6 pas-de-deux’s, 12 males and 15 females have qualified for the FEI World Cup season 2015/2016!
A short introduction of all these amazing vaulters, some rumors and some big names who aren’t on the list. Starting with the pairs: it’s there last season together, but Pia Engelberty and Torben Jacobs want to finish strong! After a bronze medal at the EC 2013 and two silver medals at WEG 2014 and EC 2015, they are the favorites for making the final in Leipzig. Especially, while the numbers 1 and 3 in Aachen this year are not competing in the qualifications.
Both the current World and European champions Lukas Wacha and Jasmin Lindner, bronze medalists at the EC 2015 and winners of two World Cup legs last year Evelyn Freund and Stefanie Millinger will not compete. Evelyn Freund had a knee operation right after the Europeans, so she won’t be fit enough so soon. Also interesting is that Gera Marie Grün and Justin van Gerven, the World Cup Final winners of 2014/2015 are not competing.
As for Erika di Forti and Lorenzo Lupacchini, from Italy it was their first year as a senior pas-de-deux after having great years in the junior category. Their biggest achievement there was winning the silver medal at the European Championships in Kaposvar in 2014. Placing 5th at the Europeans this year with some awesome high moves, they could surprise a lot!
The third pair consists of a brother and sister: Simon and Lucie Chevrel from France, who became 4th in Le Mans in 2011 and won the CVI in Bern this year. They have been doing pairs for quite some time now and this is their first World Cup season.
Zoe Maruccio and Syra Schmid just had their best international performance on the right moment: EC Aachen 2015, two clean rounds which resulted in the 6th place and with that also a spot in the World Cup qualifiers for Switzerland.
Back to Germany, we have Jolina Ossenberg-Engels and Timo Gerdes. They were trying to get one of the two spots to represent their country at the Europeans this year, but unfortunately didn’t make it. But they reached some podium places on several CVI’s and also won the CVI-Masterclass in Stuttgart in 2014. Until now, it is not sure if they are able to compete.
Last, but not least the United States of America: Cassidy and Kimberly Palmer. What a season did they have this year! Although there wasn’t a senior World Championship this year, they have showed the world how much they have improved over the years. This year, they have won 4 CVI’s: Hollister, Pezinok, Verden and Ermelo. With their theme Frozen, which fits them very well, they gave Europe a warning…
This promises a very exciting tour with some new legs & a lot of prize money. To get an overview about the long list of nominated individuals stay, tuned with VaultingNews this week.