Let’s talk about the World Cup.
When I was a vaulter, and that kinda seems like vaulting ages ago but it was only in 2008, there was no such a thing as a World Cup. When they invented it, and by “they” I mean the powerful and mysterious people at FEI, I didn’t really pay much attention and, when I finally got curious about it, I was always too lazy to check out the rules. But now I finally did and I am going to explain them to you and tell you everything you need to know about it.
WHAT IS IT?
FEI World Cup Series are several competitions that happen amongst the best athletes in different countries and that lead to one big final event in which only the best vaulters are allowed to participate.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The WC Series are divided into two phases. Phase 1 consists of qualifiers (legs) and phase 2 consists of the Grand Final.
To qualify for the series, the athlete has to participate on CVIs and CVIOs there can only be 3 athletes per country (3 females and 3 males)
Once the athlete qualifies he or she gets to choose which legs he wants to go to, once the vaulter chooses, he has to do it.
When all the legs are done, each athlete will have it’s two best scores counting for the grand final. But, in the end, only the 6 best athletes and 4 best pas des deux will be on the final.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
The participants of the legs are selected amongst those who were part of the CVIs.
The participants of the final are selected amongst those who had the best scores on the qualifiers.
WHAT IS A WILD CARD?
The country that hosts the World Cup Leg might choose an extra athlete to participate on it, but this vaulter won’t count for the Final (that’s the case of Isabel Fiala in Salzburg, and of Daniel Kaiser in Leipzig).
IN WHAT CONSISTS EACH COMPETITION?
Well, long story short, each leg consists of two rounds of freestyle. The individuals have 20 seconds more than usual, that means 80 seconds for each routine. The Final has a little “warm up freestyle round” to decide what the order will be for the first official round.
WHERE ARE WE UP TO NOW?
So, season 2014/2015 is almost over. All the legs are now done and we are waiting for the Big Final, to be held in Graz, Austria, on 19th of February.
These are the male vaulters qualified for the finals:
Nicolas Andreani (FRA)
Viktor Brüsewitz (GER)
Julian Wilfling (GER)
Lukas Klouda (CZE)
Thomas Brüsewitz (GER)
Lukas Heppler (SUI)
These are the female vaulters qualified:
Lisa Wild (AUT)
Simone Jäiser (SUI)
Anna Cavallaro (ITA)
Kristina Boe (GER)
Pascale Wagner (SUI)
Carola Sneekes (NED)
And these are the Pas des Deux :
Stefanie Millinger – Evelyn Freund (AUT)
Lukas Wacha – Jasmin Lindner (AUT)
Stefan Csandl – Theresa Thiel (AUT)
Carola Sneekes – Esther Sneekes (NED)
Well, if you have any more doubts, here is a link with the official rules from our good friends at FEI.