The World Cup circuit continues this weekend with the Glasgow World Cup taking place in the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland on Saturday March 12th, 2016. It will be the second leg of the World Cup Series with the first leg taking place last weekend with the American Cup in Newark, New Jersey.
After the wonderful World Championships organised in Glasgow that blew everyone away with an amazing production that was worthy of being on Broadway, complete with flame throwers and the largest screen known to man, hopes are high for this weekend that Glasgow will be able to put on a shows that’s just as impressive.
Both MAG and WAG gymnasts will compete for the title.
The WAG roster is jam packed with notable names and in a pleasant turn of events, the US is sending gymnasts to a variety of World Cup events and headlining this weekend in Scotland is US gymnast, 2014 World gold & bronze medalist and 2015 World team alternate, Mykayla Skinner, who can really impress on both floor and vault. Her floor was specifically themed for last years World Championships in Glasgow and she dances to a remix of ‘Scotland the Brave’. So it seems that she will be getting her moneys worth for this floor exercise as she is returning to Glasgow this weekend with hopes to triumph.
Also one to watch is Russian gymnast, Maria Kharenkova. Kharenkova placed 2nd AA at last years European Championships and was a member of the 2014 Russian World Championships team when they took home the bronze and the 2015 World Championships where they placed 4th.
Maria Kharenkova of Russia
2012 Olympian, Asuka Teramoto of Japan is also one to watch. Whilst always in the mix, Teramoto never seems to quite come into medal contention, placing in the top 10 AA at the 2013 & 2014 World Championships and narrowly missing out on a medal in the BB final at the 2014 World Championships, placing 4th. However she is a strong and consistent competitor who should be watch as a medal contender this weekend.
2015 World Championships competitor, Enus Mariani of Italy who had a good performance at last weekends 2nd Italian Serie A, placing 5th AA and 3rd on BB is also one to watch.
2014 Commonwealth Games AA Champion and 2015 World Championships bronze medalist, Claudia Fragapagne of Great Britain should also be watched in her first competition since Team GB captured that historic bronze medal at last years World Championships in Glasgow.
Claudia Fragapagne of Great Britain
Notably, due to injury, Lieke Wevers of the the Netherlands, who was slated to compete has been forced to pull out of this weekends competition. Wevers was a member of the historic Dutch team at last years World Championships that qualified a full Dutch team to the Olympics. Also Lieke, along with her sister Sanne and the rest of the Dutch gymnasts rose to prominence due to their gorgeous floor and beam work, performing beautifully choreographed routine with emotion and passion. Vera Van Pol will step in as alternate.
Also stepping in as alternates are Madison Copiak, stepping in for Canadian teammate, Maegan Chant and Elisabeth Seitz of Germany, stepping in for Xie Yufen of China who was originally slated to compete this weekend.
As you can see by my vast list of ‘ones to watch’ it will be an extremely exciting competition with great gymnastics on display.
Full roster is as follows:
- Maria Kharenkova (RUS)
- Claudia Fragapagne (GBR)
- MyKayla Skinner (USA)
- Elisabeth Seitz (GER)
- Enus Mariani (ITA)
- Asuka Teramoto (JPN)
- Madison Copiak (CAN)
- Vera Van Pol (NED)
Tickets for the event are available here: https://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/events/glasgow-worlds-cup-gymnastics-2011/Pages/Tickets.aspx
More information available here: http://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/events/glasgow-worlds-cup-gymnastics-2011/Pages/default.aspx
You can follow Glasgow World Cup on Twitter: @GlasgowWCG and on Facebook: Glasgow World Cup Gymnastics
BBC will be covering the event. From 13.00PM GMT on the Red Button on Saturday 12th, live coverage will be available and from 16.30PM on Sunday 13th, BBC2 will be showing highlights.