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Studer Ready To Play 'Positive' Role On Swiss Team
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Swiss gymnast Fabienne Studer told IG that, although she enjoyed and was pleased with her performance at the European Championships in Cluj-Napoca in April, she wants to make quick improvements for better results in the future.

Fabienne Studer (Switzerland)

"The goal was to have a perfect competition without big mistakes," said Studer, who placed 28th in all-around qualifications in Cluj. "It was very fun and I really enjoyed my first one at the senior level. Obviously, I did not make the all-around final, which was a small personal target and an even smaller hope. The difficulty needs to be increased during the next month to get closer to the top."

Studer said the competition in Cluj was a marked change from the 2016 Europeans that her country hosted in Bern, where she was a member of the sixth-place Swiss team.

"The biggest challenge was to compete with all the 'big names,' formerly only seen on TV," she said. "A lot of them were and are still my role models."

Studer, who will turn 16 on June 26, resides in Thun and represents Gym Berner Oberland. Her coaches are Fabien Martin (head coach, mainly responsible for uneven bars), Natalia Mikhailova (assistant coach, mainly responsible for balance beam), Jérôme Martin (Fabien's brother, assistant coach, mainly responsible for vault and floor exercise) and Desislava (Dessi) Bürgi (choreography).

Aiming for the World Championships in Montreal in October, Studer and her coaches are preparing for a few possible competitions between now and the fall.

This month Studer is slated for the Flanders International Team Challenge in Ghent, Belgium, on June 10-11; and "Le Duel," a "very new format for Switzerland" in Lugano.

"The plan until Montreal sees four competitions," Studer said. "However, it is not finalized yet and things may change.

Potential September competitions for Studer include the Swiss Championships, the Swiss Team Championships and the Challenge Cup/French International in Paris.

In Cluj, Studer's all-around total 50.432 points ranked her third among Swiss gymnasts. Teammates Ilaria Käslin (51.199) and Lynn Genhart (50.632) advanced to the 24-gymnast all-around final. Studer said she too has the potential to move ahead in future competitions.

"We have to work on the difficulty level primarily," she said. "Adding new elements and combinations is what I am focusing on."

As Studer merges with the Swiss team's veterans including two-time Olympian Giulia Steingruber, Käslin and others, she said she has unique qualities to contribute.

"Positive thinking and a lot of positive energy are what I can bring to the team," she told IG. "I am a team player with ambition and the will to fight for the team and myself."

International Gymnast magazine's recent coverage of Swiss gymnasts includes:
"Finding Herself" - Genhart profile (November 2016)
Steingruber cover photo (May 2015)
"Brägger Breaks Through" - Pablo Brägger profile (January/February 2014)
Interview with former Swiss team head coach Zoltan Jordanov (January/February 2014)
"A New Swiss Standout" - Käslin profile (December 2013)
"Full Force" - Steingruber interview (June 2013)

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