Swiss gymnastics legend G Steingruber, who recently retired from competitive gymnastics, told International Gymnast Online that the upheaval of her final competitive years gave her a favourable perspective on her time in the sport.
G Steingruber Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
The 27-year-old G Steingruber, who made history as the first Swiss female gymnast to win an Olympic medal and the first Swiss female gymnast to win a European all-around title, stated, “I had a beautiful experience in gymnastics.”
Injuries and my sister’s death have marked a tumultuous five years for me. To end on a positive note regarding gymnastics, I wanted to thank you all.
After this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, where she placed 15th in the all-around competition, G Steingruber claimed a break helped her make the choice to retire from competitive athletics.
G Steingruber, who finished 14th in the all-around at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and 10th in the all-around, third on vault, and eighth on vault in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, stated, “I understood that I had to listen to my body.”
“My body and brain were completely spent after Tokyo. While on vacation, I came to terms with the fact that I cannot continue. Until that point, all I could think about was how well my career had gone.
G Steingruber has achieved a series of top-tier performances at the Olympic, world, and European championship levels over the past decade, but she considers her Olympic bronze to be the peak of her career and Rio to be “my all-time favourite competition.”
G Steingruber had six top-18 all-around finishes at global championships, with a personal best of fifth place at the 2015 Worlds in Glasgow. Five times she qualified for the vault finals, and once she qualified for the floor exercise final; her best result was a bronze medal on vault at the 2017 World Championships in Montreal. The 2015 Worlds awarded Steingruber the Longines Prize for Elegance.
At the 2015 European Championships in Montpellier, G Steingruber won the all-around title, making history as the first Swiss woman to win the continental all-around title at a continental championship. She has won gold on the vault four times (in 2013, in Moscow, in 2014, in Sofia, in 2016, and in 2021 in Basel), gold on the floor exercise in 2016, silver on the vault in 2015, and bronze on the floor exercise in both 2014 and 2015.
G Steingruber claimed her resolve remained unwavering despite suffering multiple injuries over the past decade.
Swiss national all-around champion from 2011–17, as well as in 2019 and 2021, and previous Swiss Athlete of the Year award winner “I always keep my goals in mind and that is what inspires me the most,” remarked G Steingruber. For the record, I did intend to accomplish what I set out to do.
Rather Than Continue Competing, G Steingruber is Now Concentrating on Coaching.
She currently works as an assistant coach for the Swiss national team under temporary head coach Tony Retrosi (born in the United States) and Olympic bronze medallist Wendy Bruce-Martin (1992). In April, like many others, G Steingruber also enrolled in college.
Her intended career path, she told International Gymnast Online, is “marketing and management,” the field in which she is currently enrolled. I plan on attempting to mentor young ladies. Okay, I’ll go where it takes me.