At the age of 27, it’s over: with Julia Stengruber, the most successful Swiss artistic gymnast in history is ending her glamorous artistic career.
It was an idea that Julia Stingruber played in the past. Now, the 27-year-old from eastern Switzerland has made the final decision to end her highly successful career.
“Today is the day and I announce my resignation. My body and head are tired,” Stingruber justified the resignation on Friday at a media conference in Gosau. The past five years have been “stressful and nerve-wracking”.
A month ago I became a head coach Fabian Marti Steingruber’s longtime close friend was fired. But the woman in eastern Switzerland asserted that the ideas of resignation materialized independently of that. Because Steingruber has already taken time after the coronavirus-related postponement of the Tokyo Olympics to decide whether she will also be in Japan in 2021.
I’m fine with gymnastics.
But Switzerland’s most successful gymnast fought her way back after another injury – and she nearly crowned her third Olympic appearance with a final on her main machine, the vault. In the end, a trivial score of 0.05 was missing. “I’m fine with gymnastics,” says Stingruber. Tokyo was a very nice ending.
Olympic bronze and World Cup highlights
The woman in eastern Switzerland had the most successful phase of her career in 2016, when the Swiss flag bearer won the bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro – the first ever Olympic medal for a Swiss gymnast.
A year later, after her first long injury fracture, Stingruber won her first and only World Cup medal: in 2017 in Montreal, she shone in the jump and took an impressive bronze.
Her brilliant cards were also decorated with 6 European Championship titles, 4 on the jump, one on the floor and one all around – not a single Swiss woman succeeded in the latter either.
Final gold medal in Basel
Most recently, Stingruber triumphed at the European Championships in Basel this spring – 20 years after starting gymnastics at the age of seven. Steingruber outperformed the national competition early on, as evidenced by no less than 37 Swiss Championship titles.
In her career, Steingruber shone not only with team medals, but also with innovations. At the 2011 World Cup in Tokyo, for example, the “Steingruber” was presented on the balance beam. Even before the 2016 Rio Olympics, she spent quite a bit of time working on a new jump, Tschussowitina with an extra screw half. However, the risks were too great.
Steingruber leaves a big gap
But, as is known, she was enough for an Olympic medal even without the new jump, which was her main goal after she missed the jump final at her first Olympic show in London in 2012. Now the 27-year-old will complete further training in marketing management. There is a huge gap in Swiss artistic gymnastics after the resignation of Stingruber.
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