Welcome back to Junior Introductions! Today, we’re introducing you to Angela Andreoli, a 14-year-old who has made a statement as one of Italy’s fastest-rising juniors since she made her elite debut at 11.
Back in 2017, Angela traveled to Combs-La-Ville, France to compete at Tournoi International, a large competition where about a hundred junior and espoir-level gymnasts from around the world compete in all-around, team, and apparatus finals. The youngest of the six gymnasts on the Italian team at just 11, Angela was completely new to the elite scene, so it was a shock to see her take the espoir title with a 49.067. She also helped lead the Italian espoirs to the team victory, and then went on to win three more titles on bars, beam, and floor, walking away from her debut with five gold medals.
Angela trains at Brixia Brescia, home of Vanessa Ferrari, Giorgia Villa, Elisa Iorio, Asia D’Amato, Alice D’Amato, Martina Maggio, and Francesca Linari. She joined the team at Italy’s Serie A league beginning in 2018, and while her superstar teammates get the majority of the competitive opportunities at these team-centered meets, she’s often known for contributing solid routines wherever she’s needed, and at the second Serie A meet in 2019, she put up the top beam score at the entire competition.
Team Brixia Brescia, with Angela front and center
She also nearly swept the Italian Gold Championships in 2019, winning the all-around with a 51.475 while also taking the titles on every event but floor. Angela competed internationally twice last year as well, including in the junior field at Jesolo, where she had a couple of falls but still managed to place 16th with a 50.034, and then at the Sainté Gym Cup in France, where she was the bronze all-around medalist with a 51.200 in a field that included many of Europe’s top junior gymnasts.
Angela is skilled beyond her years on beam. She has two triple flight series – two back handsprings to a layout, which she’s hoping to upgrade to a layout full eventually, and then a back handspring to two layout stepouts – as well as strong dance connections, like a switch leap to straight jump full and a front aerial to split jump. On top of that, she dismounts with a double pike, and over the summer, she began working on a full-in dismount, which she has handled masterfully in training.
Her floor routine is also notable, not only thanks to her slightly above-average level of tumbling – she has four passes, including a piked full-in, double pike, front layout to front full to stag, and a double tuck, and she’s been working on double layouts in the gym – but also because she has ambitious leaps and turns, like a switch leap to tour jeté half and switch full, as well as a double wolf turn and a Memmel to pirouette. I’d also consider her highly skilled in how she presents herself with her choreography and how she expresses herself, making her routine super enjoyable to watch.
Her bars have tons of connections, including an opening stalder full to stalder to stalder half to toe-on to toe shoot, and she also has some inbar work into her piked Jaeger, and she dismounts with a double pike, a promising skill level with plenty of room for upgrades (right now, a Ricna is in the works).
Finally, on vault, she has a Yurchenko full. Vault is probably where she’s weakest, but she’s so tiny right now, it’s probably best to wait before she starts throwing doubles.
Italy is in a really good place right now with the incredibly talented group of young Brixia seniors who won bronze at world championships last year likely to stick around well into the 2024 quad. However, beam and floor has consistently been a weakness for this group, and these events are where Angela really shines. By the time she becomes a senior in 2022, she should seamlessly fit into this group in a way that could be beneficial to them at team events.
Consistency has been an issue for Angela as she’s upgraded her routines, but I think we also have to keep in mind that Angela was only 13 the last time we saw her compete. Consistency with above-average difficulty for this age is often difficult, and is an area where she’ll undoubtedly improve with more time and experience. Once she gets that under control, she’ll be absolutely unstoppable.
What to Watch
Though it’s older, I think Angela’s elite debut at Tournoi International is my absolute favorite competition of hers, and even though her difficulty isn’t quite what it is now, you still get an incredible sense of her style and talent as a gymnast. The video includes a partial look at her bars, her double pike off beam (yes, she had a double pike beam dismount at age 11), and her entire floor routine. Enjoy!
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Miss any of our previous editions of Junior Introductions? Go back and read our most recent profiles featuring Tatiana Levchuk (Belarus), Ruby Stacey (Great Britain), Maily Planckeel (France), Paula Vega Tarrago (Germany), Maria Ceplinschi (Romania), Lyu Junliang (China), Charlize Mörz (Austria), and Jennifer Williams (Sweden).
Article by Lauren Hopkins