This weekend, the penultimate event in the World Cup series will take place in Stuttgart, Germany from Saturday 19th through Sunday 20th March 2016.
The roster has already undergone some changes, however, this week, Great Britain made another change to the roster and replaced Ellie Downie with Rebecca Tunney.
Tunney, who was the youngest member of the GB team at the 2012 London Olympics has battled with injuries in recent years, however is on the comeback trail and gave an extremely strong performance last weekend at the British Team Championships, where she helped her club place second.
Due to her attendance at the Stuttgart World Cup, Tunney will not compete at the English Championships this weekend, however her selection for this event is a good sign that she is on her way to her old self.
It is unknown as to why Ellie has been replaced, presumably due to injury, therefore it is unlikely she will compete at the English Championships this weekend either.
Additionally both of the German athletes have been replaced. Tabea Alt, who competed recently at the American Cup was originally slated to compete, however will now be replaced by Sophie Scheder due to a knee injury, reported to not be serious. Scheder competed at both the 2013 and 2014 World Championships and also won silver medals on the UB and with the team at the 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Additionally, 2012 Olympian, Elisabeth Seitz, fresh from her second place finish at last weekends Glasgow World Cup will be replaced by 2015 World Championships bronze medalist, Pauline Schaefer. Schaefer, as a result of winning this medal on the BB, currently holds the only Olympic spot for German Women’s Artistic Gymnastics as the team failed to qualify at those Championships. However they hope to do so next month at the Test Event in Rio.
L-R; Sanne Wevers of NED, Simone Biles of USA & Pauline Schaefer of GER.
The updates roster as of Wednesday March 16th is as follows:
- Amelia Hundley (USA)
- Pauline Schaefer (GER)
- Rebecca Tunney (GBR)
- Sophie Scheder (GER)
- Seda Tutkhalian (RUS)
- Elisa Meneghini (ITA)
- Celine Van Gerner (NED)
- Isabela Onyshko (CAN)
More information of the event is available here: https://thecodeofpoints.wordpress.com/2016/03/14/2016-stuttgart-world-cup-preview/