Edel Fosse, one of the younger members of Norway’s team at last year’s European Championships, has had some ups and downs this season, but almost everything came together for her last weekend in Oslo when the junior all-around title was on the line.
14-year-old Fosse hit every event but beam in the all-around competition at junior nationals, which saw a nail-biter final rotation between Fosse, Mari Kanter, and Julie Madsø, all of whom ended up within four tenths of one another in this tight podium race. Fosse’s beam fall gave the other two girls high hopes for an upset, but in the end, her bars saved her, giving her a two-tenth lead with a 47.9 total. With a difficulty value a point higher than Kanter and two points higher than Madsø, Fosse could afford the mistake on beam in the end.
This meet marked the second win for Fosse this season, after also having taken the title at the Unni & Haralds Trophy in March, and she also placed second behind Kanter by a tenth at the second Norwegian FIG meet earlier in April. It’s been a great comeback for the gymnast, who got off to a rough start with multiple falls at the first FIG meet, and now she’ll lead two upcoming international teams, with the Nordic Championships later this month and then the Flanders International Team Challenge in June.
Kanter has been pretty close to Fosse all season, finishing second to her at Unni & Haralds and coming out on top at the second FIG meet. In Oslo last week, she took home another all-around silver with a total of 47.7, and looked fabulous on all of her events aside from bars, where she counted a fall on top of already low difficulty. Her beam was especially awesome, earning a 13.05 for a superb set, and she had the most difficult vault in the competition with her tsuk layout, performed very well.
Madsø ended up in third with a 47.5 after a pretty perfect day with no major mistakes on any of her events, though her bars are pretty far behind the other two. They were clean, though, as were her performances on vault, beam, and floor, with her 12.65 on beam her strongest on this day.
No one else was able to really come close to this top group, but there were a few nice individual performances and some promising routines. Hedvig Saga and Anne Tingvold tied for fourth with scores of 44.75, Nora Irgens was sixth with a 44.0, Synne Wiig was seventh with a 43.6, and Sara Davidsen, another one of last year’s junior Euros competitors, was eighth with a 43.5.
The meet saw a different winner for each event final, which made for an interesting competition. Fosse pulled out of the bars and beam finals, but won the floor title with a 12.75 for her super clean work, and the national champion also shared in the three-way tie for silver on vault, which also included Irgens and Davidsen, while Kanter won that title with a 12.775 thanks to the added difficulty from her tsuk layout.
Kanter also won the bronze on beam with an 11.5 and the silver on floor with a 12.35, while Madsø was second on beam with an 11.85 and third on floor with a 12.25. Tingvold with the gold on bars with a 10.1; despite her super low 1.5 D score, she had a super clean routine and was able to take a decisive win in a pretty messy final. Åsne Øyulvstad, who placed 12th all-around, won the beam gold with lovely, precise work, earning a 12.2. Other medalists included Sigrid Lello with bars silver and Martine Johnsen with bars bronze.
In addition to Fosse, the Nordic Championships team will include Kanter, Madsø, Tingvold, and Lello, while the Flanders competition will also see the core of Fosse, Kanter, and Madsø, while Tingvold and Saga will round them out. The federation also named the senior team for Flanders, which includes 2017 European Championships competitors Julie Søderstrøm, Martine Skregelid, and Solveig Berg in addition to Thea Nygaard and Sofie Aateigen.
Full results from the junior national championships are available here.
Article by Lauren Hopkins