European Youth Olympic Festival 2011 Preview

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As previously posted, the European Youth Olympic Festival will take place this month in Trazbon, Turkey. Artistic Gymnastics scheduled for July 24th – July 29th. At 2009 EYOF in Tampere, the Russians dominated the competition with the fantastic Viktoria Komova. A year later Viktoria became the first Youth Olympic Games champion in Singapore.

The main contenders this year for the title were expected to be Romania’s Larissa Iordache and Russia’s Anastasia Grishina and Anastasia Sidorova, unfortunately the two Russian’s have not yet recovered from previous injuries and so neither will not compete. Russia and Great Britain are sending some great gymnasts as are the Ukraine.

As previously explained, in the WAG competition those who are born in 1996 or 1997 are eligible to compete, likewise in the MAG competition those who are born in 1995 or 1995 can compete. Each country may send a maximum of six gymnasts to compete, 3 MAG and 3 WAG.

The Code of Points is modified for these Junior competitions. Changes made in 2009 have included a Difficulty value restriction for Junior competitions, 2 vaults of the same group are allowed in event finals and if F or G elements are performed, the maximum value awarded is 0.50 for each elements.

 Event schedule:

  • Sunday24th July: MAG Official podium training
  • Monday 25th July: WAG Official podium training
  • Tuesday 26th July: Men´s qualification (all-around and apparatus finals) & Team Final
  • Wednesday 27th July: Women´s qualification (all-around and apparatus finals) & Team Final
  • Thursday 28th July: MAG & WAG  All-around final
  • Friday29th July: MAG & WAG Apparatus finals

Participants:

170 gymnasts from 30 European countries are due to compete in Turkey.  Below are the WAG names competing:

  • Olivia Jochum,    Elena Metzler , Marlies Mannersdorfer – Austria
  • Terry Grandr’y, Ellen Rabout, Johanna Dujardin – Belgium
  • Sarah El – Dabagh, Juhl Jorgensen, Fani Toth – Denmark
  • Maijia Leinonen, Miina Kokkonen, Julia Darlington – Finland
  • Manon Cormoreche, Doriane Thobie, Anne Kuhm – France
  • Cagla Okyol, Janine Berger, Sophie Schede – Germany
  • Abi Caig, Gabrielle Jupp, Angel Romaeo – Great Britain
  • Maria Simos, Evangelia Plyta, Myropi Christofilaki – Greece
  • Freyja Húnfjörð Jósepsdóttir, Hildur Olafsdottir, Porey Kristinsdottir – Iceland  
  • Sarah Strawbridge, India McPeak – Ireland  
  • Erika Fasana, Francesca De Agosti, Elisa Meneghini – Italy
  • Lisa Top, Elise Bats, Chanshya Netteb – Netherlands
  • Filipa Martins – Portugal
  • Larisa Iordache, Maria Balaea, Gheorgiana Gheorge – Romania
  • Kristina Sidorovha, Anna Rodionova, Yevginia Shelgunogva – Russia
  •   Julia Rumbutis, Ida Rothe, Nicole Wanstrom – Sweden
  • Laura Schulte, Sara Metzger, Caterina Barloggio – Switzerland  

The following MAG Gymnasts have also been named:

  • Severin Kranzlmüller – Austria
  • Bram Louwije, Maxime Gentges , Daan Kenis – Belgium
  • Lukas Ridder, Marcus Frandses, Mathias Johansen – Denmark
  • Olli Kanerva, Aaro Lamberg, Heikki Saarenketo – Finland
  • Matthieu Clarivet, Benjamin Dekeyne, Stephen Micholet – France
  • Tim Leibiger , Lukas Schlotterer, Daniel Weinert – Germany
  • Frank Baines, Courtney Tulloch, Anthony Wise – Great Britain
  • Klaus Tantalidou, George Tserkesov, Dimitris Kiosses – Greece
  • Garðar Egill Guðmundsson, Hróbjartur Pálmar Hilmarsson, Sigurður Andrés Sigurðarson – Iceland
  • Adam Dalton – Ireland
  • Casimir Schmidt, Karl Kosztka, Bryan van Tienderen – Netherlands
  • Andrei Groza, Daniel Radeanu, Alexandru Avram – Romania
  • Grigori Zyryanov, Andrey Lagunov, Sergey Stepanov – Russia
  • Carl Green, Oskar Kirmes, Christopher Soos – Sweden
  • Eddy Yusof, Christian Baumann, Marco Walter – Switzerland

MAG Team competition startlist is available here.
Results will be available on Full Twist where possible.

Coverage may be available online via a turkish website. Gymnastics will be shown on Wednesday 3pm – 4.30pm turkish time (2 hours ahead of British time). Going by the schedule this should be the girls team final. Via International Gymnast.

Read more about the gymnastics at the EYOF here. You can also visit the official EYOF 2011 website for more information.

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