The European Championships in Berlin and the World Championships in Tokyo which will also serve as the first qualification round for London 2012 are the main gymnastics events this year. Especially the Europeans in the home country will be a highlight for the whole team. Who might be on the EC team this year?
Oksana Chusovitina, of course, Elisabeth Seitz, Marie-Sophie Hindermann and Kim Bui will both come back after injuries, Joeline Möbius, Lisa-Katharina Hill, Pia Tolle and Giulia Hindermann. Anja Brinker won’t have a chance after she tore her achilles tendon. But the new seniors Desiree Baumert, Nadine Jarosch, Katja Roll, Anja Rheinbay and Adina Hausch will also fight for one of the four spots.
Koch is pleased with all the new gymnasts who turn senior this year. She hopes for a better competition between the girls which should build an overall better team with more difficult routines.
The first trials for Euros will be on 26th February (National Team Cup), the second on a friendly meet with GBR-SUI-NED on 19th March. Other important meets are the Challenger Cup in Cottbus in March, the first trials for Worlds and the German Championships + second trials in August, two friendly meets before Worlds in September and the World Cup in Stuttgart in November.