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Kirmes Geared Up for Europeans
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After winning his first Challenger Cup earlier this month, Finland’s Oskar Kirmes told IG he aims for solid results at the European championships that begin Wednesday in Montpellier, France.

“My focus for the Europeans is the all-around,” said Kirmes, who placed second on floor exercise at the Challenger Cup of Ljubljana held April 3-5. “Of course I want to do a good floor routine, but, I don’t think my D(ifficulty)-score is high enough for making the floor final at this championship. I hope I can make a good competition with no serious mistakes, and then I will see how far it gets me.”

Kirmes, who set a personal best of 15.05 in qualifications in Ljubljana, said his strategy for his medal-winning performance in Ljubljana was to maximize his Execution scores.

“I knew that I had one of the lowest D-scores in the final so I just had to do a clean nice routine if I wanted to win a medal,” he said. “So the key was just to do as clean routine as possible and trying to stick all the landings, not taking any risk with a higher D-score.”

Kirmes said he plans to emphasize execution as he gradually increases his difficulty level.

“I am always thinking about the E-score, and trying to perform the cleanest routine as possible,” he told IG. “When I can perform this routine nicely, I can start to build a more difficult routine but still keep a high E-score. I think it’s better to do a nice, clean routine with a high E-score and from there start to work on a better D-score. Like (Japanese superstar Kohei) Uchimura, for example. He doesn’t always have the highest D-score, but a very high E-score.”

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