Giulia Steingruber competes on beam in Rio. Photograph: Silvia Vatteroni

Switzerland’s Giulia Steingruber topped a list of 50 ‘wonder women’ selected by the Swiss magazine Glücks Post. The list is redacted every year, and the title as ‘Traumfrau’ (literally ‘dream woman’) of 2016 was awarded to gymnast Giulia Steingruber.

The magazine wrote of Giulia:

‘Wonderful and talented, we are all very proud of her! The east-Swiss made history at the Olympic Games, winning a bronze medal on vault, and impressed on the other apparatuses with her charm and grace. Unfortunately, we will have to wait to see more brilliant performances, as she is currently out with an injury. Feel better soon!’

Giulia indeed made history in Rio, becoming the first ever Swiss woman to medal at the Olympic Games. Steingruber had had a very successful 2016 also before the Games: at the European Championships in Bern in June, she won gold on vault (for the third time) and on floor in front of her home crowd.

Steingruber is currently spending her Christmas holidays in Australia. Once back, she is having surgery on her foot, and will resume training afterwards. She is going to miss the European Championships in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, this spring, but hopes to be back on time for the World Championships in Montreal, Canada, in October.

Second-place finisher in the ‘Traumfrau’ list was Swiss radio and TV presenter Viola Tami, and third was ski World Cup champion Lara Gut.

By Talitha Ilacqua



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