Who Are Up-and-Coming Female Gymnasts to Look Forward to Ahead of 2023 World Artistic Gymnastics Championship

Published 09/27/2023, 12:55 PM EDT

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The excitement for the upcoming 2023 World Artistic Gymnastics championship is palpable as the event draws near. Scheduled from September 30th to October 8th in Antwerp, Belgium, the event hype is difficult to measure.

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Following a two-year hiatus, gymnastics queen Simone Biles is back on the mat. After clinching the victory at the 2023 US Core Hydration Classic and the 2023 Xfinity Gymnastics Championships, Biles made her way to the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships and is all set to assert her dominance in the arena. Her fans are eagerly anticipating this event and are girded up to see Biles performing her magic on the beam.

Along with Biles, a multitude of gymnasts from around the globe will compete against each other to lift the triumph in Antwerp. Let’s take a panoramic view of the World Artistics gymnastics roster and the big names participating in the event.

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Hype before the 2023 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships

This championship holds immense significance. It serves as the main qualifying ladder for the Paris 2024 Olympics. The artistic championship offers the National Olympic Committee (NOC) numerous opportunities to secure quota spots for their athletes. Back in 2022, the women’s teams from the United States, the Great Britain and Canada secured team quota spots. And this time, fans are eager to see who grabs the chance. 

Beyond the iconic scores of Simone Biles, the women’s competition promises thrilling action. But, what truly heightens the anticipation are the fresh faces in the 2023 championship. 

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Three young gymnasts have taken the gymnastics community and the internet by storm as they made their debut on the global stage, setting the stage in Paris 2024:

  • Joscelyn Roberson, USA
  • Sabrina Maneca Voinea, România
  • Qiu Qiyuan, the People’s Republic of China

The event will feature a dazzling array of gymnastic talents, from legendary figures to emerging young stars grabbing media and fans’ attention worldwide. Fans around the world are all set to catch all the action through live television broadcasts and digital livestreams.

The young gun of team USA (Joscelyn Roberson)

USA is already renowned for its various legendries in the sports world. Now, another prodigy from America is in the queue to represent gymnastics worldwide. After a year of transformation and several hours of moving for practice, Joscelyn Roberson has come a long way. 

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Roberson’s path to this moment included a fourth-place finish in the U.S. Worlds Trials held in mid-September. This accomplishment earned her a coveted spot on the team alongside the legendary Biles.

With the excitement of her selection, the 17-year-old Texan is poised to make her debut in the senior major international competition. Her role will be crucial as she joins a formidable U.S. team, which includes Shilese Jones, Leanne Wong, and Skye Blakely, all of whom were part of the squad that secured the world team title in the previous edition. 

Like mother, like daughter (Sabrina Maneca-Voinea)

From 1994 to 2001, Romania’s women secured the world team title five times consecutively, but their last podium finish was a bronze in 2007. And now, A phenomenal and surging gymnast who aims to return the nation to its former glory as a regular podium contender. At just 16, young champion Sabrina Maneca-Voinea is spearheading Romania’s resurgence in women’s gymnastics.

Maneca-Voinea and her teammates are determined to reverse this trend, with their sights set on securing a team qualification for the Paris 2024 Olympics. Interestingly, Maneca-Voinea is set to lead the charge in Belgium, having already made a significant impact. She made her senior debut earlier this year at the Doha World Cup when she was just 15 years old. Under the guidance of her mother, Camelia Voinea, a silver medalist in the 1988 Olympics, Maneca-Voinea claimed gold in the beam and floor exercises.

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At the 2023 European Championships, the young gymnast secured a bronze medal in the floor exercise. However, the Romanian gymnastics scene has faced a podium drought since their third-place finish at the London 2012 Olympics, where they excelled as a team and witnessed Sandra Izbasa’s vault gold and Catalina Ponor’s floor silver.

Sabrina Voinea, displaying remarkable talent and achievements, including three medals at the previous Junior European Championships (vault gold, team silver, and floor bronze), signals the potential for a triumphant return to the Olympic podium, a shared aspiration of both her and her mother, who coaches her alongside Cristian Moldovan. 

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Looking for another big win (Qiu Qiyuan)

Last but certainly not least, another remarkable talent has emerged on the gymnastics scene. Meet 16-year-old Qiu Qiyuan from the People’s Republic of China. The powerhouse made her mark by becoming the national champion on the floor in May. 

Originally from Fujian, Qiu’s incredible abilities extend to the bars & beam disciplines, where she’s poised to make a splash in Antwerp during the apparatus finals. Additionally, her routines are a perfect blend of stunning form and extraordinary difficulty, earning her impressive scores. In June, at the Asian Gymnastics Championships held in Singapore, Qiu grabbed individual titles in the all-around & bars categories while also contributing to her team’s gold medal victory.

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Nonetheless, the stakes are high as qualification for a women’s team quota spot at the Paris 2024 Olympics hangs in the balance. Qiu’s exceptional performances not only bolster her team’s chances of securing their spot in France but also position her as a rising individual star in the world of gymnastics.

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Harshita Chawla

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Harshita Chawla is a US Sports writer at Essentially Sports. Having contributed to college magazine as a sports writer, she comes with a staunch knowledge in content creation for the sports industry. Along with this, Harshita is a huge fan of Gymnastics queen Simone Biles and has a penchant for writing about her favorite athlete.
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