13. May 2014  
ECh 2014

PREVIEW: 35th Women's Europeans of Artistic Gymnastics

Since 1957 (Bucharest), two years later then men, are performed Women's European Championships of artistic gymnastics. The first Europeans came from the Soviet Union (Larissa Latynina, 1957, '61), from Poland (Natalia Kot, 1959) and Yugoslavia (Mirjana Bilic, 1963).
Already 1965 Bulgaria's capital Sofia hosted the V. Europeans of artistic gymnastics, experienced the all-around victory of incomparable Vera Caslavska (CSR) and behind Larissa Latynina (URS) won Birgit Radochla (GDR) after Ingrid Föst (1961, Leipzig) already a second bronze medal for a German gymnast.
The times of the excellence Bulgarians are, however, quite a few years back: Your best was in Moscow (1987) Diana Dudeva, won jointly with Elena Shushunova (URS) the all-around bronze medal and behind Silivash Daniela (ROU) European Vice-Champion title on the uneven bars ...

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So the current top generation of the young new Olympic cycle is in an effort to seek new frontiers of individual performance skills, even at these European Championships in Sofia, two years before Rio de Janeiro, may be in harmony with the best apparatus properties that provide the specialist for currently playing. Here, in particular the criteria of security of the utmost importance and therefore also exist for the representatives of the weaker nations also best conditions for constant fight to further technical development of modern, breathtaking gymnastics!

As last two years at the ECh in Brussels for the elite gymnasts also this time are only the team competition and on the final day the apparatus finals on the program - the all around competition will be held only in the junior category.
The former success quartet from 2012, Romania ahead of Russia and Italy on the podium and the United Kingdom on fourth place, likely again this year have the greatest chance of success, even though the British women are flirting with her ​​two Olympic gymnasts Rebecca Tunney and Hannah Whealan time significantly with a medal rank.