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Boczogo Steps in Style Toward Second Olympics
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Aiming to secure the Hungarian women’s only individual berth for this summer’s Olympic Games in London, Dorina Boczogo told IG she will keep artistry in her pre-Olympic training regimen.

Hungarian Olympian Dorina Boczogo

"I believe that gymnastics is a very feminine sport, and the judges look at the movements carefully," she said. "It is also important for me to give the spectators some elements of style."

Boczogo, who placed 53rd all-around in qualifications at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, said her performance at the Olympic test event in London last month showed the maturity she acquired since 2009, when she competed at the world championships in the same venue.

"I'm older, and I have a different attitude toward training," said Boczogo, who will turn 20 on Feb. 15. "My routines are stronger and more accurate, and I always try to do my best. As the (2009) world championships were also held in London, the apparatuses were already familiar to me this time."

Boczogo said she and teammate Laura Gombas, who also competed at the test event, are vying for the Hungarian women’s one Olympic berth.

"There was a competition in Hungary, where four of us competed for the two places for the test event," said Boczogo, who trains at Torna Club Bekescsaba. "We all knew that only one of us will be at the Games." Two Hungarian men – two-time world pommel horse champion Krisztian Berki and Vid Hidvegi – have qualified for the Olympics.

Until the Olympics, Boczogo said she plans to focus on all four apparatuses, with special attention to vault.

"I'm going to prepare for the-all around, but I need to improve in vault, because I may have a chance for a final in that," she said.

Boczogo placed 14th on vault at the 2011 world championships in Tokyo, and has won three of her four World Cup medals on the apparatus.

Also in Boczogo’s plans are university studies in Hungary, although she considered studying in the U.S.

"I haven't given up on going to the U.S. at some point in my life to work, to become a coach," she told IG, "but I decided to go to college in Hungary first."

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