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Volleman Shows 'New Me' Through 2017 Successes
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Dutch gymnast Tisha Volleman told IG that more experience and new incentive contributed to her 11th-place all-around finish at this spring's European Championships in Romania and her all-around victory at the Dutch Championships in Rotterdam earlier this month. Pictured: Volleman at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow.

Dutch gymnast Tisha Volleman told IG that more experience and new incentive contributed to her 11th-place all-around finish at the European Championships in Cluj, Romania, in April, and her all-around victory at the Dutch Championships in Rotterdam earlier this month.


Dutch champion Tisha Volleman

"It has been an amazing year till now and I have done a lot competitions, so think I that helped me with confidence at those competitions," she said.

Volleman said her role as alternate for the Dutch team at last summer's Rio Olympic Games inspired her to make the improvements that helped her perform well in Cluj. She finished seventh all-around at the American Cup on March 4, and seventh all-around at the World Cup of London on April 8. "After the summer I went back to the gym with a lot of motivation, because I was so close to making the Rio team and I wanted to work on a new 'me,'" she said. "My coach and I decided to work on my vault as a specialty and also on my all-around, to get that cleaner. It was really nice that all of that worked out well in Cluj."

Volleman said that, although defending champion Eythora Thorsdottir and other top Dutch gymnasts did not compete at the Dutch Championships which she won this month, she is eager to prove herself at the Dutch trials for this fall's world championships in Montreal.

"It's hard to compare at this moment, because (the other gymnasts) are in a different preparation towards the world championships, so I am just working on my own program, and then we will see what is going to happen at the trials for worlds," Volleman said. "But for now I'm just really excited for trials so that I can compete with all of the girls again."

Volleman said she will focus on vault for worlds, and is optimistic she can continue to perform as successfully as she has in the recent past.

"I'm training really hard on my technique, and hopefully I can improve one of my vaults and get everything really clean before the trials are going to start," she told IG. "I look forward to the future, and hopefully it will bring me even more than I have already achieved."

Read a chat with Eythora Thorsdottir in the June 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine; and "Dutch Master," an in-depth interview with Thorsdottir, in the April 2016 issue. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions of International Gymnast magazine, click here.

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