Bretschneider Plans to Breeze Into Worlds Debut
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Preparing for his world championships debut at the end of the month, German gymnast Andreas Bretschneider told IG he is heading steadily and without anxiety into the competition.

"I try not to view the world championships as a special competition, but mentally prepare as I do for every other event," said Bretschneider, who is slated to compete at the worlds that will begin September 30 in Antwerp. "It makes no sense to over-think things."

Germany's Andreas Bretschneider

A finalist in several World Cup and FIG Challenge Cup meets, Bretschneider said he aims for respectable performances on his best events in Antwerp.

"It's a good feeling to be nominated, and I am really looking forward to the competition," he said. "My personal expectations are not focused on a spot in the finals. I foremost expect to show a good routine on both the parallel bars and horizontal bar."  

Born Aug. 4, 1989, in Chemnitz, Bretschneider finished ninth all-around at the 2011 German Championships and ninth all-around at the second German Olympic team qualification meet in 2012. He finished third on high bar at the 2012 FIG Challenge Cup of Osijek, and first on high bar at the 2013 FIG Challenge Cup of Cottbus.

Bretschneider said he would like to remain an all-arounder as he strengthens his candidacy for a spot on Germany's team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

"My strong events are parallel bars and horizontal bar, no doubt," he said. "For the future I will need to be strong in other areas as well, especially vault and rings, in order to be helpful for the team. Therefore I am training hard on all events."

Bretschneider said he is gaining pre-worlds confidence from 2004 Olympian Sven Kwiatkowski, his coach at KTV Chemnitz.

"From 1999 until 2004 Sven competed in nearly every big international competition," Bretschneider said. "From our training he knows my abilities really, really well, and he mostly just reminds me to not try and do too much, and to just perform the way I have trained for."

This year's worlds will not include a team competition, but Bretschneider is already looking ahead to the 2014 Worlds in Nanning, where teams will make their first steps toward Olympic qualification.

"I will try to improve my all-around skills by training evenly on all apparatuses, while still improving my strong suits, the bars events," he told IG. "Furthermore, I am working really hard on keeping my nerves in check better, to improve my overall stability."

International Gymnast Magazine's feature coverage of German male gymnasts includes:
Philipp Boy interview (May 2011)
"Giving It His All" – Matthias Fahrig profile (July/August 2007)
Fabian Hambüchen cover photo, American Cup report (April 2009)
"All-Around Great Guy" - Hambüchen cover photo and profile (November 2007)
Hambüchen cover photo, European Championships report (June 2007)
Hambüchen center poster (April 2007)
"German Giants" - Hambüchen/Waldemar Eichorn profile (May 2003)
"Silver Streak" - Marcel Nguyen interview (November 2012)
"Fast Mender" - Nguyen profile (June 2011)
"Clutch Horse Rider" - Sebastian Krimmer profile (January 2011)
"Moving Forward" - Ronny Ziemser interview (January 2005)
2007 Hall of Fame induction report, featuring Eberhard Gienger (June 2007)

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