For Switzerland, the pair start with Ilaria Käslin / Oliver Hegi and Leonie Meier / Pablo Brägger.
"I'm really exhausted," says Oliver Hegi and laughs. The Swiss Cup Zurich marks the end of a long phase of competition, with highlights culminating in the second half of the season with the European Championships in Glasgow and the World Championships in Doha. Hegi did an excellent performance in Scotland with gold in the horizontal bar and bronze in the bar but in Doha he did not like the rest of the Swiss team. However, the team got a great 6th place.
Swiss athletes like to mobilize their last powers for the Swiss Cup in Zurich. "It's a cool competition with a special way that allows athletes to enjoy the atmosphere," says Pablo Brägger, winner of last year. Swiss athletes have the chance to present their skills to the home crowd, and finally there is also a handsome cash prize to win under the Kunstturn conditions. The winning team gets $ 25,000.
In addition to the Swiss bow figures in Hallenstadion several stars of the scene. The strongest duo on paper are the two medal winners of the Russian championship, Angelina Melnikova and Nikita Nagorni. For Germany, Elisabeth Seitz, third in the world in odd bars, and Marcel Nguyen, winner of Gander Memorial in Chiasso, will compete. Special attention is given to the legend of the duo Oxana Tschussowitina and Marian Dragulescu. The 43-year-old Uzbek won Olympic gold with the team in 1992, when his current rivals were not even born. The Romanian Dragulescu (37) is multiple world champion.
Leonie Meier's debut
Leonie Meier will make his debut at the Swiss Cup Zurich. For Aargau's 16 year old, it is the culmination of a very good first year in the elite with the first participation in European and World Championships. "I'm very surprised to have done so well," says the high school student, whose favorite device is walking. In Doha, she played for the first time on the grand stage a multi-discipline and was also allowed to admire the arts of the American high-pamphlet Simone Biles, one of its models. "Aliya Mustafina is also very inspiring."
Another example of Meier is Giulia Steingruber, winner of the 2011 and 2017 Swiss Cup, who held their traditional "Giulia Kidz Day" in Wallisellen on Thursday, but can not participate in the Hallenstadion on Sunday due to injury to the cruciate ligament suffered in the summer, The rehabilitation of St. Gallen, 24, in Magglingen, is according to plan, the light race is already back. A return to the competition stage is planned for late summer, the Spring European Championship in Poland and the Swiss Federal Gymnastics Festival in Aarau are probably too early.