2016 Cottbus World Challenge Cup Preview 

The 2016 Cottbus World Challenge Cup will take place from Thursday March 31st through Sunday April 3rd 2016 in the Lausitz Arena in Cottbus, Getmany.

Like any other World Challenge Cup event, the roster is stacked full of gymnasts from across the globe. Both MAG and WAG gymnasts will compete for various event titles over the various days of competition.

On the WAG side names to take note of are the two German gymnasts, 2015 World Championships bronze medalist, Pauline Schafer and 2015 European Games silver medalist, Sophie Scheder, who recently triumphed at the Stuttgart World Cup, beating an impressive field of talented gymnasts. These two top German gymnasts hope to help qualify a full team to the Olympics at the test event in April.


Sophie Scheder

Also notable is 6 time Olympian and gymnastics legend, Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan who has competed for Germany in the past, winning an Olympic silver medal and a World silver and bronze medal for Germany during that time. She now competes for her native Uzbekistan, having also competed for the Soviet Union and as part of the Unified Team at the 1992 Olympics and World Championships and has the greatest chance of getting a medal on the VT.


Oksana Chusovitina

2015 World Championships silver medalist, Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands is also one to watch and has the greatest chance of a medal on the BB, where she won her World Championships silver medal behind American, Simone Biles at last years World Championships.

Olympian, Marta Pihan-Kulesza, fresh from the announcement that she will retire this May is also one to watch, known to stand out, she will certainly be a joy to watch.


Marta Pihan-Kulesza

On the rise, Emma Larsson of Sweden is also one to watch and with teammate and 2012 Olympian Jonna Adlerteg out of contention for the Rio Games, after rupturing her meniscus at last weekend’s Doha World Challenge Cup, after impressing with a huge 15.000 on UB, Larsson is the front runner to represent Sweden at the 2016 Olympic Games. Both Larsson and Adlerteg were registered to compete at the Test Event in April, it has not been announced who will replace Adlerteg and although still on the roster for this event, she will not compete.

European Championships silver medalist, Noel van Klaveren of Netherlands and European Games bronze medalist, Lisa Top of the Netherlands should also be watched. Zhu Xioafong of China, an up and coming gymnast, should also be watched on the UB, the only event she is registered on, where she is capable of a beautiful routine.


Lisa Top

More information for the event is available on the official website: http://www.turnier-der-meister.de/home.php

Timetable for the event is available here: http://www.turnier-der-meister.de/tournament/reglement.php

Full WAG roster is as follows:

  1. Ailen Valente (ARG)
  2. Maria Stoffel (ARG)
  3. Jasmin Mader (AUT)
  4. Simona Castro (CHI)
  5. Liu Jinru (CHN)
  6. Lu Yufei (CHN)
  7. Wu Jing (CHN)
  8. Zhu Xiaofang (CHN)
  9. Veronika Cenkova (CZE)
  10. Eva Mickova (CZE)
  11. Victoria Gilberg (DEN)
  12. Linnea Wang (DEN)
  13. Pauline Schafer (GER)
  14. Sophie Scheder (GER)
  15. Antonia Alicke (GER)
  16. Evangelia Plyta (GRE)
  17. Maria Simou (GRE)
  18. Mina Vartholomaiou (GRE)
  19. Ioanna Xoulogi (GRE)
  20. Valerija Grisane (LAT)
  21. Lisa Top (NED)
  22. Noel van Klaveren (NED)
  23. Sanne Wevers (NED)
  24. Lin Finstad (NOR)
  25. Martine Magnussen (NOR)
  26. Isabella Amado (PAN)
  27. Ariana Orrego (PER)
  28. Gabriela Janik (POL)
  29. Klara Kopec (POL)
  30. Marta Pihan-Kulesza (POL)
  31. Paula Mejias (PUR)
  32. Teja Belak (SLO)
  33. Ivana Kamnikar (SLO)
  34. Tjasa Kysselef (SLO)
  35. Adela Sajn (SLO)
  36. Angela Maguire (RSA)
  37. Laura Bechdeju (ESP)
  38. Nora Fernandez (ESP)
  39. Jonna Adlerteg (SWE)
  40. Emma Larsson (SWE)
  41. Angelina Kysla (UKR)
  42. Alisa Zadvorna (UKR)
  43. Dilnoza Abdusalimova (UZB)
  44. Oksana Chusovitina (UZB)

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