24-year-old Jasmin Mader, who represented Austria at the Olympic test event last year, made her 2017 debut this weekend, coming back to competition after about three months away with a win at the Austrian Team Open in Linz.
Mader showed a strong FTY on vault for the event high score of 13.5 and a clean bars set for a second-best 12.7 to earn a total of 49.850, winning the all-around by a tenth and helping her team, Tirol, place third. She didn’t have the greatest day on beam, and her difficulty was a bit low on floor, but overall her performance was about on par with how she was competing at her peak in 2016, so hopefully she’ll be able to keep that up this season.
2016 Olympian Barbora Mokosova also made her return, having last competed at the Olympic Games seven months earlier. Like Mader, she too came back at a super solid level, though she too was a bit weaker than usual on beam and floor. Her vault was solid, though, and she posted the meet-best bars score of 12.9 for her always impressive routine, helping her to a 49.750 total, which in turn helped her team take the title at this meet.
In third, behind two Olympic-level competitors, was 12-year-old Camille Rasmussen of Denmark with a 48.500. I love this kid. She has an easy vault and her difficulty on bars is super low, but she’s lovely to watch and she actually put up the best scores on beam and floor, with a 12.6 on both. Her difficulty isn’t crazy high on either of these, either, but she’s such a great performer and did a fabulous job with the skills she has.
Rounding out the top eight were Bianca Frysak of Austria in fourth with a 47.950, Lucia Simonidesova of Slovakia in fifth with a 47.325, Marlies Männersdorfer of Austria in sixth with a 47.300, Ema Kuklovska of Slovakia in seventh with a 46.400, and Karolina Takacova of Slovakia in eighth with a 46.075.
Slovakia won the team title with a very young team, all of whom finished within the top eight. The team from Vienna, featuring Frysak, placed second, while Mader’s team from Austria’s Tirol was third. Denmark, featuring a number of its top competitors we can expect at European Championships and Nordic Championships later this year, was fourth, the Vorarlberg team from Austria was fifth, Turkey was sixth, and two Norwegian club teams were seventh and eighth.
Full results are available here.
Article by Lauren Hopkins