First of all, I am sorry for writing so unsteady – as soon as I will have a bit more time and more importantly a better connection to the internet, more news on gymnastics will be posted.
Now on the topic: The German Junior Championships 2011 were held last weekend (11/12 June) in Esslingen-Berkheim. Following gymnasts out of overall 78 competitors won in the four age classes (12-15). Click on the pictures to see all four AA winners in HQ.
Age class 12 – Kim Janas (SV Halle) / 48.300
Age class 13 – Alina Ehret (SV Rippenweier) / 49.550
Age class 14 – Sophie Scheder (TuS Chemnitz-Altendorf) / 52.400
Age class 15 – Janine Berger (SSV Ulm) / 51.500
The very talented and young Kim Janas opened her floor routine with a double pike and finished with 2.5 twists. She is very precise and her dance to the music “Fairytale” is lovely to watch. (Take a look by clicking on the links!) On bars she showed a Jaeger, a double piked dismount and very clean handstands (though she fell on one a half turn). Janas performed a handspring with a tucked somersault with a little step on vault but didn’t have the best day on beam, where she fell twice. Pauline Tratz and Antonia Alicke finished second and third. Janas, Tratz, Alicke and the two best gymnast from age class 13, Ehret and Nadja Schulze will compete for Germany in an upcoming U-13-meet against France, Great Britain, Switzerland and Italy in Tittmoning (GER).
Alina Ehret, who is trained by Elisabeth Seitz’ coach Claudia Schunk, did a layout Yurchenko on vault and performed a Gienger and Jaeger (fall) on bars with a full twisting double back dismount. She had a fall (switch leap half) in her beam routine including a front tuck, walkover+back handspring+layout step-out, aerial and a double twisting dismount. On floor, Ehret showed a tsuk, 2.5 twists and finished with a double back.
I haven’t seen any inside stalders from German gymnasts in a while, but now, Sophie Scheder has a few of them in her new routine on bars which also includes a piked Jaeger and a tsukahara dismount. Her beam is a bit shaky but on floor she performed clean double backs, piked and tucked and finished with a double twist. On vault, she fell on her Yurchenko layout. Cagla Akyol, who won in her age class last year, placed second. She performed a difficult floor routine including a piked tsukahara, 2.5 twist+front layout, 1.5 bwd+front full and a double back dismount under the eyes of her trainer Claudia Schunk.
It’s one of my favourite routines of the competition. Click play or watch it on YouTube:
On beam Akyol wasn’t as solid as usual but finished with a strong double piked dismount and on bars she performed a Jaeger, a Tkatchev and a double front dismount (fall). Pauline Schäfer is another promising gymnast in this strong age class. She didn’t have her best day on beam where she fell several times (even on a “simple” move) but showed an extremely clean but not too difficult floor routine for a seventh place finish.
Finally, Janine Berger won the oldest age class. She perfomed a piked tsuk and 2.5 twists on floor where her dance still has a lot of potential. On bars she did a Shapos, piked Jaeger and a tsuk dismount and on vault a Tsukahara with a full twist.
Watch most of the routines on german-gymnastics. Click on the left on “Competitions 2011″ and then on “Deutsche Jugendmeisterschaften” and on the routines of the gymnasts you want to see. Or click through to this YouTube-channel.
The photos are from Bernhard Schwall’s excellent website gymfan.de. Click through to see a lot more.