Steingruber on COVID-19: ‘The Most Important Is To Stay Safe’

Written by John Crumlish for International Gymnast Online

Monday, April 20, 2020

2016 Olympic bronze medalist Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland told International Gymnast that she is leveraging COVID-19 mandated home confinement with psychological exercises to keep her ready for her post-pandemic return to competition.

“Mentally it is really hard to stay motivated,” said the 26-year-old Steingruber, a two-time Olympian who finished third on vault at the 2016 Games in Rio. “I think a lot of athletes feel the same. It is really tough. Everything got canceled and your main goals are far away. But I’m in contact with my mental coach which helps me a lot to work towards the next competitions.”

Steingruber, who earned a berth to the postponed Tokyo Olympic Games through her performance at last fall’s World Championships, said she is biding her time.

“I’m staying at my parents’ house and try to stay fit,” said Steingruber, the 2015 European all-around champion, a four-time European Championships apparatus gold medalist and the 2017 World Championships bronze medalist on vault. “I don’t know when we can go back to the gym. But I try to make the best of it and enjoy some time at home.”

COVID-19 has prompted the one-year delay of the Tokyo Games, leaving Steingruber to offer pragmatic guidance to fellow gymnasts who are also eager to stay in shape before they can resume their training.

“My advice to everyone is to keep fit and try to enjoy some different workouts, like jogging or riding a bike,” she told International Gymnast. “Try to do some mental work with your exercises on each event to keep motivated. And the most important is to stay safe.”

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