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Uzelac Back in the Gym
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Three-time U.S. junior champion Kristal Uzelac, who decided in October to return to competition, will compete at the upcoming Parkettes Invitational.

"I've been training on and off since November 2005, not sure what I wanted," Uzelac, 20, told IG. "I just decided that I really wanted to get out there again."

Kristal Uzelac

Uzelac will compete as a Level 10 at the Parkettes Invitational in Allentown, Pa. on Jan. 28. She said her main goal in coming back is to have fun.

"I don't have any goals right now, just to get out there again and see if I can do it," she said.

Uzelac won three consecutive U.S. junior national titles in 1999, 2000 and 2001. She was the all-around bronze medalist at the 2001 American Cup in Orlando, Fla. and the 2002 Pacific Alliance Championships in Vancouver, Canada.

Uzelac, who trained at the Parkettes club for most of her elite career, is now training at her family's club, Uzelac Sports and Athletics, in Johnstown, Pa. She trains four and half hours a day with her mother, Brenda, and also assists with her own training.

"I film myself and I try to help," she said.

Uzelac competed for Penn State in 2005, helping the Nittany Lions finish fifth at the NCAA Championships in Auburn, Ala. She graduated from massage therapy school in June 2006, and is a coach at the Uzelacs' club.

Uzelac, who estimated her abilities at 80 percent, said her routines will be watered down from what they were at the elite level, where her difficult skills include a Khorkina II on vault, a double layout on floor exercise and a piked full on balance beam.

Uzelac said she currently has no plans to make a return to the elite scene.

"I've thought about it, but I'm not setting any goals for that," she said. "I'm just here to compete again—I miss it."

Kristal Uzelac is featured in the following issues of International Gymnast magazine:

October 2002: cover photo collage, U.S. Championships coverage
March 2002: cover photo, Parkette Invitational report
October 2001: center poster, U.S. Championships coverage
May 2001: "Krystal's Clear" (short profile)
April 2001: cover photo, American Cup coverage
October 2000: U.S. Championships coverage

To order back issues of IG magazine, click here.

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