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Berger Has Finals in Focus For Europeans
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2012 Olympic vault finalist Janine Berger of Germany told IG that she is aiming for team and apparatus finals at the upcoming European Championships.

Berger with her gold medal on vault from the 2014 Tournament of Masters in Cottbus
2012 Olympic vault finalist Janine Berger of Germany told IG that she is aiming for team and apparatus finals at the European Championships, which begin Monday in Sofia.

"The goal for our team is to show an excellent competition," said Berger, who finished fourth on vault at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. "If our routines function the way they should, we will hopefully qualify for the team final. Individually I am looking for two good and secure vaults. If all goes well, that could be good enough for the final."

Berger, who missed last year's Europeans in Moscow because of a knee injury, said she is particularly optimistic about her chances on her best apparatus. Earlier this year, she won vault at the Tournament of Masters, a World Challenge Cup held in Cottbus.

"I am indeed focusing a bit more on my vault, especially on having a clean technique and a secure landing," she said. "Nevertheless I am training on other apparatuses as well."

No team competition took place at last year's Europeans, but Berger said Germany should at least match its eighth-place finish in the team final at the 2012 Europeans in Brussels.

"I believe our chances for reaching the team final are really good, because we have a great team," she told IG. "We support each other, complement one another on the different apparatuses, and have a positive and team-oriented mindset. We will give our best and then see where that takes us."

International Gymnast magazine's recent features on German women's gymnastics include:

"Tough Lesson" - Janine Berger interview (October 2012)
Kim Bui interview (April 2013)
"New View from the Top" - Lisa Katharina Hill profile (July/August 2013)
"Leaps and Bounds for Germany" - Nadine Jarosch profile (January/February 2012)
Steffi Kräker interview/Hall of Fame induction feature (June 2011)
"Calm, Clean Style" - Sophie Scheder profile (December 2013)
"Seizing the Moment" - Elisabeth Seitz interview (July/August 2011)

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