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Schäfer Proud of 2014 Success, Signature Skill
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International Gymnast Online continues its annual series of holiday-themed features with this profile on rising German talent Pauline Schäfer.

German gymnast Pauline Schäfer told IG she is pleased and inspired by her 2014 achievements, including success at the European and world championships, as well as the verification of a new skill that bears her name.


Pauline Schäfer (Germany)

"I'm very happy with how this year went," said Schäfer, whose side salto from one leg with half turn on balance beam bears her name and an 'E' difficulty rating in the Code of Points. "It was an amazing time with lots of beautiful impressions, especially at the world championships in China and European championships in Bulgaria. We have a great team and it was so much fun to be part of this group. I had an amazing experience and I'm looking forward to the next year."

Schäfer said her team has potential for better results in 2015, despite problems in qualifications at this fall's worlds in Nanning. Germany finished ninth in Nanning, missing the cut for the team final by one place.

"I think there are multiple reasons, and we could discuss at length why our performances were not good enough for the team final," said Schäfer, who finished 41st all-around in qualifications in Nanning. "Overall we had a good preparation camp in Japan. I don't know exactly why it is that we made so many mistakes during the qualifications. Everybody has a bad day sometimes and unfortunately this was definitely far from perfect for us. But I'm sure that we learned from this situation and we will do better next year!"

Coached by Gabriele Frehse, Schäfer also helped Germany place fourth in team standings at Europeans in Sofia in May; and placed second all-around, first on vault and balance beam, and second on floor exercise at the German championships in August.

Schäfer and her German teammates defeated Russia and Switzerland to win the DTB Team Challenge on Nov. 30 in Stuttgart. She placed eighth all-around at the Glasgow World Cup on Dec. 6.

After a busy competition year, Schäfer is eager to enjoy the holidays with her family, including her parents, grandmother, three brothers and one sister. She will turn 18 on Jan. 4.

"I will be at home for Christmas and I'm looking forward to this time because I'm there so seldom," Schäfer told IG. "My family is the most important thing in my life besides gymnastics. I will have a great time at home. We have a Christmas tree, and on the 24th the whole family will be together and have a merry Christmas!"

International Gymnast magazine's recent features on German gymnast include:
"Tough Lesson" - Janine Berger interview (October 2012)
Philipp Boy interview and two-page center poster (May 2011)
Kim Bui interview (April 2013)
Maike Enderle profile (September 2014)
"Renaissance Man" – Fabian Hambüchen cover story (December 2013)
"Just the Beginning" – Hambüchen photo review (June 2013)
"New View from the Top" - Lisa Katharina Hill profile (July/August 2013)
"Leaps and Bounds for Germany" - Nadine Jarosch profile (January/February 2012)
Steffi Kräker interview/Hall of Fame induction feature (June 2011)
"Clutch Horse Rider" - Sebastian Krimmer profile (January 2011)
"Silver Streak" – Marcel Nguyen interview (November 2012)
"Fast Mender" – Nguyen profile (June 2011)
"Calm, Clean Style" - Sophie Scheder profile (December 2013)
"Seizing the Moment" - Elisabeth Seitz interview (July/August 2011)

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