The 2016 Arthur Gander Memorial will take place in Chiasso, Italy on November 2 2016.
The Arthur Gander Memorial competition is always an interesting one and always attracts some of the worlds top gymnasts.
The competition format differs slightly from the normal all-around competition. Both MAG and WAG gymnasts compete and for the women, each gymnast must pick their three best pieces of apparatus (or the three pieces that will score the best). All gymnasts compete on two of these three pieces and the top six of these two pieces are qualified to the final. The winner is crowned with the score of the three pieces combined. On the men’s side the rules are the same but 4 pieces are competed.
In the past winners have included Olympic, European and World medalist, Daria Spiridonova of Russia, Olympic and European medalist, Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland and Olympic and European Champion, Sandra Izbasa of Romania.
This year there is just as much of a stacked roster on the women’s and men’s side. On the women’s side headliners include Olympic silver medalist and 2016 Russian AA National Champion, Angelina Melnikova, the famed Eythora Thorsdottir who is known for her beautiful floor routines and helped the Netherlands historically qualify for the team final at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and the beautiful Jessica Lopez, the three time Olympian who competes for Venezuela and had an amazing Olympic Games in Rio, finishing 7th in the AA final in Rio and also qualifying for the UB final, becoming the first Venezuelan gymnast to do so.
More information about the event can be found on the official website: http://www.memorialgander.ch/index.php?node=266&lng=2&rif=1eb2efabb5
The full WAG roster is as follows:
- Angelina Melnikova (RUS)
- Jessica Lopez (VEN)
- Eythora Thorsdottir (NED)
- Victoria Woo (CAN)
- Angelina Kysla (UKR)
- Ilaria Kaeslin (SUI)
- Caterina Barloggio (SUI)
- Thea Brogli (SUI)
- Carina Kroell (GER)