The second of four FIG all-around World Cup competitions takes place this weekend in Germany, with the Stuttgart World Cup serving as a preview of the World Championships set to be hosted inside the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart later this year. The competition boasts a packed roster as Rio 2016 Olympic all-around gold and bronze medalists Simone Biles of the US and Aliya Mustafina of Russia compete in the all-around against each other for the first time since the Olympic Games.
This competition marks Biles’ first appearance of 2019, and although the field in Stuttgart is very strong, she is expected to dominate in similar fashion as she has every single all-around competition since 2014. Mustafina is competing in the all-around for the first time internationally since the Rio Olympics, and she is expecting to come back strong and prove she is a contender at the European Championships this spring and Worlds this fall.
Another favorite for the podium is Canada’s Ana Padurariu, who recently won the Canadian national championships and is looking to prove she will be a contender not only on the World Cup stage, but also later in the year at the World Championships and in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics next year.
Brazilian star Rebecca Andrade, considered one of the top all-around gymnasts in the country, could potentially pose the largest threat to Biles in the all-around and is looking to debut new upgrades for the season. Elisabeth Seitz of Germany, who is especially talented on the uneven bars, is another major medal threat and one of the names headlining the competition.
Other very notable competitors include the Netherlands’ Eythora Thorsdottir, Germany’s Pauline Schaefer, and France’s Lorette Charpy. This meet is the 2019 debut for many of the athletes competing, and it should be an opportunity to watch some of the best gymnasts in the world to show off their new routines and upgrades.Tags: 2019 Stuttgart World Cup, Aliya Mustafina, Ana Padurariu, Elisabeth Seitz, elite, elite gymnastics, Eythora Thorsdottir, FIG, Lorette Charpy, Pauline Schaefer, Rebecca Andrade, Simone Biles, Stuttgart World Cup, women's gymnastics