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Inspired by Worlds Finish, Seitz Sees Potential For Rio
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Germany's Elisabeth Seitz told IG that her 10th-place all-around finish at the recent world championships in Glasgow reflected her potential for better results at next year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Germany's Elisabeth Seitz told IG that her 10th-place all-around finish at the recent world championships in Glasgow reflected her potential for better results at next year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Seitz, who qualified 23rd to the all-around final in Glasgow, said she was particularly pleased with her performance on uneven bars in the all-around final, where she had the top score.

"Of course I was very happy with my bars," said Seitz, who finished 10th all-around at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and 15th all-around at the 2013 Worlds in Antwerp. "I showed everyone that I have a great bars routine and that I'm a contender for the bars final. 15.233 points is the best score on bars at a world championships for me. That was the most satisfying aspect in the final."

Seitz said she was also glad to perform her balance beam routine without major errors in qualifications and the all-around final, but admitted that floor exercise continued to be a problem for her in Glasgow. She performed on floor exercise in the first rotation of the all-around final, and her score ranked her 24th out of the 24 gymnasts on the apparatus.

"Floor was the biggest challenge for me," Seitz said. "After my surgery last year and the problems with my foot in the last six years, including surgeries in 2010 and 2014, I always have problems with my landings. And that was again where I lost points. But I stayed focused after floor, and I knew I could do it better on beam, vault and bars." 

Seitz is eager to solidify her performance between now and the Olympic test event in Rio in April, from which she hopes to qualify for the Rio Games.

"There are not many new things which will be in my routines in Rio, but there are many things I have to work on," she said. "Especially on my flexibility and my landings on floor, I have potential. And of course I want to do a Yurchenko double twist on vault again."

Seitz also hopes her team can earn one of four berths to the Rio Games that are on the line at the test event. Germany placed ninth in Glasgow. The top eight teams earned automatic berths to the Games; the next eight teams qualified for the test event.

"I think the German team has much potential and we also have good juniors being seniors next year" she told IG. "Our routines are good, but we mustn't make as many mistakes as we did in Glasgow. That's how we can qualify, I think."

Read in-depth coverage of the 2015 World Championships in the December issue of International Gymnast magazine.

International Gymnast magazine's recent features on German gymnasts include:
"Shooting Star" - Tabea Alt profile (May 2015)
"Tough Lesson" - Janine Berger interview (October 2012)
Kim Bui interview (April 2013)
Maike Enderle profile (September 2014)
"New View from the Top" - Lisa Katharina Hill profile (July/August 2013)
"Quick Chat: Pauline Schäfer" (January/February 2015)
"Calm, Clean Style" - Sophie Scheder profile (December 2013)
"Seizing the Moment" - Seitz interview (July/August 2011)

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