Germany's Toba Tumbles Toward Second Olympic Start
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After leading Germany to Olympic qualification at the test event in Rio de Janeiro in April, German gymnast Andreas Toba told IG that he will need even more consistency and power in order to qualify for his second Olympic Games this summer.

“I think my difficulty is so far OK, but I need to work on my stability and do every skill more cleanly,” said the 25-year-old Toba (pictured here at the test event), who finished fifth all-around and first with his team at the test event. “It helps me a lot, of course, to see that the hard work from the past years paid off at the test event. So that's the reason why I have to work harder now to get even stronger, to get on the team for the Olympics.”

A member of Germany’s fourth-place team at the 2012 London Games, Toba placed seventh all-around at the 2013 Europeans Championships in Moscow and 16th all-around at the 2014 World Championships in Nanning. He was second all-around at the 2013, 2014 and 2015 German Championships.

Germany finished ninth at the 2015 Worlds in Glasgow, from which the top eight teams qualified directly to this summer’s Rio Games. The top four teams at the test event earned the remaining four berths to Rio.

Toba is now aiming for a steady individual performance and a successful team result at the European Championships that will take place in Bern from May 25-29.

“In Bern I want to do my routines more cleanly, to see if the way I trained in the last month was a good direction,” he said. “And for sure we want to try to make it into the team final.”

Toba said stamina and refinement will help him earn a spot on the German team for the Rio Games.

“I think I can offer to the team the experiences and the stability that I earned over the years in a lot of competitions,” he said. “So, from now, I need to practice more on my stability. That means more routines and especially working in a more detailed way.”

Toba said he continues to benefit from the advice and guidance provided by his father, three-time Olympian Marius Toba. The elder Toba placed 21st all-around for Romania at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, and made the rings finals for Germany at the 1996 Atlanta Games and 2000 Sydney Games.

“In a lot of situations in my career as a gymnast, in which I hadn't an answer, my father had one!” Toba told IG. “Also, in March, when I had surgery on my knee, I was very sad because I thought I wouldn't make it to the test event. He was there and told me I can do this, if I want it. He's an inspiration for me because he always kept going on, no matter how hard it was. So that is what I also have to do! And he's always watching to see if I do the right things to improve myself.”

International Gymnast magazine's features on German gymnasts include:

"Shooting Star" - Tabea Alt profile (May 2015)

"Tough Lesson" - Janine Berger interview (October 2012)

Kim Bui interview (April 2013)

Maike Enderle profile (September 2014)

"New View from the Top" - Lisa Katharina Hill profile (July/August 2013)

"Leaps and Bounds for Germany" - Nadine Jarosch profile (January/February 2012)

"Silver Streak" - Marcel Nguyen interview (November 2012)

"Quick Chat: Pauline Schäfer" (January/February 2015)

"Calm, Clean Style" - Sophie Scheder profile (December 2013)

"Seizing the Moment" - Elisabeth Seitz interview (July/August 2011)

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