Archive for March 26th, 2009

Update: Ferrari WILL compete at Europeans!

March 26, 2009

Vanessa Ferrari will definitly compete at the European Championships.

There┬┤s a short post on the official website of the 2009 European Championships, held in Milan:

“Today the italian coach Fulvio Vailati has formalized the female team: among the 4 athlets there will be the european champion Vanessa Ferrari. Paola Galante, Lia Parolari and Emily Army will share her dream of a continental gold medal.”

But why is Serena Licchetta no longer on the team? That would be a pity! ­čśŽ

Italian women

Italian women

As the official site of FIG told us, both 2007 Individual All-Around Champions Vanessa Ferrari (ITA) and Maxim Deviatovski (RUS) will not compete at the upcoming European Championships 2009. In case of Vanessa Ferrari, this is obviously wrong.

On the website of the European Championships, Vanessa is on several photos entitled “female team” or “Italian team”.

I┬┤m exciting to see her compete again – we have to see what she can do!

Ferrari at the 2006 World Championships

Ferrari at the 2006 World Championships

(photo: www.gymnasticsunited.com)

(Hopefully, I don┬┤t have to do another update and this is a final decision! :-))

Nastia “joins the Circus”

March 26, 2009

Normally I prefer complete gymnastics exercises better than montages. But this montage about Nastia Liukin is really good!

I like it – and so does Nastia! (it┬┤s on her YouTube-channel under the category “Nastia┬┤s Choice”)

Click here to watch it on YouTube!

200.000 Euros prizemoney

March 26, 2009

The Champions Trophy goes in production. This year, German gymnastic superstar Fabian Hamb├╝chen plus seven other gymnasts fight for altogether 200.000 Euros prizemoney in four competitions held in Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Berlin and Mannheim.

Fabian Hamb├╝chen

Fabian Hamb├╝chen

The invitational tournament starts May 31st in Frankfurt within the International German Gymnastics Festival (30.05-05.06).

I┬┤m hoping to see more international competitors from Japan, China, Canada and the USA.

Last year during the 26th DTB-World Cup the first test run of the Champions Trophy was successful. The Russian Maxim Deviatovsky won over Hisashi Mizutori (JAP) and Hamb├╝chen.

Read the announcement in German.

I think it┬┤s unbelievable how one single gymnast can change the sport in a country. Without Fabian Hamb├╝chen, gymnastics would definitly not be as popular as it is. (Though gymnastics isn┬┤t really popular in Germany compared to the USA.)