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Melanie Banville : biography

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Melanie Louise Banville (born June 22, 1987) is a Canadian gymnast.

Born in Cornwall, Ontario she lives in nearby Long Sault, Ontario and trains in Ottawa. Starting gymnastics at age five she was highly motivated by the competition at the 1996 Summer Olympics and then made it her goal to reach an Olympic games. Banville's younger brother Eric is also a gymnast.

After becoming known as one of Canada's best young gymnasts, Banville went to the 2004 Summer Olympics where she finished 24th in the individual all-round competition. Melanie's coaches at the Ottawa Gymnastics Center were Tobie Gorman, Lori Ierullo and Matthew Sparks. Matthew Sparks (currently head coach at Cirque du Soleil) also coached Melanie's twin brother Eric.

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