First-time World Cup medalist Lucie Trnkova: ‘I try to keep a cool head’

Written by John Crumlish for International Gymnast Online

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Poise and steadiness earned Czech gymnast Lucie Trnkova the first World Cup medal of her career earlier this year, and she told International Gymnast Online that precisely those assets have long kept her at ease on this most perilous apparatus.

“Balance beam has always been my favorite, because I have never been afraid to try new elements,” said Trnkova, who won silver on the apparatus at the World Cup of Cottbus held February 24-27. “I try not to stress before competitions, especially before beam. I just always try to keep a cool head and focus. The most important thing for me is that the routine is elegant and looks nice overall, and the whole routine is flowing.”

Trnkova, who finished fourth on balance beam at the World Cup of Cairo held March 17-20, earned enough points on her favorite apparatus to rank second overall on it at the end of the four-meet 2022 World Cup series.

Her sixth-place finishes on floor exercise at both Cottbus and Cairo were enough to put her in the three-way tie for ninth place overall in the series on that apparatus, as well.

Cottbus was especially memorable for Trnkova, who finished 10th on floor exercise and 24th on balance beam in qualifications at the 2021 Challenge Cup of Osijek, her only previous World Cup or Challenge Cup meet.

2022 Cottbus World Cup balance beam medalists: Lucie Trnkova (CZE), Daniela Batrona (UKR), Anastasiya Smantsar (BLR)

“I really enjoyed the competition in Cottbus,” said Trnkova, who trains under husband-and-wife coaches Stanislav Vyzina and Anita Vzyinova at TJ Sokol Brno. “It was a really nice start of the competition season, and I was truly happy for winning my first World Cup medal.”

Trnkova performed on only balance beam and floor exercise in the 2022 World Cup series, a practical strategy that brought success on her strongest two apparatuses.

“I didn’t compete at the World Cups on vault, because I don’t have a second jump,” said Trnkova, who placed 61st all-around in qualifications at the 2019 Junior World Championships in Gyor. “I don’t have such a difficult routine on bars. So I only focused on the beam and floor, and I think it paid off.”

Born May 19, 2005, in Brno, Trnkova began doing gymnastics based on encouragement from her mother, Martina Štěpánková, a former world champion in artistic cycling.

“My mother did gymnastics as a child, so she registered me for gymnastics to learn basics,” Trnkova said. “I liked gymnastics and I didn’t want to start with artistic cycling, so I remained in gymnastics.”

With the European Championships in Munich and the World Championships in Liverpool coming later this year, Trnkova wants to make positive changes to her routines on her best events.

“I would like to improve my choreography on floor and add some more pirouettes,” she said. “On the balance beam I would like to improve the jumps to be without hesitation.”

Trnkova said her presence at the 2022 World Cup series should continue to yield rewards for her and consequently the Czech squad.

“Contact with the world elite of artistic gymnasts at the World Cups will bring me more experience, bigger motivation to improve my skills and new advice from other competitors or coaches,” Trnkova told International Gymnast Online. “Participation at the World Cups motivates me to enter the next competition with the best gymnasts and moves me forward in my trainings. All my own improvements could help the Czech team to move up in the world rankings.”

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