10/21/2018 10:17:01 AM (GMT+3)

Improvisation is second nature to Dutch gymnast Wevers

Improvisation is second nature to Dutch gymnast Wevers

DOHA: Dutch gymnast Sanne Wevers is famous for her smooth, creative combinations on balance beam, the apparatus on which she won gold at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

For all of her apparent mastery on this perilous apparatus, however, the 27-year-old admits she is always ready to improvise as needed to keep her routine flowing.

“It’s more like I the way I train,” Wevers told www.worldgymdoha.18.com after Saturday’s training session ahead of the 48th FIG Artistic World Gymnastics Championships that will begin on Thursday in the Qatari capital.

“If something goes wrong, I think, ‘What do I need to do?’ It becomes second nature for me.”

The 2015 world silver medalist on balance beam is chasing her first world title here. Above her individual goals, though, she wants to contribute to the Dutch team’s success.

“The first mindset I have is the team,” said Wevers, whose twin sister, Lieke, competed with her in Rio and whose father, Vincent Wevers, is her coach. “I’m here for the team, so that’s my first focus. That’s step one.”

Wevers’ ability to unflinchingly adjust to pressure situations aligns with the Dutch team’s strategy for success.

“For us it’s good to focus on our own competition,” she said. “We always go to do our best routines and see at the end what the place is. It’s hard to say where we’ll end up, but we would love to hit the top 12.”