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Swiss Star Steingruber Steadies For Olympic Debut
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After winning vault at last month's FIG Challenger Cup in Doha, Swiss gymnast Giulia Steingruber told IG she is building momentum toward next month's European championships in Brussels and this summer's Olympic Games in London.


Giulia Steingruber (Switzerland)

"It was a great feeling and gave me a lot of motivation," said Steingruber of her performance in Doha, where she also placed fifth on balance beam and seventh on uneven bars.

Steingruber is scheduled to compete Friday in Lindenhof, when the Swiss women will host a tri-meet with Great Britain and Russia. She said she is building momentum toward the upcoming women's European championships, May 9-13 in Brussels.

"After that I will stabilize my routines, and maybe I will learn one or two elements more," she said.

Steingruber, who turned 18 on March 24, has replaced Swiss superstar Ariella Käslin as her country's leading female gymnast. She finished sixth on vault and ninth all-around at last spring's European championships in Berlin, and fifth on vault and 16th all-around at last fall's world championships in Tokyo.

"(The Swiss public) supports me very well in this area," says Steingruber of expectations for her to reach the status of Käslin, the three-time Swiss Sportswoman of the Year who retired in 2011. "I will do it my own way. Ariella had her successes. I have to do it myself."

Known for her vaulting strength, Steingruber said she wants to produce strong all-around results. At the second Olympic qualifying event, held in January in London, Steingruber finished first all-around among individuals competing without a full team.

"I always train the same amount on all apparatuses," she told IG. "On vault maybe a bit more, but the focus is certainly on all four apparatuses."

Read "A New Hit for the Swiss," a profile on Steingruber when she was a junior gymnast, in the December 2009 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To order back issues, click here.

External Link: Giulia Steingruber's Official Website

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