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Gold in Varna Pulls Käslin Out of Slump
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Swiss gymnast Ilaria Käslin told IG that winning gold and bronze at the recent World Challenger Cup of Varna helped compensate for a recent competitive slump.

“My goals were to make it to the beam, floor and bars finals,” said Käslin, who placed first on floor exercise and third on balance beam at the meet held May 7-9. “In the qualifications on bars it wasn't really good, because I fell on the dismount. I was sad and quite negative, but then with the help from the team I found the positivity and I forgot what I did in the past which wasn't good. In the beam and floor finals, I was more positive, and it was a good thing because I did well.”

Käslin, who finished 22nd in the all-around final at the 2013 world championships in Antwerp, is back on track after mediocre results at last fall’s worlds in Nanning and last month’s European championships in Montpellier.

In Nanning Käslin placed 84th in the all-around qualifications. In Montpellier she was 31st in all-around qualifications – fourth among the four Swiss all-arounders.

“In Nanning and Montpellier I made a lot of mistakes,” Käslin said. “After Nanning I started to be very negative, and it started to be difficult to believe in myself and in what I do. If I think about Nanning I don’t have a positive memory about my performances. In Montpellier I don't know why I performed like that. It was a bad day.”

Käslin said she was not disheartened by her overall experience in Montpellier, where teammate Giulia Steingruber became the first Swiss woman to win the European all-around title.

“Montpellier wasn't good for me, but for the others girls it was really good, and especially for Giulia,” Käslin said. “She did amazing! So when I came back to Switzerland I was really motivated.”

Käslin’s next target is a solid performance at this fall’s worlds in Glasgow, where the top eight teams will earn berths to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Four additional teams will earn berths to the Games at a test event, also in Rio, early next year. At the 2014 worlds, Switzerland finished 19th in team qualifications.

“I will give the best of myself in training to be ready in Glasgow,” Käslin told IG. “The team and I want do better than in Nanning and qualify for the test event, and continue in the Olympic Games qualifications.”

Read about Giulia Steingruber’s historic win at the European championships in the May 2015 issue of International Gymnast magazine, which also features her on the cover.

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)

Giulia Steingruber cover photo (May 2015)

"Full Force" - Steingruber interview (June 2013)

"A New Hit for the Swiss" - Steingruber profile (December 2009)

To order back issues, or subscribe to the print and/or digital edition of International Gymnast magazine, click here.

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