The first leg of this season is already history. One of the vaulters that might go for gold was already out there. The other will start the winter season tomorrow. Here is what VaultingNews thinks of Simone Jäiser and Danila Fritz:
After being the number 4 for three years in a row, she finally got her bronze medal at the World Equestrian Games in 2014 and a year later she won the gold in Aachen! She is known for her perfectly choreographed freestyles with everything performed exactly on the music and this is also the case for her technical test. Everything is exactly as planned and where she trained so hard for. One of her best freestyles was at the World Cup Final this year in the second round. She was so flawless and scored her best freestyle score she ever got: a 9.2! She is also is the winner of CVI Wiesbaden both in 2013 and 2015, back in 2013 she even defeated Joanne, who has almost won every competition she attended since 2009.
With those major results and winning silver three times in a row at the FEI World Cup Finals she definitely is a favorite for making it to the finals and even a medal contender. But with so many good vaulters, she too has to have solid rounds to earn a place in the finals. Her first leg will be in Madrid, where she competes on her horse Luk with her mother lunging her. With only four female vaulters competing there, she definitely is the favorite to win this first leg.
Besides from vaulting, in the past she also competed in team and pas de deux. And she is the trainer of the junior team of their club: Voltige-Club Harlekin.
Junior European Champion 2010 and 2013, 2nd in 2011 and 2012. Last year in her first senior year, she reached the final at the World Equestrian Games in Caen and became 13th and this summer she was 5th at the European Championships. What an achievements and you can definitely see progression. Although she probably is most famous for her backward scissors and mill, what I noticed was that she had a different theme for her freestyles every year. Including new music, cat suit and choreography. One of my favourites was 2012 where she wore that beautiful black outfit with dynamic music ending in ‘it all was a dream in the end’. So I always thought that it was about a dream or nightmare and waking up relieved. This year, she is a robot and ‘the challenge is to show you that she is a robot’. Ever heard about the Turing test or the movie Eva? Than you know what she means with her freestyle.
Except for doing individuals, she also is in the senior team of Wildegg, placing 4th last year and this year at the World- en European Championships. In 2008 she won silver with the junior squad in BRNO and in 2009 she actually also qualified individually, but unfortunately got injured and couldn’t compete. Tonight she will start her World Cup journey in Madrid, where she also was last year. Although then it was a show element. After Madrid, Salzburg and Leipzig are at the planning. Having a chance at making the finals? When she has really clear freestyles in my opinion, she definitely has a chance. She has a very elegant style and amazing flexibility. But the competition is hard this year, with 14 females, who all have a good reputation.