start values: 5.0 + 5.6 + 5.7 + 5.6
notable results: 2015 Open Massilia All Around champion, National Cups All Around bronze medalist, fourth on floor at EYOF
notable skills: full twisting yurchenko on vault, inbar stalder + maloney + pak jaeger, pak salto, chow and double front dismount on bars. front tuck, switch ring and double tuck dismount on beam, two whips + triple twist, 2.5 + front tuck, double tuck on floor
Juliette, who stole the hearts of plenty of fans from all over the world with her playful choreography, is one of France’s best and most improved athletes. She didn’t post any massive scores during 2014. She was 14th in the All Around at the Beaumont en Veron Friendly meet, where she only posted a 48.750 All Around total and then she placed 6th at the national championships, with a score of 49.850. Her biggest accomplishments of the year was winning a bronze medal on floor at the Top Gym tournament and making her country’s junior European team. She always showed beautiful lines and lovely artistry, but in the middle of the quad, she was not a junior who showed the potential of becoming a strong Rio contender. However, she showed incredible progress in 2015 and now, she clearly is an athlete who should be in the mix next year. She qualified third into the All Around finals of the french nationals, with a respectable 54.750, but she only managed to finish 7th in the finals, after struggling on bars and beam. Then, she placed 9th All Around at the FIT challenge, she won a silver All Around medal at the friendly meet against Italy, and she was one of the three athletes who represented France at the European Youth Olympic Festival, where she had a strong competition, finishing 10th in the All Around and 4th no floor, after losing a tie breaker. She continued to be successful at national and international level, winning the All Around title of the Open Massilia, earning the All Around silver medal at the friendly meet against Switzerland and Great Britain and placing third All Around, second on vault and first on floor at the National Cups. Juliette’s best event is probably floor exercise, where she shows impressive power and artistry and even though she’s only 15, her opening whips + triple combination is worth more than any tumbling pass being competed by her senior teammates. Of course, one tumbling pass is not going to get her a ticket to Rio, so Juliette has a long way to go. She is promising on the every event, so it will be interesting to see if she can upgrade her routines in order to maximize her chances. Her full twisting yurchenko is fairly powerful and it looks like she could add an extra half twist in there. She is capable of difficult skills on both bars and beam, but she needs to work on her execution and her consistency on those events. She clearly has lots of work to do, but I think she is very promising and I expect her to be part of the discussion next year.
(photo credit: Photograffeuz and Michael Motz, gif credit: elisaminimeneghini)
You can learn more about Juliette from this inteview, which is in French.
start values 5.8 + 5.3 + 6.4 + 5.5
notable skills: double twisting yurchenko on vault, jaeger, maloney + bail and full in dismount on bars, round of + layout, switch leap + switch half, switch ring, split leap + side somi and double pike on beam, 2.5 twists + front layout, double tuck, double pike and mustafina turn on floor
notable results: EYOF vault champion, national balance beam champion, national All Around silver medalist, National Cups All Around champion
There’s absolutely no doubt that Marine Boyer is one of France’s most promising juniors. 2014 was a fairly successful year for her, since she was the National All Around silver medalist, the Top gym balance beam champion and vault silver medalist and she made the Junior Europeans team. She started her 2015 with an excellent competition at the French nationals, where she won a silver medal on the uneven bars and a gold on balance beam, and she continued with a 7th place finish in the All Around at the FIT challenge and a bronze All Around medal at the friendly meet against Italy and she was once again third at the EYOF selection competition. She was an obvious choice for the European Youth Olympic Festival and she did an excellent job there, finishing 9th in the All Around and winning France’s only gold medal on vault. She continued with a solid performance at the Elite Massilia, where she helped her team win a surprising gold medal over Russia, placed 7th in the All Around and fourth on vault, and she finished her year in the best way possible, when she won the All Around title of the Coupes Nationals. With excellent start values on vault and beam, and a solid floor routine, Marine is certainly one to watch for Rio. Her double twisting yurchenko is certainly the best vault currently being done by a French gymnast, and it’s extremely valuable to a team that mostly showed full twisting yurchenkos at the world championships. She did not compete it at every meet during 2015, but she will hopefully be more comfortable with it next year. She has the highest start value of her country on balance beam, where she could potential challenge for a spot in major finals and she could post scores in the high 13s on floor if needed. She is extremely powerful, but she’s also very clean and even though she has had some mistakes during the year, she’s more consistent than most of her teammates.
(photo credit: Photografeuz, Russian gymnastics/Yelena Michailova and Thomas Schreyer)
Mathilde Dal Zovo
start values: 5.0 + 4.9 + 5.1 + 5.1
notable skills: piked barani on vault, maloney and jaeger on bars, back handspring + back handspring + layout step out, switch half and double tuck on beam, double L turn, double tuck and double pike on floor
notable achievements: 5th All Around at nationals
Then, we have Mathilde Dal Zovo, who was fifth at the French nationals and has finished in the top 5 at a couple of internal tests but only placed 14th at the recent National Cups. She has also competed in international meets, including the Open Massilia, where she finished 24th in the All Around, and the France vs Switzerland vs Great Britain friendly meet, where she was 7th. Mathilde will need some major upgrades in order to be competitive against the seniors and I’m not sure if she has enough time to add that much difficulty into her routines, but she is a lovely gymnast, with beautiful lines and toe point and she shows clean execution on bars and lots of personality on floor, so she’s certainly worth watching.
(photo credit: Charlotte Lecerf)
start values: 5.8 + 5.5 + 5.7 + 5.1
notable results: National All Around silver medalist, France vs Italy friendly meet AA champion, Italy vs France vs Mexico friendly meet All Around champion, Gymnova Cup champion
notable skills (before her injury): double twisting yurchenko on vault, ray, pak, maloney + clear hip half, van leeuwen and double layout on bars, front tuck mount, front tuck, switch leap + switch half, switch ring and double tuck on beam, full out, double tuck and double pike on floor
Mélanie is a beautiful gymnast, with tons of potential, who unfortunately suffered from a major injury earlier this year. She had to miss the 2014 European championships due to injury, but she has a fair amount of experience, since she has participated in multiple nationals and international competitions. Some of the highlights of her career were the All Around titles she won at the Italy vs France and the France vs Mexico vs Italy friendly meets, her All Around and floor exercise titles at the Gymnova Cup and her fourth place finish at the FIT challenge, where she was competing against a fairly deep field. After doing an excellent job during the year and finishing second at the selection test, Mélanie was selected to represent her country at the European youth Olympic Festival. She was definitely one of the most promising athletes of the competition, but she never got to show us what she can do since she tore her ACL after under-rotating her double twisting yurchenko. It’s needless to say that this was the last competition of the year for her. Mélanie really has the whole package. She has the elegance, the power, the flexibility, the execution and the difficulty she needs in order to be successful but unfortunately, she doesn’t have much time. She never had any massive start values, but she had good basics and tons of potential. Her block on vault was great, her swing on bars was beautiful and all her tumbling passes on floor were sky high, so it would be easy for her to upgrade her routines in order to be competitive against the seniors. Her inconsistency on beam is an issue, but a solid double twisting yurchenko would immediately make her a strong contender, and I really believe she could have world class routines on bars and floor. If she hadn’t gotten injured, I would consider her a huge threat for the Rio team but after such a serious injury, she needs to focus on getting her old skills back before even thinking about upgrading and she only has a few months to do that. I certainly hope that those months will be enough for her, but even if this isn’t the case, I hope to see her being successful during the next quad. She’s just too talented to never make it big.
(photo credit: Benoit Bonatre and Silvia Vatteroni)
start values: 5.8/5.3 + 5.0 + 6.0 + 5.5
notable skills: double twisting yurchenko and piked barani on vault, jaeger, bail and double layout on bars, switch leap + johnson, back handspring + two layout step outs, switch half, front aerial + sissone, and double pike in combination on beam, tucked full in, piked full in, double tuck and 2.5 twists on floor.
notable results: Open Massilia AA bronze medalist, national vault silver medalist, Combs-la-ville vault and beam champion
Coline was one of the most powerful athletes of the French junior national team and she has an impressive level of difficulty on vault, beam and floor. The highlight of her 2014 probably was Combs-La-Ville, where she won gold medals on vault and beam, beating athletes like Kapitonova, Mikhailova and Volleman. She started her 2015 at the French championships, where she finished 12th into the All Around and grabbed a silver medal on vault and then, she competed at the FIT challenge and helped her team win a gold medal at the France vs Great Britain vs Switzerland friendly meet. Then, she competed at Massilia, where she placed 3rd in the All Around at the Open competition and made it into the vault finals, where she finished 6th. In a team without many great vaulters and tumblers, Coline shows a double twisting yurchenko and two E rated tumbling passes. She also has world class difficulty on beam and she has trained a double layout on floor and even a Produnova on vault (which I don’t hope or expect to ever see in competition). Bars are her weakest event, but there are plenty of strong uneven bar workers on her team, so this is not a big problem for her. By just looking at her start values, one would assume that she will be a strong contender next year but the problem is that her E scores are not as high as her D scores. Coline has tons of talent and plenty of power, but she doesn’t have the best block out there, she crosses her ankles and bends her knees while twisting, she has legs separations on lots of elements and she often lands her vaults and her tumbling passes with her chest very low. If she managed to work on those areas and clean up her routines during the year, she would certainly be one to watch but the question is, can she do that?
( photo credit: Benoit Bonatre andMaryne Lesquelen)
start values: 5.0 + 5.8 + 6.1 + 5.4
notable skills: full twisting yurchenko on vault, komova + pak, van leeuwen, jaeger and double front on bars, switch leap + switch half + back tuck, switch ring, onodi, front aerial + sheep jump and double pike in combination on beam, double layout, double tuck and double pike on floor.
notable achievements: Top Gym silver and bronze medalist, Massilia bronze medalist, Gymnova Cup champion
After not posting any massive scores in 2014, Oréane had a rather busy 2015. She placed 4th on beam and 6th in the All Around at the French nationals, she competed at the FIT challenge, she won three gold medals at the Gymnova Cup, she placed top 3 All Around at a couple of internal tests, she won a surprising bars bronze medal at the Elite Massilia, where she also placed fifth in the All Around during the Open competition and she achieved excellent results at the Top Gym, placing 4th on vault, floor and the All Around and winning a bronze on bars and a silver on beam. She finished her year at the National Cups, where she placed fifth in the All Around and second on the uneven bars. Oréane, who has named Viktoria Komova, Aliya Mustafina, Larisa Iordache and Andreea Munteanu as her role models, showed impressive progress and earned plenty of experience in 2015 and it will be interesting to see if she can continue to improve next year. She is certainly very talented and she has lots of qualities that could help her team. Her full twisting yurchenko seems easy for her, so I could see her upgrading on vault. She also has impressive start values on bars and beam, but she still has some work to do in order to be team finals worthy on those events. Her bars show great potential, but she has quite a few legs separations during her routine, while she struggled to actually stay on the balance beam. She’s also a promising floor worker, with powerful tumbling and excellent and unusual choreography. Her double layout is one of the most difficult tumbling passes in France, even though she often pikes it down. I’m not sure if she will be able to improve her consistency, upgrade her difficulty and clean up her execution in just a few months but I certainly hope she does.
(photo credit: Benoit Bonatre and Charlotte Lecerf)
Here’s an interview with her
start values: 5.0/5.0 + 6.0 + 5.8 + 5.1
notable skills: full twisting yurchenko and piked barani on vault, inbar full, komova, galante, inbar half + endo half and full in on bars, switch leap + johnson, switch half, onodi, front aerial, side aerial and double pike in combination on beam, triple twist, double tuck and double pike on floor
notable achievements: Elite Massilia finalist, national cups All Around silver medalist, Top Gym uneven bars champion
Alison is another French gymnast who is beautiful on the uneven bars. She only placed 13th in the All Around at the French championships, after struggling on her best event, but she proved herself at the National Cups, where she earned the silver medal, beating athletes like Bossu and Charpy and placed first on bars and second on beam. She has also done a good job at the internal tests and she has been fairly successful at the international level, since she placed 7th on vault and 4th on bars at the Elite Massilia and became the uneven bars champion at Top Gym, where she also finished 5th on floor. The event where I enjoy her the most is the uneven bars. Her Komova 2 certainly needs some work, but she has beautiful lines and toe point and she’s capable of a gorgeous Galante, which is one of the most difficult releases currently being done by a French gymnast. She shows a nice variety of skills during her routine and she already has a very respectable start value and tons of room for upgrades. Her level of difficulty on balance beam is also impressive and she certainly shows potential on this event. France already has quite a few athletes with team final worthy routines on bars and beam, so I’m not sure if they will need her next year, but I’m certainly keeping an eye on her.
(photo credit: Michael Motz)
start values: 5.0 + 4.8 + 5.5 + 4.9
notable skills: full twisting yurchenko on vault, bail to handstand and jaeger on bars, round of + layout, front tuck, sheep jump, side aerial and double pike on balance beam, double tuck and double pike on floor exercise
notable achievements: Junior Mediterranean bronze medalist
Fiona is a lovely gymnast, with a promising beam routine and a bright smile. During 2014, she tied for 6th at the french championships, placed 9th at the Italy vs Mexico vs France tournament and placed 17th at the Beaumont en Veron friendly meet. She also competed at the Junior Mediterranean championships, where she was 8th in the All Around, 5th on vault and 3rd on floor exercise and she was one of the reserves for the Junior European Team. In 2015, she participated in the Elite Massilia, where she finished 16th in the All Around and the National Cups, where she placed 111th. She doesn’t really have the start values we’ve seen from some of her teammates and she’s not the cleanest or most consistent gymnast out there, so I don’t know where she will stand against the seniors next year. However, she is very promising on balance beam, where she has even trained a round of + layout full combination and she has a lovely full twisting yurchenko on vault, so I’m hoping to see her upgrading on those events and being more competitive during the next quad.
(photo credit: Benoit Bonatre)
start values: 5.0 + 5.1 + 4.9 + 5.1
notable skills: piked barani on vault, maloney + bail + toe on full and jaeger on bars, switch half, split jump + side somi on beam, memmel, gogean and double pike on floor
notable achievements: National All Around bronze medalist, junior Europeans team member
Océane was 10th All Around at the 2014 French nationals and 9th at Beaumont en Veron. After placing in the top 5 at the selection Test, she made the Junior European championships team and she competed at Sofia, where she posted one of her country’s highest scores on vault. She started her 2015 with an impressive All Around bronze medal at the French championships, she competed at the FIT challenge and she finished 10th All Around at the National Cups. She will obviously need to show major upgrades if she wants to be be competitive, but she’s quite promising on bars and vault.
(photo credit: Damien Lecatelier)
start values: 4.6 + 5.1 + 4.6 + 4.9
notable skills: front pike on vault, piked jaeger, bail and double layout on bars, front aerial and L turn on beam, double L turn and double tuck on floor
notable achievements: national All Around bronze medalist, Tournoi des 4 moteurs champion
Alix is a beautiful gymnast, with lovely lines and interesting choreography. She was the 2014 National All Around bronze medalist and she finished 13th in the All Around at Beaumont en Véron. During 2015, she placed 15th at the France vs Italy vs Mexico friendly meet, she won the All Around, the uneven bars and the balance beam titles at the 4 moteurs tournament and she placed 6th at the National Cups. Her start values are not very high, but I absolutely love her piked jaeger on bars and her L turns on beam and floor.
(photo credit: Charlotte Lecerf)
start values: 5.0 + 4.2 + 5.9 + 5.5
notable skills: full twisting yurchenko on vault, tkatcev and double front dismount on bars, back handspring + layout step out + layout step out, back handspring + layout, switch leap + switch half and double tuck dismount on beam, double arabian, full in and double tuck on floor
notable achievements: Combs-la-ville Around bronze medalist
Léanne is a powerful gymnast, who has the potential to shine during the next quad. She was 13th in the All Around at the 2014 French championships and 14th at the 2015 French championships. She has some international experience, since she she has competed at the Elite Massilia and the Combs-la-Ville Tournament, where she placed third in the all Around and 4th on beam. Her last competition of the year was the National Cups, where she finished 9th in the All Around. I’m not sure if Leanne will be ready to compete against the seniors in 2016 because she doesn’t have much international experience and she’s still pretty inconsistent. However, I certainly see tons of potential in her. The uneven bars are her weakness, but she’s very promising on vault, beam and floor. Her full twisting yurchenko is powerful and dynamic, and she could probably upgrade it in the future. Her level of difficulty on beam is also impressive. Her layout is questionable, but she has a good start value, she shows lovely flexibility in her leaps and she gets incredible height on her double tuck dismount, while also showing some difficult tumbling on floor. There are only a few gymnasts in France who are capable of 2 E rated tumbling passes, but she starts her routine with a double arabian and a tucked full in, so she could help the team on this event in the future.
(photo credit: Michael Motz)
Then, we have Emilie Lartin, who doesn’t have tons of difficulty but is a joy to watch on floor. She has very interesting choreography and she shows plenty of attitude and personality through her dance. She’s capable of a switch ring and a switch half on beam and a double front twist and a double pike on floor. She competed at the Gymnova Cup, where she finished 2nd in the All Around, 3rd on the uneven bars and first on balance beam and she finished 12th in the All Around at the National Cups.
(photo credit: Charlotte Lecerf)
You can find another list of the French new Seniors here
Thanks to swanvika for the help