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Schiltigheim Shifts Format for Third Edition
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Organizers of the International Tournament of Schiltigheim have shaken things up with a new team format for the third edition, taking place Saturday in the Alsatian city near the German border.

The previous editions of the Schiltigheim tournament (held in 2010 and 2012) were all-around and apparatus finals only. This year's contest features several returning gymnasts, including fan favorite Anna Pavlova (Russia), who won the all-around, vault, balance beam and floor exercise in 2012.

The team competition will include some concepts similar to the Pro Gym Challenge, held earlier this year in Pennsylvania, as well as the German Bundesliga. In Schiltigheim, 16 gymnasts representing 12 nations will be split into two teams, featuring four male and four female gymnasts each. The international field features mainly veterans, including 12 Olympians.

Belarusian legend Svetlana Boginskaya, who served as a coach for the international team at the Pro Gym Challenge, will be the coach for Team 1 in Schiltigheim. She told IG the format will be different than the Pro Gym Challenge which featured a USA team and a world team, skill-vs-skill matchup, and men and women competing against each other.

"Here it's a bit different," said Boginskaya, whose team includes Pavlova and six-time Olympian Oksana Chusovitina. "We have two teams and gymnasts will be doing full FIG routines getting FIG scores. The scores will not be shown to the public, and we will have flags with Team 1 and Team 2. The gymnast who gets the higher score will have the team's flag raised and will get the point. The girls will do two events and boys will do three, but it will be girl vs. girl and boy vs. boy. It should be fun!"

Two-time Czech Olympian Kristýna Pálešová, who won bars in 2012, told IG she is excited about the new concept.

"I love this idea of the new format," Pálešová said. "It's going to be so much more interesting for the crowd for sure, but even for all of us gymnasts who will compete here. One gymnast goes against another gymnast on the other team, on the same event. It's kind of like the Bundesliga competition for boys. I actually wish there were more competitions like this."

Spaniard Ignacio Losantos, who competed in Schiltigheim in both previous editions, will be the coach for team two, which boasts seven Olympians.

The host nation will be represented by world medalist Cyril Tommasone of Lyon (Team 1) and Johanna Cano of Marseille (Team 2).

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3rd International Tournament of Schiltigheim
Oct. 26, Schiltigheim, France

Team 1
WAG Oksana Chusovitina
WAG Vanessa Ferrari
WAG Kristýna Pálešová
WAG Anna Pavlova
MAG Andrea Cingolani
MAG Eleftherios Petrounias
MAG Paul Ruggeri
MAG Cyril Tommasone
Coach Svetlana Boginskaya
Team 2
WAG Johanna Cano
WAG Vasiliki Millousi
WAG Elisabeth Seitz
WAG Giula Steingruber
MAG Fabian González
MAG Tomás González
MAG Martin Konečný
MAG Fabian Leimlehner
Coach Ignacio Losantos
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