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2016 Promises More Progress For Kazakhstan's Geidt
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International Gymnast Online's annual tradition of holiday-themed features continues with this feature of Kazakhstan's Anna Geidt, who said her performances at this summer's Asian championships in Hiroshima and this fall's world championships in Glasgow represent her competitive highlights of the year.

Geidt on balance beam in Glasgow

"The best moments were the competitions in Hiroshima and Glasgow," said Geidt, who finished 12th all-around in Hiroshima and scored over four points higher in Glasgow than she did at the 2014 worlds in Nanning. "These were my best competitions."

Geidt credits maturity and experience for her substantial improvement from the 2014 Worlds to the 2015 Worlds.

"I became older and wise," said Geidt, who placed 16th on vault at this spring's Challenge Cup of Ljubljana. "I have come to not worry so much before starts, and to think about each element."

Geidt aims to bolster all of her routines and become better known in 2016.

"I want to cleanly execute my program, and add difficulty," she said. "I want to be a more promising gymnast."

Born February 19, 1996, Geidt trains under coaches Galina Barkova and Konstantin Brodetsky in Almaty. Her family name reflects her partially German heritage; her paternal grandfather is German.

Geidt has firm goals for the new year that extend beyond gymnastics.

"I want to live and be glad in life, study well and train," she said.

Geidt's holidays will be focused on family and friends. "We meet the new year in a family circle," she said. "After midnight we go around and visit friends. Christmas is only in a family circle."

Although Geidt said New Year's resolutions are not a tradition, she and her loved ones aspire for prosperity in 2016.

"We simply want that the year would be productive and healthy," she told IG.

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