Alexandra Michel Orlando
(born January 19, 1987) is a Canadian rhythmic gymnast
. She was born in Toronto
and attended Havergal College.
Orlando has swept to win every rhythmic gymnastics event at the Canadian National Championships in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007. Orlando swept the individual event finals at the Elite Canada rhythmic gymnastics competition in 2007 and also won the all around crown. At the world championships in September, she finished ninth in the all-around competition and qualified for the Olympic Games in Beijing
She won all six rhythmic gymnastics events included as part of the gymnastics
program at the 2006 Commonwealth Games
. She joined Graham Smith
), Susie O'Neill
, Kuala Lumpur
) and Ian Thorpe
) as the only competitors to win six gold medals at a single Commonwealth Games
Orlando currently studies commerce at the University of Toronto
and she continues to train at the Ritmika RG Club under Mimi Masleva. She is the subject of the book Alexandra Orlando: In Pursuit Of Victory (Toronto: BookLand Press, 2006) by Martin Avery.
Orlando is of Italian origins, her father is Sicilian
and mother Salerno
. She stated in an interview, "I went last summer for vacations for two weeks. I have many Italian relatives, my family is from the South. My......