The 2019 European Championships will feature highly competitive all-around and individual event competition in Szczecin, Poland. Although many high-profile athletes are missing this year’s competition- an individual all-around and event competition-, including Russia’s Aliya Mustafina and Belgium’s Nina Derwael, the competition in Poland should still be very intense.
The favorite to take home the all-around title is Russia’s Angelina Melnikova, who has been a force for Team Russia for many years. Melnikova is good on all four events and will be competing major difficulty at these championships, so if she hits her routines it will be hard for anyone to catch her. Melnikova, who narrowly missed out on a medal on floor at last year’s World Championships, will also be a medal contender in all four event finals should she qualify. Russia is also sending Angelina Simakova, who owns big vault and floor skills, and uneven bars star Anastasiia Iiliankova, who both have the potential to score high.
Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos of France will also be a medal favorite in the all-around if she competes on all four apparatus in qualifications, although it is currently unclear if she will be doing all four events. De Jesus Dos Santos will be a threat for medals on beam and floor in Poland.
Fan favorite Eythora Thorsdottir of The Netherlands is another major all-around contender, with exquisite lines and expressive dance that captivate fans and judges alike. Thorsdottir is still coming back from an injury-ravaged 2018 season but the Dutch star will be a top contender for the beam and floor finals.
Team Great Britain is full of potential medalists, with Ellie Downie and Amelie Morgan likely to be the biggest all-around threats. Britain will also hope to secure medals from Downie on vault and particularly bars, where the Brit excels.
Italy’s Giorgia Villa, a first-year senior, is definitely one to keep an eye on, as she has been one of Italy’s best gymnasts for many years now, even as a junior. Villa, the 2018 European junior all-around champion, is known for her big skills and beautiful lines, and should be a favorite for Italy’s Olympic Team next fall. Villa particularly shines on the bars and beam and will be a threat for medals in those event finals.
Denisa Golgota is likely to be the the top finisher for the Romanian team, with many new upgrades planned for the competition. Golgota packs lots of difficulty on the floor and could medal there for Romania.
Laney Madsen of Bulgaria, who trains in the US, is also attending, and she is one to watch out for with her unique skills on the uneven bars.
The all-around final will take place on Friday, April 12th, with qualifications happening on Thursday, April 11th. Event finals on vault and uneven bars will be on Saturday, April 13th, while balance beam and floor exercise will close competition in Szczecin on Sunday, April 14th.Tags: 2019 European Championships, Aliya Mustafina, Amelie Morgan, Anastasiia Iiliankova, Angelina Melnikova, Angelina Simakova, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denisa Golgota, elite, elite gymnastics, Ellie Downie, European Championships, Eythora Thorsdottir, France, Giorgia Villa, Great Britain, Italy, Laney Madsen, Melanie de Jesus dos Santos, Nina Derwael, Romania, Russia, The Netherlands, UEG, women's gymnastics