First-year senior Tabea Alt of Germany told IG she is eager to use next month’s American Cup in Newark as the start of her campaign to qualify for this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Tabea Alt (Germany)
"I feel very excited about this competition," said Alt, who placed third on balance beam and 14th all-around at the 2014 European junior championships in Sofia. "I'm very happy and I think it's a great opportunity for me. My goals for the American Cup are to have a good competition and show all my elements well. It's a great start to the senior level, so I think I can get a lot of experience at the American Cup. Also, for my plan to qualify to Rio, it's great to have this competition at the beginning of the year."
Alt, who will turn 16 on March 18, said the German team can perform better than it did at last fall’s world championships in Glasgow, where it placed 12th. The top eight teams in Glasgow earned automatic berths to the Rio Games. Germany and seven other countries advanced to the Olympic test event in Rio in April, from which four additional teams will earn berths to the Games.
"In my opinion the team was very nervous in Glasgow and they couldn't show all their capabilities," Alt said. "Therefore the German team has many reserves and we are still motivated. To do better at the test event in Rio, we have to be more focused on the team and not so much on ourselves. We all have one goal and, as a good team, I am sure we will reach this."
Alt said she is ready for the opportunities that the Olympic year will present to her.
"I'm very motivated for the whole year 2016," Alt told IG. "It's a great chance and I will train very hard, always being focused on my goal. My coaches, physiotherapists and mental coach are preparing me as well as they can, doing their best for the coming challenges. Additionally, my school helps me with school stretching (extending her studies another year). That means I have more possibilities to organize my training. At the end we will see how far I reach towards my goal, but I'm looking forward to the coming times."
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