The Women's Artistic Gymnastics Newsletter N° 3

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The Women's Artistic Gymnastics Newsletter N° 3

December 13, 2016

By Yvette Brasier, WTC President







With an excellent European Championships and marvellous competitions at the Olympic Games, Women’s Artistic Gymnastics truly enjoyed its many hours in the spotlight. Fans from all over the world closely followed all the action while social media worked its magic and ensured the athletes’ stories got told … and heard! After taking some time to let all the impressions of 2016 sink it, our focus now turns towards next year. A new Olympic cycle means a new Code of Points… The UEG’s Women’s Technical Committee greatly appreciates the efforts of the gymnasts, coaches and judges to adapt to these changes. Our European Championships in Cluj-Napoca will be the first big test, so join us in Romania, exactly 60 years after the first ever Europeans for women was held in its capital Bucharest!



The Romanian Gymnastics Federation has been preparing for the first big international competition of the 2017 – 2020 cycle, the 7th Individual European Championships to be held in Romania’s second biggest city, Cluj-Napoca.  

As it’s an individual Europeans, no team competition will be contested but an all-around and 4 event titles will be awarded. Will we the current champions extend their reign or will new faces emerge? Aliya Mustafina has already said that she plans to take a break while Giulia Steingruber ended her season early because of an injury. And what can we expect of this year’s junior champions on the senior stage? Juniors like Martina Maggio (ITA), Elena Eremina, Anastasia Iliankova (RUS), Diana Varinska (UKR), Marie Skammelsen (DEN), Alice Kinsella (GBR) and many more join the senior ranks in 2017. Exciting times ahead!

Save the dates: 19 to 23 April 2017!



The women’s gymnastics event at the Rio Olympics were a huge success. A sold out venue, massive media coverage and an enthusiastic crowd, all enhanced the performance of the gymnasts. While the USA put on a winning display, Russia overcame several injuries and setbacks to take the silver medal, just as they did in 2012. Aliya Mustafina also managed to retain her all-around bronze medal and her uneven bars title. Teammate Maria Paseka moved up a place on vault, from bronze in 2012 to silver in 2016. Sanne Wevers dreamt about this moment her whole life and certainly lived up to the expectations. Her gorgeous spins and leaps made her difficulty score soar but it was the well-executed delivery that sealed the deal -and the balance beam Olympic gold medal. Giulia Steingruber claimed a historic medal for Switzerland, winning bronze on vault, the first ever medal for a female gymnast! In Germany Sophie Scheder upset Eli Seitz for the bronze on bars while Amy Tinkler, the youngest athlete on Team GB in Rio, clinched the bronze on floor.

Congratulations to all gymnasts and coaches for this superb competition!





From 7 to 17 July 31 coaches and 34 gymnasts from 15 countries met for 10 days of intense training under the watchful eyes of our experts and TC members Orna Shai and Hana Liskarova. With a focus on both the practical as the theoretical aspect of gymnastics, sessions were divided between warm-up, flexibility, technique on the apparatus, physical preparation and choreography. Of course there was also time for sightseeing with cultural visits to Pisa and Florence, and for relaxing on the beach. The gymnasts set up a show to celebrate the good times they had at the camp.

Smiling faces were seen all around the excellent facilities in Tirrenia, working hard but also enjoying the beach time and social gatherings.

We have fixed the dates for the 2017 training camp: 14 to 24 July in Tirrenia (ITA)! You can register your interest by contacting your National Federation!



We can proudly look back on a highly successful week in a sold-out PostFinance Arena! The quality of the junior competition promises an exciting new Olympic cycle ahead, while the seniors made the most of this last opportunity before the Olympics to test and polish their routines. With 2 gold medals, crowd favourite Giulia Steingruber became the face of the Championships, earning her even more media coverage and fans than she had already. The steadfastness of the Russian women on their way to the team title was equally impressive as was Becky Downie’s regaining of the uneven bars title. 





With my warm regards 
Yvette Brasier
WTC President