Nina Derwael competes on bars at the Rio Olympics. Photograph: YouTube

Months after impressing Rio with a super-difficult and clean uneven bars routine, Belgium’s Nina Derwael, 16, is back training her difficult combinations and has some upgrades to show off.

Derwael posted a video on Instagram, in which she showed off her new uneven bars routine. This includes a stalder Tkatchev with half turn directly linked to an Ezhova; a Komova II into Pak salto, directly linked to a Shaposhnikova with half turn; and a full pirouette directly linked to a full-in dismount. All connections represent an upgrade for Nina to her already difficult Olympic routine.

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Derwael turned senior in 2016. She is a solid all arounder (she finished nineteenth in the Olympic all around final in Rio), but impresses in particular on bars. At the Olympics, she posted a 15.133 on the uneven bars in qualifications, Belgium’s highest score overall. She also posted a 15.300 on bars during the all around competition, the second highest uneven bars score of the competition, behind Aliya Mustafina’s 15.666.

Nina Derwael has the difficulty, the execution, the poise and passion to achieve great results in the future. Good luck with your 2017 season, Nina!

By Talitha Ilacqua



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