The Artistic Gymnastics Newsletter N° 4

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The Artistic Gymnastics Newsletter N° 4

April 14, 2017

By Yvette Brasier and Jacky Wischnia









In just 5 days the 2017 Artistic Gymnastics European Championships will kick off in the Romanian city Cluj-Napoca.As the first big international competition of the new Olympic cycle, all eyes will be on us. Which ​gymnasts will win? Will we see new skills? How do the gymnasts adapt to the new Code of Points? Which new faces will emerge? These and many more questions will be answered next week!

As we head into the last straight line of preparations, we are pleased to announce that the entire competition will be livestreamed on our partner Eurovision’s platform. Yes, that does include qualifications! You have no excuse to miss a single minute!

And as far as Cluj itself is concerned, all three days of finals are sold out! 5000 tickets per day have been sold... The atmosphere in Cluj-Napoca promises to be electrifying!





37 Federations will travel to Romania to challenge for the first European titles of the new Olympic cycle. A total of 274 gymnasts are scheduled to compete, 168 male and 106 female gymnasts.

Stars like Catalina Ponor, Larisa Iordache and Marian Dragulescu are sure to attract the attention of the Romanian fans. On the international stage they are joined by Olympic Champions Eleftherios Petrounias (GRE), Oleg Verniaiev (UKR), Krisztian Berki (HUN) and Sanne Wevers (NED). Throw in some up-and-coming talents like Ukraine’s Diana Varinska, Russian junior 2016 European all-around champion Elena Eremina and her male 2012 counterpart Frank Baines (GBR), Italy’s Francesca Linari, Switzerland’s Lyn Genhart, Ireland's Rhys McClenaghan and Lithuania’s Tomas Kuzmickas, you are guaranteed an exciting competition!




Find out when your favourite gymnasts will be competing! In the women’s competition each country can send up to 4 gymnasts who can compete on all 4 events. For the men, a Federation can send up to 6 gymnasts but only 4 can compete per event.

The finalised –and official- start lists will be published on the eve of the competition.





Who else than Romanian legend Nadia Comaneci could have become the ambassador of this event?! Nadia, known all over the world for her perfect 10 at the 1976 Olympics, embodies the glory of Romanian gymnastics.

“I am very honoured for this designation. I am glad that Romania, in the beautiful Polyvalent Hall of the magnificent city of Cluj-Napoca, will have the opportunity to receive gymnasts from across Europe to participate in this edition. It is a celebration for Romanian gymnastics in its entirety, for Romanian sports. I hope the whole city will be present at this Championships to be with our gymnasts and to cross their fingers for them… I look forward to getting to Cluj-Napoca.”

Nadia is good friends with IOC President Thomas Bach, who won the fencing gold at the same Olympics, and got him to promote our Championships! “This prestigious event will be in Romania for the first time in 60 years and is due a beautiful tradition in gymnastics in this beautiful country. No one understands these traditions better than the Ambassador of these European Championships, Olympic Champion and my best friend, Nadia … With so many talents competing in gymnastics, these European Championships is their chance to mark history. The competition will be an intense one for the gymnasts and their fans!”, said an enthusiastic Thomas Bach. 




You can follow all the action LIVE thanks to our partner Eurovision!






See you in Cluj!

Yvette Brasier & Jacky Wischnia​