Yes, there will be other gymnastics competitions after the WORLDS!
One of them is the Swiss Cup held in less than four weeks at the 1st of November in Zurich.
Ariella Käslin: 2 hands, 2 legs & 1 head – That´s it!
Every country which is invited sends a team of one female and one male gymnast. Altogether, there will be 12 teams. The gymnasts can choose the order of the apparatus – but after the second round, the four teams with the lowest scores will be out. The remaining eight teams perform on the third chosen apparatus and only the four best teams qualify for the final round. All teams who reach the final will start again from zero points and can again choose from all four apparatus (in round 1-3, they have to compete different apparatus).
This is one of the competitions, in which the arena is darkened and the gymnasts perform under a “real spotlight”. Watch Ksenia Afanasyeva´s great BB in the final round in 2008 (yes, she showed two beautiful routines on the beam – one in the first and one in the last round):
Last year, Oksana Chusovitina injured herself in the second round on floor doing a “simple” tucked double back salto.
In 2008 the Chinese team – He Ning / Lu Bo – won over Romania – Sandra Izbasa / Flavius Kozci – and Russia Ksenia Afanasyeva / Maxim Devyatovsky.
These are the contestants for 2009 – who might win this year?
Ariella Kaeslin / Niki Böschenstein
Elisabeth Seitz / Thomas Taranu
He Ning / Fuliang Liang
Kim Bui / Matthias Fahrig
Pauline Morel / Cyril Tommasone
Cynthia Lemieux / Casey Sandy
Mayra Kroonen / Jeffrey Wammes
Diana Chelaru / Marian Dragulescu
Ksenia Afanasyeva / Sergej Chorochordin
Yana Demyanchuk / Nikolai Kuksenkov