The second annual Golden League will take place this weekend in Porto San Giorgio, Italy, where the four teams that qualified at the top of the 2015 Italian Serie A rankings – Brixia Brescia, Artistica ’81 Trieste, GAL Lissone, and Ginnica Giglio – will compete for the trophy.
The competition will act as the first trial for Italy’s World Championship team selection. In addition to the four teams named above, a group of individuals selected by national team director Enrico Casella will compete, assigned randomly to the teams this Friday (which will also act as a sort of promotional day for Italian Gymnastics, with an autograph session for fans prior to podium training).
The teams are allowed to use a maximum of eight gymnasts on each apparatus in Saturday’s competition, but only the five best scores will be counted. The team competition will also define the all-around ranking, and the eight best gymnasts on each event will qualify for event finals to be held the following day. Like last year, there will be an additional vault final for the gymnasts who perform only one vault; since the aim of the competition is to prove the national team’s readiness for Worlds, this kind of event final can show which gymnasts could be more useful in a vault rotation for the Italian team in Glasgow.
Unfortunately, vault specialist Arianna Rocca – who was originally selected among the individuals admitted to the Golden League – injured her ankle and will no longer take part this weekend, though she is still going to continue her preparation for Glasgow.
Also of note is Lara Mori’s return as the leader of Ginnica Giglio. Mori, who was injured during the third meet of the Serie A, was last year’s World Championships alternate who stepped up with great routines when Elisa Meneghini had to withdraw due to injury.
The teams set to compete include…
Francesca Noemi Linari
|Artistica ’81 Trieste
Jessica Helene Mattoni
The team competition will be held on September 12 at 4 pm local time (10 am EST) while event finals will be held on September 13 at 3:30 pm local time (9:30 am EST).
There won’t be a live stream, but the competition will be uploaded next week on the Italian Federation’s YouTube. If you’re in Italy and want to see the action live, tickets are available here. The competition will be held at PalaSavelli in Porto San Giorgio.
Article by Valeria Violi
Photo by Valentina Ricci