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With Every Vault, Robertsdottir Jumps Closer to Finals
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Iceland's Norma Robertsdottir landed on familiar ground when she vaulted during the team final and individual qualifications at last month's European Games in Baku.

Norma Robertsdottir (Iceland)

Robertsdottir's score earned her the spot as first reserve for the vault apparatus final.

The 19-year-old Robertsdottir was also first reserve for the vault final at the European championships in Montpellier, France, in April. She was third reserve for the vault final at the 2014 Europeans in Moscow.

Although Iceland placed 19th out of 25 in the Games team final, Robertsdottir said her individual strides in major continental events such as Baku are landmark achievements for the sport in her country.

"If we made any finals here, it would be very big for gymnastics in Iceland," Robertsdottir said.

Earlier in June, Robertsdottir won vault and balance beam at the Games of the Small States of Europe in Armann, Iceland, where the Icelandic women captured all six available golds.

Robertsdottir said that, although the Baku field was much tougher than the field in Armann, her team's international success is relative and progressive.

"The Small States competition pushed us very far," Robertsdottir said. "I think we have to start there and try to make more finals at bigger competitions."

IG's John Crumlish was a Games News Service reporter at the 2015 European Games in Baku. Read on-scene coverage of the Games in the July/August 2015 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe to the digital and/or print editions, click here.

Next up in the series: Jasmin Mader gladly assumes leadership role for Austrian team in Baku.

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