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Robertsdottir Keeps Cool to Win Icelandic Title
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A reserve for the vault final at last year's European championships in Moscow, Norma Dögg Robertsdottir told IG that determination helped her overcome two falls from balance beam to win the all-around title at last weekend's Icelandic gymnastics championships. Pictured: Robertsdottir and clubmates Thelma Rut Hermannsdottir (left) and Tinna Odinsdottir (right)

A reserve for the vault final at last year's European championships in Moscow, Norma Dögg Robertsdottir told IG that determination helped her overcome two falls from balance beam to win the all-around title at last weekend's Icelandic gymnastics championships.

"In the morning before we competed, I knew that anyone could win, so I went to the competition very concentrated," she said. "I think that helped me when I fell on beam and helped me finish my floor routine, which was my last apparatus. I think that the key to success is to concentrate on what is in front of you and not let what has already happened get in the way of having a good competition."

In the apparatus finals, Robertsdottir became the first Icelandic female gymnast to compete a 1-1/2 twisting Yurchenko vault, which she paired with a handspring front-half to win gold on the event.


Norma Dögg Robertsdottir (Iceland)

Born April 16, 1996, in Gardabaer, Robertsdottir began training at age 5. She won the 2010 Icelandic junior all-around title, and finished 11th on vault in qualifications at last spring's European championships in Moscow. Robertsdottir trains at Gerpla Gymnastics Club in suburban Reykjavik. She is coached by Gudmundur Thor Brynjolfsson, with assistance from balance beam and floor exercise choreographer Svava Björg Örlygsdottir.

Robertsdottir said she hopes to continue her success at international competitions in 2014, including this month's Nordic championships in Halmstad, Sweden, next month's Europeans in Sofia and this fall's world championships in Nanning.

"My hopes for the Nordic championships are more than for the European championships," she said. "At Nordics, Iceland has much more possibility to win medals, but at the European championships my goal is to reach a higher level and get closer to the vault final. As for the world championships, it's good to see where you stand when you are competing with the best gymnasts in the world."

Robertsdottir said winning the Icelandic all-around title has boosted her motivation for international competitions.

"The victory at the Icelandic Championships has affected me in many ways," she told IG. "I'm readier to take on the bigger assignments like Nordics, Euros and Worlds. I also want to push myself harder than before and I want to achieve greater success."

Following Robertsdottir in the all-around standings were silver medalist Agnes Suto and bronze medalist Thelma Rut Hermannsdottir.

Suto is coached by her mother, former Hungarian world team member Katalin Ujszigeti, and Laos Kiss. She also placed first on uneven bars and second on balance beam.

Hermannsdottir placed third following a fall from uneven bars, but was the only gymnast to win two apparatus titles. She has won five Icelandic senior all-around titles (2008, 2010-2013), a record number of titles that she shares with Berglind Petursdottir, who coached her with Brynjolfsson from 2007-2010. Petursdottir is now a gymnastics judge.

The other two all-around medalists also train at Gerpla.

"The competition in the all-around was very close and exciting, and all three could have won," Brynjolfsson said.

Former Russian national team member Irina Sazonova, who competed as a guest for the Armann club, scored 49.60. 2012 junior all-around champion Sigridur Hronn Bergthorsdottir competed on three apparatuses only, and won medals on vault and balance beam. Bjarki Ásgeirsson won the men's senior all-around title.

Brynjolfsson said the results point to Iceland gymnasts' potential for improvements in the upcoming international season.

"The team is looking to climb back to the podium at the Nordic Championships and also have a good competition at Europeans, trying to climb a few places in the team competition," he said. "Last year Norma Dögg became the first Icelandic female gymnast to be a reserve a final at Europeans, when she placed 11th on vault. With upgrades and new self-confidence she will hopefully come even closer to the final this year."

Read "Icelandic Warm-up," a feature on IG's visit to Icelandic gymnastics clubs, in the November 2012 issue of International Gymnast magazine; and "She's Keeping Her Cool," a feature on Sigridur Bergthorsdottir in the October 2012 issue. To order back issues, or subscribe to the print and/or digital edition of International Gymnast magazine, click here.

2014 Icelandic Women's Championships
March 29-30

Senior All-AroundScore
1. Norma Dögg Robertsdottir 47.950
2. Agnes Suto 47.650
3. Thelma Rut Hermannsdottir 46.950
4. Andrea Ingibjörg Orradottir 46.000
5. Thorey Kristinsdottir 45.650
6. Tinna Odinsdottir 45.300

Vault FinalScore
1. Norma Dögg Robertsdottir 13.475
2. Andrea Ingibjörg Orradottir 13.150
3. Sigridur Hronn Bergthorsdottir 13.000

Uneven Bars FinalScore
1. Agnes Suto 11.900
2. Dominiqua Alma Belanyi 11.700
3. Norma Dögg Robertsdottir 10.350

Balance Beam FinalScore
1. Thelma Rut Hermannsdottir 11.900
2. Agnes Suto 11.750
3. Sigridur Hronn Bergthorsdottir 11.750

Women's Floor Exercise FinalScore
1. Thelma Rut Hermannsdottir 12.650
2. Andrea Ingibjörg Orradottir 12.300
3. Thorey Kristinsdottir 11.400
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