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This art Turner dares the words

Sometimes it needs no words. Above all: no words. Because that's the way it works in gymnastics, actually. It is not discussed as a Turner, you will receive instructions. The younger man was as a gymnast, said Giulia Steingruber once, the more you was "a piece of already command receiver".

Steingruber (25) has outgrown this role for a long time. Already under the until 2016 to make national coach Zoltan Jordanov it was dialogues and more and more and joint decisions come. With Fabien Martin, the successor to the Hungary, has reinforced The Frenchman, a trainer, a generation younger than Jordanov, its best gymnast, even the most important Decisions cases.

The planning self-developed

The question of who should have the last word, is also the male colleagues in the St. Galleries. For national coach Bernhard Fluck it, the boss is clear. But a few months before his retirement, the Zurich can talk to. He feels: The Turner to go with their freedom responsibly. So he had a say in the annual planning. In small groups, the Turner elaborated the long-term preparation for the climax of this season, the world Cup a month ago in Stuttgart, the qualification for the Olympic games was possible. And finally, was done.

For years, Flucks team turns on the highest level, at the world Cup, she reached for the fourth Time in the series the team final. A performance that is hard to be overestimated: in addition to Switzerland, Russia, Japan, China, the UK and the USA were each Time as well.

The Swiss Turner to convince for years, as a Team, but also individually, at other times, it was Pablo Brägger, the towered, or, most recently, in Stuttgart, Eddy Yusof. And over all of the turns, currently Oliver Hegi. In June, the Reck-champion of Europe from 2018, the turn was the winner, he was then best-in-class in the world Cup qualification, but even if it is at the end of the world Cup came to desire, says Fluck about the 26-year-old from Aargau: "He has finally found his rhythm. He knows now exactly where he's going." Together with Giulia Steingruber, he is considered the co-favorite in the Swiss Cup in the morning at the indoor stadium.

An error was a too much

In recent years, Hegi was unstable. A mistake could bring him completely out of the concept, so much so that he was sometimes in the middle of the Competition thereof. "In the past, the head has decided about my form on the day," says Hegi, "today, I am mentally so strong that I can't tear the rudder around, even if I feel good." So happened in Stuttgart: Hegi started weak in the Competition and threatened to miss the final. But he roused himself and managed to finally, easily one of the best 24.

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As Oliver Hegi is happy about the Olympic qualification. Image: Instagram.

That reliability could be its strength, is due to the fact that Hegi started to emancipate. "In the past, I knew what I need to do to be successful. But it did not. Today already," he says, and thinks He knows best, how long or intensive, he must train, so that his Will is fulfilled. Sometimes a single Exercise, he says enough of this, "then I'll be driving for recreational purposes".

Barely any setbacks

of Course, Hegi is glad when a coach corrects him or gives advice, "I'm open to this criticism," he says. "But in the end I have to be the one who takes the Decisions." Since two, three years, he get in the national squad with the space he needed, he says, and finds: "Since then, I have been training more targeted. I experience hardly any setbacks."

the attitude of The Aargauers like unusual, says his coach-ears, and Hegi, there is in the national squad both extremes: for him, the need a lot of freedom, and colleagues, who were much more direct. To the clear statements of Hegi national coach Fluck to act without any way offended: "Without our Turner we coach would be unemployed, and we all want to be successful. Why should we listen to you?"

Created: 03.11.2019, 11:37 PM

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