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Switzerland's Barloggio Bolstered For Europeans
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Swiss gymnast Caterina Barloggio told IG that, although she competed on only one apparatus at the 2012 European championships in Brussels, she is eager to test herself anew at the upcoming European championships in Montpellier, France.

"In 2012 it was a team competition, but this year it will be all individual," said Barloggio, who placed sixth on uneven bars and balance beam at the Tournament of Masters in Cottbus, Germany, March 19-22. "I think that this year I'm better prepared than three years ago. My goal is to try to do my best and to perform a clean competition. I have also a new floor routine and I'm happy to have the chance to perform it at the European championships."


Caterina Barloggio (Switzerland) at the 2014 World Championships in Nanning

Barloggio, who was a member of Switzerland's 19th-place team at last fall's world championships in Nanning, said she is hopeful her team can improve at this fall's worlds in Glasgow. The top eight teams in Glasgow will qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Four additional teams will qualify for the Games at a test completion in Rio early next year.

"I think we have to work a little bit psychologically," Barloggio said. "We were all well prepared for the competition but we made a lot of mistakes. We should try to be more united as a team, even if a mistake happens. We will also work to have solid and clean routines."

Born August 29, 1996, Barloggio hails from the Italian part of Switzerland. Her first language is Italian, and she learned French, German and English in school. Barloggio's maternal grandmother is Italian, but her other grandparents are Swiss. She has a few relatives in Italy but most of them are Swiss.

Barloggio lives and trains in Ticino, where her coaches are Alberto Tolomini and Patrizia Zuffinetti. Tolomini is her main coach, while Zuffinetti coaches her primarily on balance beam and floor exercise. Zuffinetti also works with here on the other apparatuses.

When preparing for major competitions or participating in national team training camps, Barloggio trains in Magglingen under Swiss national team head coach Zoltan Jordanov, and other national team coaches Sznezsana Jordanova and Fabien Martin. Barloggio plans to train in Magglingen all of this summer.

Barloggio said she plans to upgrade her routines so she can contend with Swiss standouts Giulia Steingruber, Ilaria Käslin and others for positions at the Rio Games.

"In this period we have competitions so I'm not trying any new elements because we are doing routines and routines," she told IG. "But I'm looking forward to learning some new skills when competitions are over, to add some more difficulty and be more competitive with higher D-scores."

International Gymnast magazine's coverage of Swiss gymnasts includes:
"No Turning Back" - Claudio Capelli profile (June 2011)
"Swiss Hit" - Ariella Käslin profile (December 2008)
"Swiss Thrill-seeker" – A. Käslin short profile (January/February 2007)
"A New Swiss Standout" - Ilaria Käslin profile (December 2013)
"Full Force" – Giulia Steingruber interview (June 2013)
"A New Hit for the Swiss" – Steingruber profile (December 2009)

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