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European Teams Announced

March 25, 2011

Thanks to Full Twist, here is a link to the competitors at the European Championships, which will start a week and a half from now. I am posting the full teams below, with the events each gymnast will compete. Next week, I will post predictions for the competition.

Austria
Elisa Hämmerle (AA)
Barbara Gasser (AA)

Belgium
Aagie Vanwalleghem (AA)
Julie Croket (AA)
Lisa Verschueren (BB/FX)
Antje Vandevelde (VT/UB

Belarus
Alina Sotnikova (AA)
Volha Makhautsova (AA)

Bulgaria
Ralitsa Mileva

Croatia
Tijana Tkalcec (VT/FX)
Tina Erceg (BB/FX)

Czech Republic
Kristyna Palesova (AA)
Jana Sikulova (AA)

Denmark
Mette Hulgaard (AA)
Michelle Lauritsen (AA)
Mia Ruru (AA)

Spain
Claudia Menendez (AA)
Beatriz Cuesta (AA)
Claudia Vila (AA)
Ainoa Carmona (AA)

Finland
Annika Urvikko (AA)
Rosanna Ojala (AA)
Ida Laisi (AA)

France
Mira Boumejmajen (UB/BB)
Marine Brevet (AA)
Clara Della Vedova (AA)
Marine Petit (BB/FX)

Great Britain
Danusia Francis (AA)
Jennifer Pinches (AA)
Hannah Whelan (AA)
Beth Tweddle (UB/FX)

Georgia
Ketevan Bolkvadze (AA)

Germany
Kim Bui (AA)
Oksana Chusovitina (VT/BB/FX)
Nadine Jarosch (AA)
Elisabeth Seitz (AA)

Greece
Vasiliki Millousi (AA)
Stefani Bismpikou (AA)
Paschalina Mitrakou (AA)
Elisavet Tsakou (AA)

Hungary
Renata Toth (VT/BB/FX)
Austin Sheppard (AA)
Dorina Bocozgö (AA)

Ireland
Charlotte McKenna (AA)

Iceland
Jóhanna Rakel Jónasdóttir (AA)
Embla Jóhannesdóttir (AA)
Dominiqua A. Belányi (AA)
Thelma Rut Hermannsdóttir (AA)

Israel
Valeriia Maksiuta (AA)
Roni Rabinovitz (AA)
Yuval Samouha (AA)
Sapir Hana Cohen (AA)

Italy
Vanessa Ferrari (AA)
Carlotta Ferlito (AA)
Elisabetta Preziosa (AA)
Chiara Gandolfi (AA)

Lithuania
Greta Nevedomskaite (AA)
Mante Jasilionyte (AA)

Luxembourg
Mara Kimmel (AA)
Aline Bernar (AA)

Netherlands
Yvette Moshage (AA)
Naoual Ouazzani Chahdi (AA)
Céline Van Gerner (AA)
Joy Goedkoop (AA)

Norway
Haldis Naerum (AA)
Karoline Sondov (AA)

Poland
Marta Pihan-Kulesza (AA)
Gabriela Janik (VT/UB)
Katarzyna Jurkowska (BB/FX)

Portugal
Alexandra Choon (AA)
Ekaterina Kislinskaya (AA)

Romania
Ana Porgras (AA)
Sandra Izbasa (VT/BB/FX)
Diana Chelaru (AA)
Amelia Racea (AA)

Russia
Aliya Mustafina (AA)
Anna Dementyeva (AA)
Tatiana Nabieva (AA)
Yulia Belokobylskaya (AA)

Slovenia
Ivana Kamnikar (AA)
Fiona Novak (AA)
Teja Belak (AA)
Adela Sajn (AA)

Switzerland
Ariella Kaeslin (AA)
Giulia Steingruber (AA)
Jessica Diacci (AA)
Linda Stämpfli (AA)

Sweden
Jonna Adlerteg (AA)
Veronica Wagner (AA)

Turkey
Özlem Özkan (AA)
Demet Mutlu (AA)

Ukraine
Nataliya Kononenko (UB/BB)
Yana Demyanchuk (UB/BB)
Mariya Livchikova (VT/BB/FX)
Alina Fomenko (AA)

It most teams have put up four gymnasts on four events if they could, even Russia and Romania (except Izbasa, who doesn’t train bars) who seemed to previously be doubting it. It was reported a while ago that Romania would only bring three gymnasts and that Russia was planning on having Nabieva and Belokobylskaya specialize. I am expecting some changes in the final lineups for Russia if any medal favorites are shut out due to the two-per country rule.

The Ukrainian team may be the biggest surprise; they are leaving home their top two all arounders from their nationals, which were held just a month ago, and are only having one gymnast compete all around. Livchikova has the potential to finish high in the all around- her bars aren’t very good, but I would have still expected the coaches to give her a chance to compete all the events.

The competition will likely be dominated by Russia and Romania, with gymnasts from France, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands and Switzerland also in contention for medals. It is not an incredibly deep field, but there will be some great gymnastics coming out of it.

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