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Top European Juniors Take to Turkey for EYOF
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Romania's Larisa Iordache headlines the European Youth Olympic Festival, which begins Tuesday in Trabzon, Turkey.

The biennial festival has often served as a springboard to success for Europe's rising stars, particularly among the female gymnasts. Past champions include Russia's Yevgenia Kuznetsova (1995), Anna Kovalyova (1999), Yulia Lozhechko (2003) and Viktoria Komova (2009).

Ukraine's Anna Shakhoval won the first gymnastics gold in 1993, and was succeeded by compatriots Olga Roschupkina (1999), Alina Kozich (2001) and Valentina Golenkova (2007).

2005 victor Vanessa Ferrari (Italy) is the only female all-around champion not to hail from Russia or Ukraine.

Iordache, eligible for senior competition in 2012, is looking to extend her winning streak after an undefeated spring. The competition was expected to be a battle between Iordache and Russian star Anastasia Grishina , who topped the Romanian in the all-around at the 2010 Junior Europeans. But Grishina, also a favorite for the 2012 Olympics, is sitting out the competition in Trabzon with a sore hamstring. Russia's Anastasia Sidorova is on the roster, however, despite injuring her hand earlier this year in a bicycle accident.

The Russian women, competing for the first time under new junior head coach Sergei Andrianov, will attempt to defend their title from Tampere 2009. The Italians and British should also challenge for medals.

The Russian men topped Switzerland and Romania to take the title in 2009, and should be difficult to beat again in Trabzon. The British may continue to impress as they did in Tampere, where they won half the apparatus finals (Sam Oldham on pommel horse and parallel bars, and Maximillian Bennet on high bar).

Turkey last played host to a continental competition 29 years ago, organizing the 1982 Junior European Championships in Ankara. Future legends Dmitry Bilozerchev (Soviet Union) and Ecaterina Szabo (Romania) captured the all-around titles.

Competition begins Tuesday with the men's team competition, followed by the women's competition on Wednesday.

External Link: Official Website

2011 European Youth Olympic Festival
July 26-29, Trabzon, Turkey

Women's Roster
Anahit Tadevosyan 1996
Olivia Jochum 1997
Marlies Maennersdorfer 1997
Elena Metzler 1997
Johanna Dejardin 1996
Terri Grandry 1996
Ellen Rabaut 1997
Katsiaryna Fiadutsik 1997
Anastasia Miklashevich 1996
Anastasia Yekimenko 1996
Ema Kajic 1996
Natalie Chalupova 1997
Tereza Ochynska 1997
Tereza Schusterova 1996
Sarah Sanaya El Dabagh 1996
Signe Joergensen 1997
Fanni Toth 1997
Julia Darlington 1996
Miina Kokkonen 1996
Maija Leinonen 1996
Manon Cormoreche 1996
Anne Kuhm 1996
Doriane Thobie 1996
Gabrielle Jupp 1997
Abigail Caig 1997
Angel Romaeo 1997
Cagla Akyol 1997
Janine Berger 1996
Sophie Scheder 1997
Myropi Christofilaki 1996
Evangelia Plyta 1997
Maria Simou 1997
Dalia Al-Salty 1996
Dorina Jelencsics 1996
Noemi Makra 1997
India McPeak 1996
Sarah Strawbridge 1997
Freyja Josepsdottir 1997
Thorey Kristinsdottir 1996
Hildur Olafsdottir 1996
Francesca Deagostini 1996
Erika Fasana 1996
Elisa Meneghini 1997
Anastasija Vinnicka 1997
Valerija Grisane 1996
Elise Bats 1996
Lisa Top 1996
Chantysha Netteb 1997
Nora Munkvold 1996
Karolina Czyz 1996
Martyna Eland 1996
Kinga Najmark 1996
Filipa Martins 1996
Maria Balea 1996
Georgiana Gheorghe 1996
Larisa Iordache 1996
Anna Rodionova 1996
Yevgenia Shelgunova 1997
Anastasia Sidorova 1996
Aleksandra Rajcic 1996
Caterina Barloggio 1996
Sara Metzger 1996
Laura Schulte 1997
Barbora Mokosova 1997
Nicole Vanstroem 1996
Ida Rothe 1996
Julia Rumbutis 1997
Zeynep Mamikoglu 1996
Nida Kas 1996
Fatma Temizel 1996
Daryna Lyubytska 1996
Iryna Romanchuk 1996
Khrystyna Sankova 1996
Men's Roster
Karen Kocharyan 1995
Aram Movsisyan 1995
Armen Petrosyan 1994
Severin Kranzlmueller 1994
Elvin Aghadadayev 1994
Ruslan Balakishiyev 1995
Maxime Gentges 1995
Joachim Joris 1995
Bram Louwije 1994
Vladislav Karpuk 1994
Alexei Kushneryk 1994
Vasily Mikhalitsyn 1994
Yordan Aleksandrov 1995
Dragomir Peyev 1994
Veliko Tushev 1995
Andrej Korosteljev 1995
Leonardo Kusan 1994
Renato Prpic 1995
Michalis Krasias 1994
Stefanos Loucaides 1994
Christos Soleas 1994
David Kardos 1994
Daniel Radovesnicky 1994
Radek Smekal 1994
Lukas Ridder 1994
Marcus Frandsen 1994
Mathias Johansen 1994
Roberto Alvarez 1994
Julian Perez 1994
Borja Torregrosa 1994
Aaro Lamberg 1994
Olli Kanerva 1994
Heikki Saarenketo 1994
Matthieu Clarivet 1995
Benjamin Dekeyne 1994
Stephen Micholet 1994
Frank Baines 1995
Courtney Tulloch 1995
Anthony Wise 1995
Tim Leibiger 1994
Alexander Maier 1994
Lukas Schlotterer 1994
Dimitrios Kiosis 1995
Vasileios Tantalidis 1995
Georgios Tserkezov 1995
Laszlo Makra 1994
Bank Selmeczi 1994
Levente Vagner 1994
Adam Dalton 1995
Gardar Egill Gudmundsson 1994
Hrobjartur Palmar Hilmarsson 1994
Sigurdur Andres Sigurdarson 1994
Tom Arnon 1994
Filippo Landini 1995
Michele Aldo Sanvito 1994
Lorenzo Sestini 1994
Germans Buculis 1995
Aleksejs Pajada 1994
Rainers Sledevski 1995
Viaceslav Chanin 1994
Robert Tvorogal 1994
Dino Bosnak 1994
Karl Kosztka 1994
Casimir Schmidt 1995
Bryan Van Tienderen 1995
Pietro Giachino 1995
Odin Martin Dessard Kalvo 1995
Oliver Udbye 1995
Bartlomiej Admaczyk 1995
Jacek Pozowski 1994
Patryk Rabstajn 1995
Alexandru Avram 1995
Andrei Groza 1994
Raul Paraschivu 1995
Grigory Zyrianov 1995
Sergei Stepanov 1994
Andrei Lagutov 1995
Matic Pecan 1994
Ziga Potocnik 1994
Luka Kisek 1995
Bojan Dejanovic 1994
Gavrilo Ilic 1995
Bozidar Marovic 1994
Christian Baumann 1995
Marco Walter 1994
Eddy Yusof 1994
Ivan Vargovsky 1994
Christopher Soos 1994
Carl Green 1995
Karl Oskar Kirmes 1995
Abdulkadir Bas 1995
Ibrahim Colak 1995
Baris Pek 1995
Ruslan Kulakhizov 1994
Volodymyr Grybuk 1994
Ilya Yegorov 1995
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Patrícia Tiemi said:

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Kristina Sidorova will compete
Anastasia is injuried... ;/
 
July 26, 2011
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