The Italian gymnastics season will start this Saturday in Turin, with the first Serie A meet that will be held at PalaRuffini arena. Contrary to previous years, this time the four meets of the Italian Serie A will cover a wider time span, with the remainder of the meets scheduled for April, May, and September.
Being a post-Olympic year, many of the well-known Italian gymnasts won’t take part in this meet, either because they’re taking some time off, or because they’re recovering from former injuries.
Vanessa Ferrari is still recovering from the surgery she underwent on her tendon, though she’ll attend the meet as an assistant coach with Brixia Brescia. The same goes for her teammate Erika Fasana, who dealt with an elbow injury in Rio and underwent surgery afterwards. However, the latter is expected to come back for the last Italian Serie A meets, along with Martina Rizzelli and Sofia Busato.
Carlotta Ferlito chose to take some time off right after the Olympics and then come back slowly, getting all her skills back and regaining her top shape before starting to compete again later in 2017.
The 2016 Olympian Elisa Meneghini and the Olympic alternate Lara Mori didn’t take any time off the gym, and will respectively lead their teams, GAL Lissone and Ginnica Giglio. However, the frontrunner of the Italian Serie A is still Brixia Brescia, even without their big names, as this team feature some of the most promising young gymnasts, like Giorgia Villa, Martina Maggio, and the D’Amato twins.
This year, a bunch of foreign gymnasts will take part in the competition as well, with Helena Bonilla, Claudia Colom Martinez, Cintia Rodriguez and Ana Palacios from Spain, and the new German senior Helene Schäfer.
The competition in Turin will start at 3:30 pm local time (9:30 EST). It will be live streamed on the Italian Federation Youtube.
The teams set to compete are listed as follows.
|CENTRO SPORT BOLLATE
|FORZA E VIRTU 1892
Alicia de Pirro
Ana Maria Lache
|OLOS GYM 2000
Alessia di Nicola
Giorgia di Nicola
|WORLD SPORTING ACADEMY
Maria Vittoria Cocciolo
Article by Valeria Violi
Photo thanks to Cristina Boggio