GYMNAST CURTIS HIBBERT, 1987
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He is one of Canada’s most successful gymnasts. Curtis Hibbert first came into the spotlight when he competed in the Canadian National Championships, Canada Winter Games and Pan American Games in 1983. In 1987, he became the first Canadian to win a medal at the World Championships with a second-place finish in high bar. In this arresting photo by Globe photographer Hans Deryk, Hibbert holds still over the parallel bars. The photo, published weeks after his silver-medal victory, was used to profile Hibbert’s impact on Canadian gymnastics. He qualified for the 1988 Olympic Games and achieved topeight finishes in three of the six individual events. He retired in 1993, and established the Kids Super Gym Club in Erin Mills, Ont., to create a non-competitive atmosphere where having fun mattered most.