympic arena. His trophy case includes three bronze medals (2003 floor exercise, 2003 vault, 2006 floor exercise) from the FIG World Championships. He was a six-time medallist in two appearances at the Commonwealth Games, including back-to-back gold medals on floor exercise as well as a 2002 gold medal on vault. He also led the Canadian men to gold in the 2006 team event. Since retiring in 2009, Shewfelt has remained involved with the sport as a television commentator as well as an ambassador and mentor for Gymnastics Canada. In 2013 he opened Kyle Shewfelt Gymnastics with programs for all ages. Shewfelt was inducted to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. An engaging and seasoned speaker, Kyle creatively weaves his personal and motivational stories into topics ranging from overcoming challenges, taking risks to grace under pressure.