Tuesday, July 20, 2010


(Pauline Morel.  Photo: Stefan Wurzer. www.gymnasticsunited.com)

It's also about time we had some French gymnastics news.   A group of French girls  participated in a training camp to prepare for the upcoming Worlds from the 12th to 17th of July.  They will then begin a long period of preparation.

Pauline Morel

Rose Eliandre Bellemare
Aurélie Malausséna

Eva Maurin

Aurélie Orivelle

Youna Dufournet

Marine Brevet
Clara Della Vedova

 Marine Petit

Laurie Antoniazzi

Junior gymnast Sophie Serseri will also be joining the girls to prepare for her competition at the Olympic Youth Cup.
The team was coached by Eric and Cecile Demay and Eric and Monique Haggard

It looks likely that Dufournet, Morel and Brevet would make the worlds team.  Youna Dufournet is their strongest gymnast is she can be healthy, ready and not prone to the spectacular stacks we have witnessed over the years.  Marine Brevet is a great flloor performer, making event finals both in Birmingham and in Bercy this year as well as winning the French Elite Championshsips this year and taking the beam title.  Pauline Morel has lots of experience, gorgeous lines and has a strong beam set. 
Aurelie Maulessena was the fourth gymnast used on the Euros team., and was used on vault and bars, possibly to balance Brevet, who competed on neither.  Aurelia placed second at the French elite Championshsips this year, apparently, and won vault.  No wonder Yelena Zamolodchikova is her favorite gymnast!
I wonder if Marine Petit will be utilised?  I belive she won the French Championships last year.  And was in the all-around finals in Beijing.  I am not sure of her injury or difficulty status, however.


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