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Sanna Veerman: 'Small Details Make The Difference'
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Dutch gymnast Sanna Veerman told IG her role as Dutch team reserve at last fall’s World Championships in Doha, Qatar, provided exposure and insight that will benefit her in 2019.

“Of course I experienced all the traveling and practices in all the different gyms during the World Championships,” she said. “I was also able to perform during podium training, which was a very good learning opportunity. I also watched all the finals and that taught me that, in the end, it all comes down to the small details that make the difference.”

Veerman said Doha was “without a doubt” her most memorable experience of 2018.

“It was my first encounter with a big tournament as a first-year senior, and I enjoyed every minute of it,” she said.

Veerman placed first all-around at the 2016 Dutch Junior Championships, 16th all-around at the 2016 European Junior Championships, second all-around at the 2017 Dutch Junior Championships and fifth all-around at the 2018 Dutch Championships.

She trains at Turnz Amsterdam Gymnastics, where she is coached by the husband-and-wife team of Wolther Kooistra and Claudia Werkhoven. The couple train her on all four apparatuses; Kooistra’s emphasis is on vault and uneven bars, and Werkhoven’s emphasis is on balance beam and floor exercise.

To break into the Dutch team lineup at the 2019 Worlds in Stuttgart, she plans to add difficulty and improve her execution.

“I still need to make some steps on all apparatus, and work especially on perfecting the execution of my skills,” said Veerman, who will turn 17 on January 29. “Furthermore, on bars, I am working on new combos and elements which I hopefully will perform this year at a competition for the first time. This way my D-scores and perfected execution will optimize my odds to break into the starting roster.”

Veerman said she enjoyed the holiday season, highlights of which included a short trip to Paris just before Christmas, and celebration of Christmas and New Year’s Eve at home with her family and friends. She is hopeful for a hardy 2019.

“My New Year’s resolution is to stay fit and healthy,” she told IG.

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