Summing Up Jr Worlds

Recall the concept of adding a Junior World Championships was controversial before the 1st in Gyor, Hungary 4 years ago.

But I’d say the competition is here to stay. It was a success in 2023.

And WHEN FIG raises the minimum age of Sr. WAG to 18 — this meet will be even more important.

I enjoyed seeing success from so many nations around the world with RUS not there and the USA less dominant than in the past.

Exciting young Japanese teams, a duo of South American standouts and a historic finish for Egypt made the 2nd FIG Junior World Championships 29 March-2 April a competition rife with important firsts.

… the young Italian men and women gave a demonstration of modern mastery. With 11 medals, including golds from Caterina Gaddi on Uneven Bars, Giulia Perotti on junior women’s Floor Exercise and Tommaso Brugnami on junior men’s Vault, as well as both team bronzes and All-Around bronzes from Gaddi and Riccardo Villa, Italy showed itself a force to be reckoned with — today and in the future. …

What a Worlds: Junior gymnasts give tantalising glimpse of tomorrow

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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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