Congratulations to Miranda Tibbling from Sweden, IWGA Athlete of the Month of May 2022.
The 18-year-old traceur is setting the pace in Parkour! Gold medals in the Speed category at both the Sofia (BUL) and Montpellier (FRA) Parkour World Cups make Tibbling the one to beat in Birmingham (USA) when the best athletes gather for The World Games 2022.
The specialists in this discipline of Gymnastics were among the last to qualify for the Games from 7 to 17 July. At the same time, Miranda Tibbling has the chance to be the first woman to win a gold medal in Parkour at The World Games. The discipline is making its debut at the Games. Competitions in the medal events Speed and Freestyle will thrill spectators at the Sloss Furnace venue on Sunday, 10 July and Monday, 11 July.
Miranda Tibbling is a medal hope for her country in both disciplines for good reason. On the last weekend in May, in Montpellier, she led the field by more than three whole seconds – in an event measured to 1/1000th of a second. The Swedish superstar brings an impressive mix of strength, speed, courage, resilience and skill. Miranda makes traversing the 40-metre course, littered with ramps, rails and boxes up to 2.5m high, look easy.
Her most recent performance in Montpellier reminded fans that she has years of experience in bringing twists, turns, connections and impressive difficulty to the Freestyle arena. Qualifying for the final in third place, Miranda Tibbling stepped up when it counted and scored a silver medal with a breathtaking run, which highlighted her impressive range of aerial skills and bar work. It was a display that earned a noise complaint for the huge Montpellier crowd, and signalled to her competitors that she has every potential to capture a double gold in Birmingham.
The young woman is modest about her achievements, and grateful for the support of a strong Swedish team behind her. “Sweden is the best team in the world. That’s what we showed the world today!” she said after her Montpellier gold. And she wants to show that to the world one more time at TWG 2022.
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The World Games is a multi-sport event staged every four years by the International World Games Association, organised with the support of the International Olympic Committee. The 11th edition of The World Games will be held in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, 7-17 July 2022. 3,600 athletes from 34 sports and over 100 countries will take part in The World Games.