Every gymnast has to do the work, says Kaeslin on leadership role
DOHA: Without injured Giulia Steingruber, the Swiss team will look to their remaining members for scoring reliability and leadership at the 48th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships that starts here at the Aspire Dome on Thursday.
Ilaria Kaeslin, a regular in the team since she qualified for the all-around final at the 2013 Worlds in Antwerp, said her squad has been coping well in Steingruber’s temporary absence, beginning with the European Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, in August.
“It was a bit strange because Giulia is the captain, and she always helps us,” Kaeslin told www.worldgymdoha18.com after Wednesday’s podium training. “It was special but not much different because every gymnast has to do the work.”
Despite her veteran status, the 20-year-old does not believe she is any more valuable to the team than the other members.
“Every gymnast can help each other,” she added. “I have just a bit more experience but, in the end, I am like always. I just try to help more.”
Kaeslin said her main goal is to help her country finish among the top 16 teams and thereby advance a step in the qualification process for the 2020 Tokyo Games. The top 24 teams will advance to the 2019 Worlds in Stuttgart, where she said the Swiss will target a top-12 position.
With team success her top priority, Kaeslin said she also dreams of returning to the Worlds all-around final for the first time in five years.
“I just want to focus on each routine and try to do it the best,” she added. “But I want to focus on every little element. Element after element. If everything goes well, the final can come.”