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Austria's Hämmerle On Track For More Success
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Austrian gymnast Elisa Hämmerle told IG that winning two medals at the recent Challenger Cup of Anadia bodes well for her success at upcoming competitions including this fall's world championships.

"The two medals I won in Anadia are my first ones at a Challenge Cup," said Hämmerle, who placed second on vault, third (tie) on uneven bars, fourth on floor exercise and sixth on balance beam at the meet held May 29-June 1 in Portugal. "It was always my goal to win a medal at such an event. This shows me and my coach that we are well on track."

Elisa Hämmerle (Austria)

Hämmerle said her performance at last month's European Championships in Sofia also showed her all-around potential. Although no formal all-around contest took place in Sofia, Hämmerle had the 16th-highest all-around score of the gymnasts who performed on all four apparatuses in qualifications.

"I am not an apparatus specialist but an all-arounder," said Hämmerle, who has won 12 all-around and apparatus titles in Austrian junior and senior championships. "I just test myself on each apparatus to get more stability in my routines. I scored 52.199 with one fall on floor. It showed me I am not so far away from 54 points, so I am even more motivated to conquer the coming challenges."

Between now and the Worlds in Nanning in October, Hämmerle said she will work on some new elements as well as try to improve her execution. She intends to compete in two qualifications for Austria's worlds team to be held in Innsbruck, and a dual meet in France, prior to Nanning.

"I am practicing a D-(level) turn on uneven bars and also a D dismount on beam, and a few connections on floor," said Hämmerle, who placed 40th all-around in qualifications at the 2013 Worlds in Antwerp. "I have to increase my D- and of course my E- scores, because I am still too 'sloppy.'"

Born December 10, 1995, in Lustentau, Hämmerle trains at LSZ Dornbirn. Her main coach is Laurens van der Hout, and earlier this year she began working with a second coach, 2000 Czech Olympian Katerina Maresova Rexa. Rexa and her husband, veteran Czech gymnast Daniel Rexa, started working at the club in February.

Hämmerle said her top priority in Nanning will be helping her team finish among the top 24 and thereby advance to the 2015 Worlds in Glasgow. Twelve teams will ultimately qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Austria placed 14th in the team competition in Sofia.

"The focus will be on the team," Hämmerle told IG. "It is our goal to be among the top 24 teams. It is important for me to do a good job in relation to the world championships in 2015, where the Olympic qualification will take place."

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