For the Italians, 2013 started with the return of Enrico Casella as Direttore Tecnico Nazionale (National Team Coach/Coordinator). In an interview, he stated that:
“Italy must do well on the occasions that matter, and must be able to compete on a global level.”
I would say that in 2013 Italy was able to do just that. … in total they won 17 international medals.
After the disappointment of the 2012 Olympics, many thought that Vanessa Ferrari might retire …
At 23, Ferrari, proved all the naysayers wrong. Of the 17 international medals won by Italy in 2013, Vanessa won 7 of those. She won 2 golds, AA and FX, at the Mediterranean Games; 2 silvers on floor, one from Worlds the other the La Roche sur Yon world cup; and 3 bronzes, 2 in AA at the Stuttgart and Glasgow World Cups and 1 on BB at the Mediterranean Games. The podium finishes at the end of the year World Cups means that Ferrari now has won a medal in every major international competition except for the Olympics.
read more – GYMNEWSTICS – 2013 Year in Review: Italy
Italy in 2014?
Giulia Holzer posted on Couch Gymnast:
… National coach Enrico Casella has decided on some specific “goals” the Italian girls have to reach . These are:
- Learn a Kasamatsu vault
- Learn a Yurchenko 1 1/2 or 2
- Every gymnast has to use grips
- Learn more releases
- Learn 3 elements series with rebounding.
- Learn a “difficult” skill ( back tuck 1/1, layout or back
- Learn three difficult passes ( double layout, front double, triple
twist, full twisting double back, double Arabian, 2 1/2 twist to front 1/1)
- Create an artistic performance.