The Dutch team in Rio 2016. Photograph: Silvia Vatteroni

The Netherlands has announced an incredibly talented team for the upcoming World championships. The four women that will compete in Montreal in October are Olympic champion Sanne Wevers, Olympians Lieke Wevers and Eythora Thorsdottir, and Tisha Volleman. At the recent Dutch International the four gymnasts did not look the most polished selves, but once again, no one does this year, and the World championships are still three weeks away, so they have plenty of time to polish their execution.

Sanne Wevers, 25, needs no introduction. She is the 2016 Olympic champion on balance beam, as well as the 2015 World silver medallist also on beam. She won a bronze medal on the uneven bars at the European championships in 2015, and a silver medal on beam at the 2017 Melbourne World Cup, which was her first competition since the Rio Olympics. She also won gold on beam at the 2016 Rio Test Event.

Lieke Wevers, 25, is Sanne’s twin sister. Like her sister, she competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she finished twentieth in the all around final. She also competed at the 2015 World championships, where she helped the Dutch team qualify to the Olympic Games and finished eighth on floor exercise. Wevers won gold on beam at the 2015 European Games and bronze on beam at the 2016 Rio Test Event. Wevers became famous in 2015 for her lovely choreographed floor routine to Ludovico Einaudi’s 'Nuvole Bianche'.

Eythora Thorsdottir, 19, is also known for her beautifully choreographed floor routines, in which gymnastics meets art. She competed at the 2016 Rio Games, where she finished ninth in the all around final, and at the 2015 World championships, where she qualified to the beam final and finished eighth. Thorsdottir also competed at the 2017 European championships, where she won a silver medal on beam and a bronze medal on floor.

Tisha Volleman, 18, helped the Netherlands qualify for the Rio Olympics at the 2015 World championships. In 2017 she competed at both the American Cup and the London World Cup, and finished seventh at both competitions.

Article by Talitha Ilacqua


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