Olympians set to return at EnBW DTB-Pokal in Stuttgart08/02/2017
An Olympian-packed field will return to international competition as 15 top flight gymnasts vie for gold at the EnBW DTB-Pokal World Cup in Stuttgart, the second of three competitions in the FIG’s 2017 All-around World Cup series, March 18-19 in Germany.
As the new Olympic cycle dawns, Stuttgart offers these gymnasts the chance to test herself against some of the best in the world before April’s European Championships, which will be held on Romanian soil for the first time since 1957, and October's World Championships, to be held in Montréal for the first time since 1985. Challengers include the Netherlands’s Eythora Thorsdottir, Russia's Angelina Melnikova, Canada’s Isabela Onyshko and Germans Tabea Alt and Pauline Schaefer, all of whom have Olympic experience, while newcomers Zhang Jin (CHN), Morgan Hurd (USA) and Alice Kinsella (GBR) complete the women’s lineup.
The field contains two Olympic medallists: Melnikova, who won silver with the Russian team in 2016, and Ukraine's Oleg Verniaiev, who captured Parallel Bars gold in Rio. Verniaiev, an omnipresent competitor on the World Cup circuit, will take on a host of international rivals, including American Allan Bower, Russia’s Nikita Ignatyev, Japan’s Kazuma Kaya and China’s up and comer Sun Wei. Oliver Hegi of Switzerland, Lukas Dauser and Philipp Herder of Germany and Britain’s James Hall round out the men’s roster.
The Stuttgart World Cup is the second of three Individual All-around World Cup events on the 2017 FIG calendar and follows the American Cup, which will take place March 4 in Newark (USA). After Stuttgart, the action turns to London (GBR), where the series concludes April 8. In addition to a prize purse of 12,000 Swiss Francs, the Stuttgart World Cup winners gain 60 points in the All-around World Cup standings, with second place gaining 55, third 50 and so on. The national federation with the highest point total after all three stops wins the 2017 FIG World Series title.
2017 Stuttgart World Cup competitors - Men
Switzerland: Oliver Hegi (update Feb. 13)
China: Sun Wei
Great Britain: James Hall
Germany: Lukas Dauser
Germany: Philipp Herder
Japan: Kazuma Kaya
Russia: Nikita Ignatyev
Ukraine: Oleg Vernaiev
USA: Allan Bower (update Feb. 19)
2017 Stuttgart World Cup competitors - Women
Canada: Isabela Onyshko
China: Zhang Jin
Great Britain: Alice Kinsella (update Feb. 20)
Germany: Tabea Alt
Germany: Pauline Schaefer
Netherlands: Eythora Thorsdottir
USA: Morgan Hurd (update Feb. 28)
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