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Despite Bruising, Käslin Cruising Towards Olympic Test Event
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Swiss veteran Ilaria Käslin told IG that, although she was shaken up by a heavy fall from balance beam at the recent DTB Team Challenge in Stuttgart, she remains confident heading into the upcoming Olympic test event in Rio de Janeiro.

Swiss veteran Ilaria Käslin told IG that, although she was shaken up by a heavy fall from balance beam at the recent DTB Team Challenge in Stuttgart, she remains confident heading into the upcoming Olympic test event in Rio de Janeiro.

"I don't know why I did it like that," said Käslin, who crashed against the beam after a switch ring leap in Stuttgart on March 20. "The technique was wrong and the beam is not so wide, so I fell. I think the fall was like an alarm that I must pay more attention and think more about technique. But it is not serious and I can train like usual."


Käslin with coach Zoltan Jordanov after her fall off beam at the DTB Team Challenge on March 20 in Stuttgart

Despite the mishap, Käslin is continuing well and preparing for the test event. She placed fourth on floor exercise at the FIG World Challenge Cup in Doha on Saturday.

"I'm so happy that nothing serious happened," Käslin said. "I have some bruising on both inner thighs, and a bit on the chest, but I'm fine and so happy that I can work normally and continue the test event preparation."

Switzerland finished 16th at last fall's World Championships in Glasgow, earning the last team spot for the test event that will take place April 18-22 in Rio.

The top eight teams in Glasgow got automatic berths for this summer's Olympic Games, and the next eight teams moved on to the test event. The top four teams at the test event will advance to the Games.

Käslin's best international results include 22nd place all-around at the 2013 World Championships in Antwerp, first on floor exercise and third on balance beam at the 2015 Challenge Cup of Varna, and third on floor exercise at the 2015 Challenge Cup of Doha.

Käslin is optimistic that she can help the Swiss women score an Olympic team berth if they perform confidently at the test event.

"I really hope that the team will get the ticket for the Olympics," Käslin told IG. "So my goal is to do my routines really well and show my best. I know that it will be not easy to get the place for the Olympics, because everyone works hard to reach this goal, and so I will do my best to help the team."

International Gymnast magazine's coverage of Swiss gymnastics includes:

"Brägger Breaks Through" - Pablo Brägger profile (January/February 2014)
"No Turning Back" - Claudio Capelli profile (June 2011)
Interview with Swiss team head coach Zoltan Jordanov (January/February 2014)
"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)

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