The Jesolo Trophy meet, held in Italy every year has become one of the most popular meets of the year, despite not even being a World Cup event. Why? It’s simple: because the Russians, the US, Italians and the Japanese send both junior and senior teams to compete, making this meet deep, competitive and exciting.
Held in late March, Jesolo is an exciting start to any season, but only more exciting in 2012, because it will be our first opportunity to see how some of these teams are being formed and are performing before the Olympic team selection procedures begin in each individual country.
So, the exciting news for this year’s Jesoloy meet: Japan, Russia and the U.S have all once again confirmed their attendance to the meet this year, as announced recently on the S.G.A website. Even more exciting for US fans is that the US have said that they may even bring two senior team to the meet, indicating that Jesolo may be a very important step in the selection process for the US Olympics team.
To make matters more intriguing, in the announcement there is mention of the potential presence of Mustafina and Ferrari, as would be hoped, but also reference to some other ‘big surprise’ for which we will all have to wait!
So get ready folks, next year there will be no such things as a slow start to the season, not with NCAA and the exciting Olympic Test Event consuming our January. Then it will only be a hop, skip and leap year February into March, where we will see the American Cup and this terrific little Jesolo meet truly kick off the Olympic year.
Competition website: SGA Gymnastics
Information: Giulia Holzer.
Article: Brigid McCarthy
Cover photo: Japan’s Rie Tanaka