The 2016 Cottbus World Cup will take place in the Lausitz Arena in Cottbus, Germany from November 17th-20th 2016.

The event will be an individual apparatus cup, the same as the Challenge Cup held in Cottbus earlier this year, in March.

Whilst it is an individual event cup, it was given the status of a World Cup in August, following the Olympic Games. This is in addition to the other World Cup held in Germany, the Stuttgart World Cup which was held earlier this year and is an All-Around competition and part of the World Cup series.

The roster is slightly less stacked than the event in March, given that many who attended in March were using the event as a useful practice meet in the lead up of the Olympic Games in August.

Now with the Olympic Games behind them, many gymnasts are using the remainder of 2016 to rest and recuperate.

However, some gymnasts are still hitting the competition floor and using the remainder of the 2016 season as useful practice ahead of a busy 2017 season. The choices that the gymnasts on the nominative roster are making with regards to which events they will compete is interesting. In the lead up to the Olympic Games we saw a lot of gymnasts competing maybe not their strongest events in these individual event challenge cup meets in order to gain experience. With this meet, given we are post-Olympics, most gymnasts are simply competing their best events, obviously hoping to medal and win prize money.

One to watch on the roster is first year senior, Zsofia Kovacs of Hungary. Kovacs made a splash in her first year as a senior gymnast, beating 2015 European AA Champion, Giulia Steingruber in the AA at the Austrian Team Cup earlier this year with a huge VT score of 15.400 for her DTY. She then went on to take 3rd place AA in the qualification round at the 2016 European Championships. Whilst there was no medals awarded for the AA at these European Championships and there was no AA final, the fact that Zsofia was in 3rd place AA after qualifications in Bern, Switzerland was huge.

Zsofia rounded out a great 2016 by being selected as the Hungarian representative for WAG at the 2016 Olympic Games. She will compete on every event this weekend and has a great chance to medal on everything, depending on her performance in Cottbus.

Another one to watch is Emily Little of Australia who has been working an Amanar in practice and will more than likely medal on VT, even without the Amanar which looks great in practice. She is also coming off a win on the BB at the 2016 Szombathely World Challenge Cup in October. She will compete on VT, BB and FX, according to the nominative roster which is subject to change.

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Emily Little of Australia

The Germans are also bringing a strong team. Two gymnasts who competed at the 2016 Olympic Test Event but just missed out on earning Olympic Team spots, Pauline Tratz and Leah Griesser also have a great hope at medaling on some events.

Pauline Tratz, who has recently just signed to attend UCLA in the Fall of 2017 is competing only on her strongest event which is VT and Leah Griesser who earned a bronze medal on FX at the 2016 Olympic Test Event is strongest on FX and BB and is registered to compete on both of these events, along with UB.

The Slovenians are bringing four of their veteran gymnasts, Teja Belak, Tjasa Kysselef, Adela Sajn and Ivana Kamnikar. Belak and Kysselef are strongest on VT whilst Kamnikar is strongest on UB and Sajn is strongest on BB. Belak will compete on every event, whilst Kysselef will compete on VT and FX. Kamnikar is only competing on her best event, UB and Sajn the same with the BB.

Information regarding tickets can be found here: http://www.turnier-der-meister.de/tickets/home.php

Information regarding hotels in the area can be found here: http://www.turnier-der-meister.de/tickets/hotel.php

Schedule is as follows:

Thursday 17 November 2016

16.30 – approx. 20.00: Qualification

Friday 18 November 2016

16.30 – approx. 20.00: Qualification

Saturday, November 19, 2016

14:00 to 17:00: Final I

Women: VT & UB

Sunday 20 November 2016

14:00 to 17:00: Finale II

Women: BB & FX

The roster is as follows:

  1. Emily Little (AUS) (VT, BB, FX)
  2. Leah Griesser (GER) (UB, BB, FX)
  3. Pauline Tratz (GER) (VT)
  4. Kim Janas (GER) (UB)
  5. Carina Kroell (GER) (BB, FX)
  6. Zsofia Kovacs (HUN) (VT, UB, BB, FX)
  7. Dorina Boeczoego (HUN) (VT, BB, FX)
  8. Sigridur Bergthorsdottir (ISL) (VT, BB)
  9. Irina Sazonova (ISL) (VT, UB)
  10. Agnes Suto (ISL) (UB)
  11. Tinna Odinsdottir (ISL) (BB, FX)
  12. Valerija Grisane (LAT) (VT, BB, FX)
  13. Teja Belak (SLO) (VT, UB, BB, FX)
  14. Tjasa Kysselef (SLO) (VT, FX)
  15. Ivana Kamnikar (SLO) (UB)
  16. Adela Sajn (SLO) (BB)
  17. Angelina Kysla (UKR) (UB, BB, FX)
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