Germany’s Sarah Voss on World Cup gold: ‘It worked out very well’

Written by John Crumlish for International Gymnast Online

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Olympian Sarah Voss of Germany told International Gymnast Online that her gold medal-winning performance on balance beam at last weekend’s World Cup of Baku was an exercise in determination.

“My qualifications routine had a few major errors in it,” said Voss, a member of Germany’s ninth-place team at last summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. “For example, my gymnastic jump was not completely turned around, which ended up in a 0.10 less D(ifficulty)-score. In addition to that I had two serious wobbles which ended in a deduction in my execution score. In my final routine I wanted to improve on those issues, and it worked out very well.” 

The 22-year-old Voss said her 2022 floor exercise routine is a work in progress, and hence was the only event on which she did not compete in Baku.

“I still want to improve a lot more in my acrobatics and gymnastics, which takes time,” said Voss, who finished fourth in the uneven bars final and 13th in vault qualifications. “In addition to that I had a little issue with my foot which made me unable to train this apparatus properly.” 

Voss, who placed 10th all-around and seventh on balance beam at the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart, said she is still reworking her routines to better exploit the new Code of Points in effect this year. She is optimistic they will be fully upgraded by the European Championships in Munich in August and the World Championships in Liverpool in October.

“My balance beam is pretty much the same,” Voss said. “I changed the mount for a higher D-score but overall this routine is the same as at the Olympics. My bars routine is yet not finished but there will hopefully be a lot more improvements by August. For now my D-score is at 4.8 and I want to improve it by a point to 5.8. On floor, as well as on bars and beam, there will be a bonus for a D-element on the end of the routine, which I am striving to do so. Also I want to improve some of my acrobatics and increase my D-score too.”

With such enhancements to her routines, Voss anticipates potentially high all-around results.

“Overall I hope this will result in a good and internationally competitive all-around program,” she told International Gymnast Online.

International Gymnast Online’s recent coverage of German gymnasts includes:

World silver medal gleams like gold for Germany’s Pauline Schäfer

Germany’s Philipp Herder: ‘I am important for the team on every apparatus’

Germany’s Voss on Tokyo: ‘Getting A Spot On The Team Is Harder Than Ever’

‘There Are Little Things To Improve,’ Says Germany’s Zimmermann

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