The FIG announced the competitors set to attend this year’s World Cup event in Stuttgart, Germany this March.
The German legend Elisabeth Seitz, who finished tenth in the all-around final at last year’s world championships, headlines the field that will also include her teammate Tabea Alt, a first-year senior and a potential game-changer for Germany set to make her international debut at the American Cup in New Jersey two weeks earlier.
The international field is comprised of several young but vastly experienced international competitors, including 2015 worlds competitors Ellie Downie of Great Britain, Elisa Meneghini of Italy, Isabela Onyshko of Canada, and Seda Tutkhalyan of Russia.
2012 Olympian Celine van Gerner of the Netherlands is also slated to attend in what will be her comeback from an injury that took her out of contention for last year’s worlds team, as is Xie Yufen, the 17-year-old from China who has yet to make a major international squad for her country.
Rounding out the field is Nia Dennis of the United States in what will be her long-anticipated senior international debut after injuries held her back in 2015. Dennis, who moved from Buckeye Gymnastics to Legacy Elite last summer, finished ninth at the U.S. Championships in 2015 with all-around scores of 57.35 and 57.85, making her a strong shot for a gold medal finish if she attends. Like MyKayla Skinner‘s spot in the Glasgow World Cup, Dennis’ spot is nominative and she will have to show readiness at the February national team camp before Martha Karolyi makes the decision official.
Her biggest competition will be Downie, the British superstar also in her second year of competition who helped her team to an historic bronze medal at worlds in 2015. Due to a fall on bars in qualifications, Downie did not advance to the all-around final in Glasgow, but is easily the country’s strongest all-around competitor and has the greatest potential to upset Dennis in Stuttgart.
The Stuttgart World Cup will be held at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany on March 19.
Article by Lauren Hopkins