Yearly the European Championships offers a extremely anticipated matchup that includes Europe’s high gymnasts within the early portion of the season. In 2023 the European Championships had been no completely different. Jessica Gadirova grew to become the newest breakout star to win the extremely coveted All-Round whereas capping off a 3-year win streak on ground. Then got here the arrival of the subsequent technology because the high-school aged Manila Esposito and Sabrina Voinea received the primary medals of their younger careers.
Becky Downie (age 31), Sanne Wevers (age 31) and Elisabeth Seitz (age 29) created success on the alternative finish of the age spectrum. As soon as once more proving that the seat of energy in ladies’s gymnastics is each bit as a lot managed by grownup ladies as it’s by teenaged ladies. The success of Downie was particularly fulfilling because it appeared to revitalize the profession of a well-liked fan favourite who had been stricken by misfortune lately.
Italy and Nice Britain continued their rivalry that has been particularly compelling lately. However this time it was the British who got here out on high, profitable three gold medals to Italy’s one. Jessica Gadirova delivered a trio of gold medals, however her persona is so positively expressive that her recognition with gymnastics followers all the time appears to develop tenfold every time she wins. To not be outdone, Italy invoked the contributions of Asia D’Amato and Alice D’Amato who’re simply as able to upsetting optimistic feelings from gymnastics followers as a consequence of their standing as twins. In the beginning of the person occasions the primary three podiums featured an alternating set of 1 the D’Amato twins.
However whereas Italy and Nice Britain appeared to steal the present, Zsofia Kovacs of Hungary had quietly received two medals as effectively. It was a trilling story line from the nation that’s the “oldest energy” in ladies’s gymnastics. Hungary was among the many 5 authentic packages to mark the Olympic debut of ladies’s gymnastics in 1928. Then Hungary had given us legends like Agnes Keleti within the Fifties and Henrietta Onodi within the Nineteen Nineties. Now it appeared that Zsofia of the 2020s was set to show that the good days of this historic program had not but ended.
When all was mentioned and carried out, the next 12 gymnasts had received medals within the particular person occasions on the 2023 European Championships:
These had been the tales from a contest that provoked thrilling storylines and gymnastics followers walked away feeling absolutely glad with the result. However within the months because the gymnasts who received medals at this competitors appeared to be stricken by misfortune and the 2023 European Championships normally now seems like a cursed competitors.
Simply two weeks after the conclusion of the European Championships Asia D’Amato suffered an ACL and meniscus tear on the Cairo World Cup on the finish of April. That appeared to be the top of issues till Elisabeth Seitz introduced she had ruptured her Achilles tendon on September fifth. Then Lisa Vaelen introduced she must withdraw from World Championships consideration as a consequence of an sickness on September ninth. And eventually, Zsofia Kovacs introduced she had torn her ACL on September twenty third.
These 4 occasions meant that of the 12 gymnasts who received particular person medals on the 2023 European Championships, 33% of them had been knocked out of the World Championships as a consequence of damage or sickness. Nor will Becky Downie be current after not making the British World Championships crew this yr. Bringing the speed to 42% of medal winners within the particular person occasions on the 2023 European Championships will finally not be current on the 2023 World Championships.
The European delegation will hit a 50% withdrawal charge if any of the seven remaining gymnasts are compelled to announce one more damage or sickness in our final week earlier than the 2023 World Championships are slated to start out. Such a prospect now not seems like a far fetched hypothetical given what number of “September surprises” Europe has lately skilled.