Acro stars come out for Limes World Cup24/04/2014
More than 80 of the world's top Acro gymnasts are in Aalen (GER) this weekend for the Limes Acro World Cup, the final FIG World Cup event before the 2014 World Acrobatic Championships in Paris-Levallois (FRA) this July.
The event is expected to be something of a mini World Championships, with past World medallists and top contenders from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean filling out the roster.
Russia, traditionally a powerhouse in Acrobatic Gymnastics, is bringing a delegation of 20 athletes, including three men's and Women's Pairs, and two Women's Groups. The country's two-time World champion Women's Group Aigul Shaikhutdinova, Ekaterina Stroynova, Ekaterina Loginova will not compete, but Natalya Lavrukhina, Natalia Solodinina and Viktoria Sukhareva, bronze medallists at the Maia World Cup in Portugal in March, will once again be suiting up.
Americans Kiley Boynton and Ryan Ward, who upset reigning World Games Mixed Pairs champions Alice Upcott and Dominic Smith (GBR) in Maia are again hoping for gold in Aalen in their rematch against the British duo. Britain, a rising World power in Acro, has also sent top Women's Group Georgia Lancaster, Elise Matthews and Millie Spalding, as well as Men's Group Gareth Wood, George Wood, Connor Bartlett and Daniel Cook. Britain’s Adam McAssey, who won World silver with Men’s Pair partner Edward Upcott in 2012, will be in Aalen as well, this time helping coach the British team.
Familiar faces from the 2012 World Championships will also be appearing in Aalen, including World Women's Group bronze medallists Yuliya Khrypach, Hanna Kobyzeva, Julia Kovalenko of Belarus. Russia's Eliaveta Dubrova and Valentina Kim, who finished fourth in Women's Pairs two years ago in Lake Buena Vista (USA), and brothers Maxim and Dmitry Ivanov, who competed together in Men's Pair, are also scheduled to compete.
About the 2014 FIG Acrobatic Gymnastics World Cup series
The 2014 international season in Acrobatic Gymnastics includes three FIG World Cup competitions, taking place on March 7 - 8 in Maia (POR), on April 24 – 26 in Aalen (GER) and on November 15 -16 in Stoke-on-Trent (GBR). All events are category B tournaments and will feature Qualifying rounds and Finals in Men’s and Women’s Pairs, Mixed Pairs as well as Men’s and Women’s Groups.
The world ranking points collected by the competitors during the circuit will add up to a total with all points counting and the top scorers in each discipline being crowned the winner of the overall series at the final event in Stoke-on-Trent.