Ancient German fairytales are swelling with beautiful princesses adorned with creative names. America’s Walt Disney has repackaged them so well.
There is a modern day German Princess who is garnering global attention and given her exceptional talents even had a recent event named in her honor.
She’s brilliantly packaged.
Elisabeth Seitz is a German artistic gymnast. She competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics and finished in ninth place with the German team. Individually she was sixth on uneven bars and tenth all-around.
Leading up to and through the 2016 Rio Olympics, our Deutschland maiden has generated a very powerful timeline.
She was the silver medalist in the all-around competition at the 2011 European Artistic Gymnastics Championships.
There were some other outstanding moments as well.
According to wagymnastics.wikia.com, “On January 11, it was announced Seitz would compete at the AT&T American Cup in early March. A couple weeks later, she was announced as part of the lineup for the La Roche-sur-Yon World Cup. At the American Cup, Seitz placed fourth in the all-around and on vault and beam, third on uneven bars, and sixth on floor. In May, she won gold in the all-around at the German Nationals, as well as gold on balance beam and floor exercise and bronze on uneven bars.
In September, Seitz competed at the Turnen Dames Interland, winning silver in the all-around, and placing fourth on floor, fifth on bars, and sixth on beam. She went on to compete at a friendly meet against Romania, winning silver with her team and placing fourth in the all-around. Shortly afterwards, she was named to the German team for the World Championships.”
The pinnacle of her success was in 2016, recently at Rio.
As a representative of the German national team in the 2016 Summer Olympics together with Kim Bui and Sophie Scheder, she qualified to perform in the Olympic final at the uneven bars and finished ranked 4th behind her team colleague Sophie Scheder, American Madison Kocian and Russian Aliya Mustafina.
Wouldn’t you agree that is one very impressive resume?
Now, about the naming accomplishment.
In 2011 the International Gymnastics Federation [FIG] named an element on the uneven bars after her. The ‘Seitz’ involves a pike solo circle backward through handstand on low bar with full-twist in flight to high bar.
If you’ve ever had a chance to watch this German super star perform, you can see how she takes a very innovative, fresh and exciting approach to her craft.
Her work ethic is no doubt the fruition of the hard work and support from the village that helped shape her.
We always love to electronically travel to Germany.
Ms. Seitz was born in Heidelberg.
Heidelberg is a town on the Neckar River in southwestern Germany, known for its distinguished 14th-century university. Built, destroyed and partially restored over several centuries, red-sandstone Heidelberg Castle stands beside the river on Königstuhl hill.
Heidelberg is part of the densely populated Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region. In 2011, over 149,000 people lived in the city.
Since Heidelberg is among the warmest regions of Germany, plants atypical of the central-European climate flourish there, including almond and fig trees; there is also an olive tree in Gaisbergstraße. Alongside the Philosophenweg (Philosophers’ Walk) on the opposite side of the Old Town, winegrowing was restarted in 2000.
Heidelberg University played a leading part in the era of humanism and the Reformation, and the conflict between Lutheranism and Calvinism, in the 15th and 16th centuries. Heidelberg’s library, founded in 1421, is the oldest existing public library in Germany.
Any wonderfully historic and warm region garners praise from natives and visitors alike.
Germany has always been a proponent of the arts so as expected, the interesting and informative site germany.travel paints with an artistic brush. “Heidelberg is a city that will capture your heart. Famous the world over, it is a perennial favorite among international tourists. The city has so much to offer: charm and character in abundance between the Old Bridge and the mighty castle, an unparalleled choice of culture and entertainment, hearty yet heavenly cuisine and a picturesque setting nestled between the Neckar River and the foothills of the Odenwald forest.”
Elisabeth was born in a very intriguing part of the world.
The global travel leader Lonely Planet is swept up in the scenic magic, “Surrounded by forest 93km south of Frankfurt, Germany’s oldest and most famous university town is renowned for its baroque Altstadt, spirited student atmosphere, beautiful riverside setting and evocative half-ruined hilltop castle, which draw 11.8 million visitors a year.
They follow in the footsteps of the late 18th- and early 19th-century romantics, most notably the poet Goethe. Britain’s William Turner also loved Heidelberg, which inspired him to paint some of his greatest landscapes.
In 1878, Mark Twain began his European travels with a three-month stay in Heidelberg, recounting his observations in A Tramp Abroad (1880).
Unlike the vast majority of German cities, it emerged from WWII almost unscathed. Today, Heidelberg is one of Germany’s most enchanting cities. The longer you stay, the more heart stopping panoramas and hidden treasures you’ll discover.”
Okay, I think we understand in part why Elisabeth is so impressive. Look at her foundation.
She certainly has had a major impact on the propulsion of German female gymnastics.
During their run in Rio, Germany competed in the third subdivision of qualifications, starting on floor exercise. They qualified sixth into the team final and finished sixth in the final, the highest team placement for Germany since 1988.
What makes her accomplishments even more outstanding is what she had to overcome to achieve them. Like most super star world class athletes, she has had her share of devastating injuries yet she continued to persevere.
In an interview with excellesports.com she speaks to those accomplishments. “I think my career is a great one: I have international medals, 16 gold medals at German Championships, I’m qualified for the second Olympic Games and with all the ups and downs, all disappointments I had, I learned a lot for my life.”
If Elisabeth keeps this up, like Heidelberg, more romantic and innovative name assignations appear to be in her fairytale future.
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OPENING PHOTO CREDIT www.sportschau.de seitz
Sources: brainyquote.com, Wikipedia, fciwomenswrestling2.com, FCI Elite Competitor, photos thank you Wikimedia Commons.