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Worlds Debut Helped Make 2014 Memorable For Norway's Braaten
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IG Online's annual holiday series continues with an update on Norway's Sophie Braaten, who was the sole Norwegian female to compete at this year's world championships.

Norwegian gymnast Sofie Braaten told IG that winning Norway's national all-around title and competing at this fall's world championships in Nanning made for a memorable 2014.

Sophie Braaten (Norway)

"These are the two biggest goals I set myself for the year," Braaten said. "I am proud of myself for making these goals even though I had an arm injury, where I tore a ligament in my arm, in the beginning of the year."

Braaten started her career at age 5 at Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy while her father, who works for the Norwegian military, was stationed in the United States. She now trains at Oslo Gymnastics Club in Hasle, where her coaches are Antonio Egri (vault, uneven bars and floor exercise) and Agneta Ergle (balance beam and floor choreography).

Despite a mistake on uneven bars, Braaten said she was pleased with her results in Nanning, where she was Norway's only female competitor.

"I am very happy with my performance in Nanning," she said. "My only big miss was a fall in my dismount on bars. I learned a lot from my experience in Nanning. It was my first time competing on a podium, which was very different but also very exciting. I gained a lot of experience from competing, and also I learned a lot by watching and getting inspired by all of the incredible gymnasts who were competing."

Braaten said her "ultimate" goal for 2015 is to again win the Norwegian all-around title. Doing so would help her pursue other goals for the year, such as representing Norway at the Nordic championships, the Northern European championships, the Europeans in Montpellier, the European Games in Baku and worlds in Glasgow.

"To achieve these goals I am trying to add some new elements in my routines, which will increase my difficulty," Braaten said. "Also I will focus on execution and try to get the cleanest gymnastics that I can."

Braaten said she plans to enjoy Christmas in an unusual setting.

"This Christmas is going to be quite different from my normal traditions," she said. "Since my dad is deployed abroad and cannot make it home for Christmas, I am going to travel to Thailand with my mom and brother to relax and enjoy the heat and beach."

Braaten is also looking forward to the end of 2014 and the start of the new year.

"I will be back from Thailand just in time to celebrate New Year's Eve with all of my friends," she told IG. "My New Year's resolution is to try to eat as healthy as possible."

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