Vote for your favourite gymnast of 2017!

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Vote for your favourite gymnast of 2017!

January 5, 2018

The first ever European ‘Gymnast of the Year’ awards are now open for voting and … we need your help

The European Union of Gymnastics (UEG) launches its ‘Gymnast of the Year’ election, where fans can vote for their favourite gymnast and performance of the year 2017. There are 5 categories: male, female, team, rising star and outstanding performance. Nominations were made by the UEG Technical Committees, staff and the 50 member Federations. Discover the nominees!

 

Male Gymnast of the Year – nominees

Daniel Bali (HUN) – Aerobics

Nominated by UEG staff: Daniel Bali performed a superb routine for 22.950 in the individual men’s final at the European Championships in Ancona, winning his first individual European title a point ahead of his nearest rivals. He completed a full set of medals by winning silver with Dora Hegyi and bronze with group. Add to that the mixed pair silver and group bronze won at the World Games and you’ll see what a great year it has been for the Hungarian.

 

Pablo Braegger (SUI) – Men’s Artistic Gymnastics

Nominated by the Swiss Gymnastics Federation: Head coach Bernhard Fluck says: As captain of the Swiss national team is very responsible, the perfect role model. Twice he broke his elbow and then struggled back up. With his strong will to do something great, he inspires his comrades in the national squad as well as the Swiss junior gymnast. At the latest when winning his gold medal at the European Championships 2017, where he showed an excellent and easily performed stretching exercise, the foreign countries became aware of him. To perform like that requires a lot of time and endurance. Pablo Brägger manages to combine successful and training-intensive top-level sport with a degree, which is particularly admirable.

 

Marian Dragulescu (ROU) – Men’s Artistic Gymnastics

Nominated by UEG staff: Competing at the highest level for as long as Marian Dragulescu has, is an achievement in itself. But the Romanian star continues to rock. In front of a home crowd, at the Europeans in Cluj, he showed that age is not a limitation: Dragulescu won the gold on floor, 17 years after his European title on this event! He won the silver on vault as well.

 

Eleftherios Petrounias (GRE) – Men’s Artistic Gymnastics

Nominated by the Greek Gymnastics Federation: European, World and Olympic Champion Eleftherios Petrounias remained unbeaten throughout 2017. He topped the ranking in all five tournaments in which he took part, including the qualification round: Thessaloniki National Championships, Baku World Cup, Cluj Europeans, Paris Challenge Cup and Montreal World Championships and he swept all available titles on rings for the third year in a row!

Tin Srbic (CRO) – Men’s Artistic Gymnastics

Nominated by the Croatian Gymnastics Federation: Tin Srbic, a 21-year-old student at the Faculty of mechanical engineering and naval architecture, competed in his first World Championships in 2017. And he won the gold medal on high bar! The first ever World Champion for Croatia! This incredible achievement earned him the title of Athlete of the Year in Croatia, the city of Zagreb and the National Olympic Committee

 

Oleg Verniaiev (UKR) – Men’s Artistic Gymnastics

Nominated by UEG staff: Oleg Verniaiev just keeps going. At the 2017 Europeans he showed his worth by successfully defending his all-around title. A feat last achieved more than 20 years ago by Ivan Ivankov in 1994 and 1996. He also claimed his third European title on parallel bars and won the World Cup series. At the Worlds in Montreal he won silver on parallel bars.

 

Mikhail Zalomin (RUS) – Double Mini-Trampoline

Nominated by the UEG TRA TC: Mikhail Zalomin won the World Games in July, upgrading from the silver he won in 2013. At the World Championships in Sofia (BUL), Zalomin lead his teammates to the team gold and clinched his third individual World title with his precise and difficult twisting series.

 

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Female Gymnast of the Year – nominees

Linoy Ashram (ISR) – Rhythmic Gymnastics

Nominated by the Israel Gymnastics Association: Ashram made a name for herself with her original style and in 2017 this reputation got confirmed, first at the European Championships in Budapest where she won 2 bronze medals (hoop and clubs). In July she clinched silver with clubs and bronze with hoop at the World Games and one month later she won the all-around bronze medal and the bronze with ribbon at the World Championships. For all these historic achievements she was elected Israeli Athlete of the Year!

 

Nina Derwael (BEL) – Women’s Artistic Gymnastics

Nominated by UEG staff: 2017 truly was the year of Nina Derwael. At the Europeans in Cluj she became the first Belgian European Champion by winning the gold on bars. At the World Championships she added a bronze medal, confirming her status as one of the best bar workers in the world. In both competitions she finished in the top 8 all-around as well.

 

Ellie Downie (GBR) – Women’s Artistic Gymnastics

Nominated by UEG staff: Unfortunately, injury cut her year short but her performance at the European Championships was truly historic! First, she became the first Brit to qualify to all finals, then she became the all-around European Champion. In event finals she added two silver medals (vault and floor) and a bronze (bars).

 

Tatsiana Piatrenia (BLR) – Trampoline

Nominated by the UEG Trampoline TC and the Belarus Gymnastics Association: At 36 years old, Tatsiana Piatrenia achieved amazing results at the World Championships in Sofia (BUL): gold in the Women’s Individual, silver medal in the Women’s Team and bronze in the Women’s Synchro.

 

Catalina Ponor (ROU) – Women’s Artistic Gymnastics

Nominated by the UEG Women’s Technical Committee: Catalina Ponor won her fifth European title on beam in Cluj, an absolute record and an achievement that is incredibly difficult to beat. After the World Championships she announced her retirement. The 30-year-old Romanian is an inspiration to the younger generation.

 

Pauline Schaefer (GER) – Women’s Artistic Gymnastics

Nominated by the German Gymnastics Federation: Pauline won the gold medal on balance beam at the 2017 World Championships in Montreal, 30 years after Doerthe Tuemmler won gold on bars. Furthermore, winning the gold medal on balance beam is very unique for a German gymnast, because the apparatus beam was a very long time considered the weakest apparatus for German gymnasts.

 

Giulia Steingruber (SUI) – Women’s Artistic Gymnastics

Nominated by the Swiss Gymnastics Federation. Head coach Fabien Martin says: Giulia plays a key role in the evolution of the Swiss gymnastics. She is the captain of our team and has won medals in all major leagues, among others 5 European titles! Giulia remains an example of seriousness, professionalism and motivation for all of our Swiss collective. If Giulia shines with her gymnastic talent, it's nothing compared to her human qualities. In 2017, Giulia had a difficult year starting with a foot operation in January. A few months later, she faced the death of her sister, an extremely difficult time for her. In spite of all these difficulties, she was able to rebound and obtain her first world medal on vault and a magnificent 7th place in the all-around competition.

 

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Team – nominees

 

Denmark’s senior Men team (DEN) – TeamGym

Nominated by the Danish Gymnastics Federation: The Danish senior men have dominated the European Champions, winning four gold medals in a row: 2010, 2012, 2014 & 2016.

 

Yannay Kalfa, Lidar Dana, Daniel Uralevich & Efi Sach (ISR) – Acrobatic Gymnastics

Nominated by the UEG ACRO-TC and the Israeli Gymnastics Association: The 2015 triple European Champions excelled at the Europeans in Rzeszow. With their dramatic and innovative routines, they pleased the crowd and the judges, successfully defending all three European titles!

 

Olympiada Thrakomakedonon (GRE) – Gymnastics for All

Nominated by the Greek Gymnastics Federation: The Athens-based club, consisting of 62 female performers aged between 10 and 22 years, presented a unique choreography themed “The Wolves and The Moon”, dedicated to the preservation of the Norwegian wolf. The electrifying performance of the “Wolves” was highly praised and they won the world title, in the first-ever participation of a Greek group at the Gala of World Gym for Life Challenge.Furthermore, their show was chosen by the Hellenic Olympic Committee to be part of the cultural events at the official handover Ceremony of the Olympic Flame to the Republic of Korea for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games, at the Panathenaic Stadium on 31 October.

 

Italian junior group – Rhythmic Gymnastics

Nominated by UEG staff: The 'Italbaby', the junior version of the famous Butterflies, won the silver medal for their group exercise at the Europeans in Budapest. Their expression of joy had the crowd on its feet.

 

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Rising star – nominees

 

Mélanie de Jésus Dos Santos (FRA) – Women’s Artistic Gymnastics

Nominated by the French Gymnastics Federation: Mélanie made a name for herself early in the season by winning a medal at the prestigious American Cup, now a stage in the all-around World Cup series. At the Europeans she continued showing her great form, earning her the bronze medal in the all-around. Her performance at the World Championships where she placed fifth all-around was rewarded with words of praise by the legendary Nadia Comaneci.

 

Artem Dolgopyat (ISR) – Men’s Artistic Gymnastics

Nominated by the Israeli Gymnastics Association: Artem Dolgopyat started the season by joining his teammate Alexander Shatilov in the floor final of the European Championships. He finished 4th in Cluj less than a tenth behind the bronze medal. At the worlds in Montreal he tumbled to the silver medal. Dolgopyat was elected Israeli Athlete of the Year!

 

Florentina Gruber, Melanie Trautenberger and Victoria Loidl (AUT) – Acrobatic Gymnastics

Nominated by the Austrian Gymnastics Federation: This great trio is the first Austrian group that ever competed in acrobatic gymnastics World Cup meetings at the senior level. And veni vidi vici, they won the overall World Cup in 2017!

 

Vinzenz Hoeck(AUT) – Men’s Artistic Gymnastics

Nominated by the Austrian Gymnastics Federation: Still only 21 years old (younger than most other still rings specialists), Hoeck competed in three World Cup events, placing 2nd, 4th and 10th to rank second overall. Much more is to be expected from this rising „Lord of the Rings“.

 

Tin Srbić (CRO) – Men’s Artistic Gymnastics

Nominated by the Croatian Gymnastics Federation: Tin Srbic, a 21-year-old student at the Faculty of mechanical engineering and naval architecture, competed in his first World Championships in 2017. And he won the gold medal on high bar! The first ever World Champion for Croatia! This incredible achievement earned him the title of Athlete of the Year in Croatia, the city of Zagreb and the National Olympic Committee.

 

Rasmus Steffensen (DEN) – Tumbling

Nominated by the Danish Gymnastics Federation: Rasmus Steffensen is the reigning junior European Champion junior and made it to the finals of the World Championships, finishing fourth in the senior competition!

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Outstanding performance – nominees

 

Lina Sjoeberg (SWE) – Double mini-trampoline

Nominated by the Swedish Gymnastics Federation: It has been a fantastic year for the Swedish gymnast Lina Sjoeberg, who has been in top of almost every competition within her discipline double mini trampoline. Nationally, the level of Lina’s gymnastics skills is way beyond rivalry; she is leading and developing the sport in Sweden. Internationally, Lina is one of the greatest sportswomen in DMT. During 2017 European Champion Lina Sjoeberg was the gold medallist at Tee World Cup, became a bronze medallist at The World Games and was the winner of the Swedish Championships. During the World Championships Lina was aiming for the gold medal. Even while making mistakes, she performed well and her result was the third best in the world. Her great results show that Lina has the possibility to deliver a high level of gymnastics during competitions. But also, she is challenging herself and the limits of what can and what cannot be done on a DMT. This year Lina was the first female gymnast in the world competing with a triple somersault up on the DMT, a great achievement that deserves to be respected and paid attention to!

 

Marina Chernova and Georgiy Pataraya (RUS) – Acrobatic Gymnastics

Nominated by the Russian Gymnastics Federation: At the latest European Championships in Poland, this amazing mixed pair received the highest amount of points in the history of acrobatics (in AA and in exercise). In one exercise they executed three triple saltos: one piked and two salto tucked. No one has made such difficult exercise before. And they make it look so easy! They also became the champions of World Games 2017 in July. Since Marina and Georgiy started competing together they have won all the gold medals available: 6-time European Champions, 3-time European Games Champions, World Champions and World Games Champions! They are truly unbeatable!

Tatsiana Piatrenia (BLR) – Trampoline

Nominated by the Belarus Gymnastics Association: At 36 years old, Tatsiana Piatrenia achieved amazing results at the World Championships in Sofia (BUL): gold in the Women’s Individual, silver medal in the Women’s Team and bronze in the Women’s Synchro.

 

Eleftherios Petrounias (GRE) – Men’s Artistic Gymnastics

Nominated by the Greek Gymnastics Federation: At the Cluj Europeans, Eleftherios Petrounias claimed his third consecutive still rings European title and he did so in style. He became the only one to achieve a still rings “three-peat” in more than two decades and the first one to approach the greatness of legendary Yuri Chechi, winner of four European titles in a row from 1990 to 1996. Moreover, Petrounias remains unbeaten on rings since 2015 having won all European, European Games, World and Olympic titles in those three years!

 

Samir Ait Said (FRA) – Men’s Artistic Gymnastics

Nominated by the French Gymnastics Federation: His horrific injury at the Rio Olympics 2016 went around the world but Samir Ait Said went back to work immediately after his surgery and took time to finish his physiotherapy studies. His spectacular comeback, under loud applause of 12.000 fans at the Paris World Cup, marked his qualification for the World Championships, where he finished 4th on rings!

 

Dina and Arina Averina (RUS) – Rhythmic Gymnastics

Nominated by the UEG staff: The Russian twins burst onto the rhythmic scene in 2017 after the retirement of Yana Kudryavtseva and Margarita Mamun. They dominated the whole season, dividing all European, World Games and World titles between them.

 

Sara Moreno and Vicente Lli (ESP) – Aerobics

Nominated by UEG staff: This Spanish mixed pair successfully defended their World Games title in Wroclaw in July before heading to their last competition, the European Championships in Ancona. Sara and Vicente performed an amazing lift in a super routine, to clinch the last title of their illustrious career.

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Start voting now! You have until Monday 15 January at 10am CET!