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‘At home I have more than enough space for even a medal

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Nina Derwael wants to score at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS artistic gymnastics in Doha

‘At home I have more than enough space for even a medal

Unless you have a turnfan in heart and kidney, there is little chance that the name Nina Derwael you a few years ago said something. Until this year, for the second time European champion was on the bridge with uneven shelves. By that performance, the 18-year-old Limburg now also dream of the world title at her favorite part.

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Nina Derwael picked up at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS in 2017 in the Canadian Montreal won the bronze on the bridge with uneven shelves. That result would they now at least match in Doha. Eric Lalman/belga

Nina Derwael wants to score at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS artistic gymnastics in Doha

‘At home I have more than enough space for even a medal

Unless you have a turnfan in heart and kidney, there is little chance that the name Nina Derwael you a few years ago said something. Until this year, for the second time European champion was on the bridge with uneven shelves. By that performance, the 18-year-old Limburg now also dream of the world title at her favorite part.

TurnenWK in Doha

Hans Jacobs

DohaVoor the first time in her career was Nina Derwael this year, driven around in an open car in the King baudouin stadium, after they meet with two medals (gold at the bridge with uneven bars, silver in the beam) of the EC returned and as one of the most successful Belgian sporttoppers of the past summer was. For the first time the Belgian Olympic Committee her as an ambassador for Tokyo 2020. Since she was two years ago, the first Belgian champion in gymnastics ever crowned at a european CHAMPIONSHIP, is its status as a BV only increased. This weekend she starts in Doha on her yacht on a world title is on the bridge with uneven shelves.

Derwael stays sober for her new popularity. “In the beginning I had the hard to resist the pressure, but I live with them. And I can still just about walking, though. Occasionally ask someone to take a picture or a signature, but I can’t really complain. I would not be bothered with, I hope it stays that way.’

Her awareness helps her anyway, on the sporting field. The international judges already know who Nina Derwael, and what they all can. That is an advantage if there are points to be handed out at international tournaments. “It would not be part of the cast, and I find that unfortunate, but it does work a bit in my favor. The jury keeps in mind that someone with a name , and that makes a small difference.’

Steadily to the top

“In the beginning I had the hard to resist the pressure, but I agree learning to live’

A few weeks ago won Derwael an international competition between three countries to the bridge with uneven bars, her strongest device, with a score that allows them to last years world champion would have become – they earned when at that world cup bronze. Derwael is better than ever for this world cup. She has, over the years, the level of difficulty of her exercise still increased to something almost no one else in the world can. Yves Kieffer, her coach, watching this world cup with confidence. ‘Nina has on this WK an exercise that they champion can be.’ Derwael: ‘Virtually no one else has such a high starting value.’ For those of you who like gibberish sounds: the initial value is determined by the difficulty of the exercise and the combination of different elements in an exercise. Advantage: if Derwael that exercise flawless run, she is almost sure of a medal. The opposite is, of course, the greater chance for errors. How difficult, how more chance on the lost points. Derwael: “The big question is always: how hard can I make it so it still very good? That balance we have through the years little by little increased. You should be able to transfer: Allee, so difficult can that not be so, that exercise, see how smooth. While that’s not all that easy.’ (laughs)

Gradually grown

It is a pitfall for a lot of gymnasts. Gymnastics is a sport in which the athletes at a young age are at the top, just in that period where they struggle with their puberty and their body changes. Some gymnasts just like for example swimmers – hooks thereby diminished, or going to perform worse because they have their technique no longer get.

“I have rarely had problems with it, especially since that changes little by little came. For example, I’ve not suddenly a huge groeischeut, and that I suddenly was ten inches taller. No, I am gradually grown. I have not so dramatically my technique or exercises have to change, but with very small bits. And I’m quite happy to.’

Sportswoman of the Year?

‘During the artistic gymnastics is the big question always: how hard can I make it so it still very good?’

In the biggest names Belgian sportjaar ever, if we look at medals at international championships, put Nina Derwael her foot between the great athletes. They can therefore definitely claim the title of Sportswoman of the Year when in december will be awarded. A few years ago, she had no chance, this year could be the first gymnast ever hall of fame can fame. ‘But I’m really not awake of. If I happen to wake up lie, about this world cup, already also. (laughs) I redeneer not: I want that medal suits because I Sportswoman of the Year might be. But it would be a nice reward for all the hard work in the gym, day in and day out.’

Outlawed in the car

Nina Derwael is humaniorastudente to the topsportschool. Since september, she studies at the Ghent artevelde university college ghent Office management, with a specialization in event and project management. Over the past few years was Derwael at boarding school. If hogeschoolstudente she goes now, on kot. It is to say: when the student is ready – there is a new sportinternaat just in front of the school on the gymnasium floor, the old sportinternaat is being renovated to pasterns. “Then I can have my own pot to cook. But I can still at boarding school to keep eating if it doesn’t.’ (laughs)

On her eighteenth birthday, was Derwael a blindfold put on. She was then escorted outside and all of a sudden, he was to excel, a Volkswagen UP. That was in march, when she had only her theoretical exam behind him. She had her driving licence withdrawn. ‘A new world is opened up for me. I have suddenly so much more freedom. It is not all the time more papa and mama that I need to run, they were also quite happy with that.’

Already she can hardly undisturbed on the track – quite difficult if your head and name on the car. “On the highway, suddenly people next to me driving, until I see it. They stick their thumb in, and then I shy back and them thank. Oh my God, I think. It’s fun, but still, it’s weird. I am still a gymnast and not a world-famous brand such as Nafi Thiam or the Red Devils.’

The car is due to its performance and its reputation, and it is a gift from garage TOOK. “I’m happy with my sponsors, but it is not that they suddenly stand in line. Oh, I knew in advance that there is not much to be earned. But if I do it, I do it only for myself.’

Special trophy case

Derwael has several medals conquered in all sorts of turncompetities country. Over the past few years she has a trophy case. ‘In my room I have shelves made. A shelf for the EK, a shelf for the world cup and a shelf for the Olympics… There is still some place. (laughs)

“No, I live in the here and now, but occasionally look I back and I think: there is really what happened. If you like me after the Olympic Games of Rio 2016 (where she for the first time with a Belgian team on the Play stood, red.) had said what I the subsequent years, all would reach, I had you crazy.’

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