The 7th annual Austrian Team Cup will take place this weekend, March 5th in Linz, Austria. Training will begin on Friday, March 4th and the event will take place from 09:20 AM GMT+1 on Saturday.
Both MAG & WAG competitors will compete from Austria, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Croatia, Finland, Hungary, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, South Africa, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden.
The line-up is full of established names including both Junior & Senior WAG gymnasts.
Headlining the WAG lineup is Olympian and European Championships gold medalist, Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland, who placed 5th in the AA final at last years World Championships, competing here rather than the American Cup which also takes place this weekend, a competition which she placed third in 2014.She will lead a Swiss team of 5 as they ready themselves to compete at the Rio test event in April with hopes to qualify a full team to the Olympic Games.
Another notable name is 2012 Olympian and 2014 World Championships competitor Marta Pihan-Kulesza of Poland who will lead a Polish team of 5 this weekend and gained notoriety with her pink panther themed Floor Exercise.
Of course Austria has brought a vast number of gymnasts, both MAG and WAG. Most notable of the Austrian women are Elisa Hammerle and Lisa Ecker who won the bronze medal recently at the Baku World Challenge Cup in Azerbaijan and hopes to put on a strong performance at home this weekend.
The Lamarmor club from Italy is also bringing a team of five ranging in age from 14 year old, Vittoria Achino to 18 year old, Aurora Sellone.
Also competing, fresh from their performance last weekend at the Sidijk Tournament are the Topsport team from the Netherlands including many of the Netherlands young hopes for the future including Anyck Drent and Naoimi Visser, whilst some of the Netherlands more established competitors including Eythora Thorsdottir, compete in Canada at L’International Gymnix in Montreal this weekend. South Africa are also bringing many of their young hopes for the future, not eligible for Rio but with their sights firmly set on Tokyo.
More information including starting order etc is available on the website: http://www.oeft.at/events/2016/ato/linz2016.htm
Full list of competitors available here: http://www.oeft.at/events/2016/ato/organisation/Austrian-Team-Open_WAG+MAG_Linz_2016_Participants-List.pdf
Information regarding venue, tickets and transportation available on the website.
Information regarding live coverage has not been made available as of yet.