Archive for February 16th, 2011

The Eighth Place in Tokyo

February 16, 2011

The German newspaper ‘Stuttgarter Zeitung‘ published a very well researched article about Kim Bui, Marie-Sophie Hindermann, the gymnasts from Stuttgart in general (Kim Bui, Marie-Sophie and Giulia Hindermann, Pia Tolle, Adina Hausch), the German gymnastics team and the qualifications for the 2012 Olympic Games. The author, Gerhard Pfisterer, predicted the first seven qualification spots will go almost certainly to China, the USA, Russia, Romania, Australia, Great Britain and Japan. And Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Brazil, Canada, Switzerland and the Ukraine will fight for the eighth spot, with which they can qualify directly to the Olympics. Germany’s main goal is to get this last spot, of course. In a recent post, the 13 gymnasts who might represent Germany at Europeans and Worlds were named.

Do you agree or is there a country missing?

via DTL

German Plans for 2011 – Men

February 16, 2011

This time head coach Andreas Hirsch reflects about the goals for the German Men’s team in 2011.

One main goal is the qualification for the Olympics 2012 at this years World Championships in Tokyo. The German Men’s team wants to place in the top eight and qualify directly to the Olympic Games in London.

The competition season starts in Jacksonville at the first all-around FIG World Cup, where Philipp Boy will represent Germany. Shortly before (February 26th), the German gymnasts will have their first trials for the European Championships in Berlin at the National Team Cup. Next is the Challenger World Cup in Cottbus, another important meet before the Europeans. After the World Championships, Philipp Boy will compete again at the the World Cup in Stuttgart.

As a weak point in the CoP, Hirsch mentions the score difference between vault and the other five apparatus. First, viewers can’t compare the performances until every team has done vault. Second, countries with good gymnasts on vault have an advantage.

DTB (German)

German Plans for 2011 – Women