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Veterans Fabian Hambüchen and Oksana Chusovitina will lead the German teams at the World Championships, Sept. 1-9 in Stuttgart.

Named along with Hambüchen to the German men's team were Thomas Andergassen, Philipp Boy, Robert Juckel, Marcel Nguyen and Eugen Spiridonov. Brian Gladow is the team alternate.

Anja Brinker

At the 2006 World Championships, held in Aarhus, Denmark, Hambüchen won bronze medals in the all-around and on high bar. He placed second all-around and first on high bar at the 2007 European Championships, held in Amsterdam.

Noticeably absent from the team is Matthias Fahrig, bronze medalist on floor exercise at the 2007 Europeans and gold medalist on floor exercise and vault at the 2006 Glasgow Grand Prix. Fahrig was removed from the team "because of disciplinary reasons" following last month's German Championships, a team spokesperson told IG.

The German men will compete in Subdivision 8 on Sept. 4.

Joining the 32-year-old Chusovitina on the German women's team in Stuttgart will be Katja Abel, Anja Brinker, Jenny Brunner, Marie-Sophie Hindermann and Joeline Möbius. Kim Bui is the team alternate.

Chusovitina, a naturalized German citizen and winner of the 2007 German national all-around title, competed at Worlds for the first time in 1991. Representing the Soviet Union there, she tied for the gold medal on floor exercise and tied for the silver medal on vault.

For the Unified (former Soviet Union) team and then her native Uzbekistan, Chusovitina competed at the 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games. She made her German team Worlds debut in 2006, when she won the bronze medal on vault and placed ninth all-around.

A veteran of the 2001 and 2003 Worlds, the 24-year-old Abel broke both bones in both forearms in a 2004 training accident. She placed third all-around at the 2007 German Championships.

Brinker finished 10th all-around and seventh on uneven bars at the 2007 Europeans, and second all-around at the 2007 German Championships.

Hindermann won the all-around bronze medal at the 2006 Junior Europeans, and was fifth all-around at the 2007 German Championships. Brunner was sixth all-around at the 2007 German Championships.

Möbius, who turned 15 on August 26, is the team's youngest member. She won the all-around title and all four events at the 2007 German Youth Champinoships.

The German women will compete in Subdivision 2 on Sept. 1.

Germany is hosting the World Championships for the fourth time. Stuttgart also hosted the 1989 Worlds, and Dortmund was the site of the 1966 Worlds and 1994 Team Worlds.

At the 2006 World Championships, in Aarhus, Denmark, the German women's team placed 16th and the German men's team placed seventh. The top 12 women's and men's teams in Stuttgart will qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

IG will be on hand at the 2007 World Championships in Stuttgart, so look for continuing coverage online and in the October issue.

International Gymnast Magazine Related Features
Hambüchen on cover, 2007 Europeans coverage (June 2007)
Hambüchen center poster (April 2007)
"German Giants" - Hambüchen profile (May 2003)
"Giving It His All" - Fahrig profile (July/August 2007)
"On Good German Terms" - Chusovitina profile (January/February 2007)
2006 World Championships special issue (December 2006)
"Double Break" - Abel profile (July/August 2006)
"Wünderbar!" - Bui profile (August/September 2004)

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