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Volleman: 'It's Amazing To Be So Close'
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After a couple of brushes with greatness in previous major competitions, Tisha Volleman of the Netherlands was poised to break through in Doha.

“I think it’s amazing to be so close in all the competitions, and I’ve done a lot of them,” said Volleman, who was a reserve for the Dutch team at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and first reserve for the vault final at the 2017 Worlds in Montreal. “I hope I can get good scores and help the team as much as I can.”

Volleman, who crashed her vault for a score of zero but ended up as first reserve for the floor exercise final, said the Dutch team’s combination of youth and experience benefits everyone in the program.

“It’s good that new people are in the team so they can have the experience of a big competition,” Volleman said.  “For 2020 (Tokyo Olympic Games) we hope to have a big team so we can choose the best girls at the best moment.”

Volleman finds it amusing that people sometimes mistake her for her better-known twin teammates, Sanne Wevers and Lieke Wevers.

The Wevers twins competed at the Rio Games, where Sanne won gold on balance beam. Sanne placed seventh on balance beam in Doha, which Lieke attended as a spectator.

“I think it’s funny that people think I’m Sanne or Lieke,” Volleman said. “It happens a lot in the Netherlands, but I don’t think we look like each other.”

IG’s John Crumlish was chief editor/reporter for the organizing committee’s News Service at the 2018 World Gymnastics Championships in Doha.

Read complete coverage of the 2018 World Championships in the December 2018 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe to the print and/or digital edition, or to order back issues of International Gymnast magazine, click here.

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