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Ana Padurariu: 'I Treat Each Competition As The Most Important One'
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Called Anne-Marie, Ana Maria or simply Ana, 2018 world balance beam silver medalist Ana Padurariu has cheerfully and efficiently responded to the summons to help her Canadian team continue its upward surge towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Padurariu and her teammates earned a historic fourth-place finish in the team final at last fall’s World Championships in Doha, Qatar, where in addition to Padurariu’s beam silver medal, Shallon Olsen took silver on vault, Ellie Black made three finals (all-around, vault, beam) and Brooklyn Moors made two finals (all-around, floor exercise). The 17-year-old Padurariu shares her Doha experience, and her insights and hopes, in this IG interview.

IG: As soon as you landed your dismount in the beam final in Doha, you looked delighted and you clapped. What was your first thought as you saluted and ran off the podium?

AP: Once I finished the routine, I was just very happy that I ended without any big mistakes. I did not know the outcome at that time, but I knew that I did not let my coach and my team down.

IG: When you reflect on your performance in the beam final, what do you feel it demonstrated to you, in terms of your ability to hit under tremendous pressure in the biggest competition thus far of your career?

AP: I treat each competition as the most important one. This one was a bit different from the others because of the qualifications to the (2020) Olympics, and of course the pressure and the stress was to another level to not let your team down. Being part of the top eight gymnasts to compete in the beam final and against the most powerful and talented gymnasts in the world was already a huge accomplishment, so as the final came along, I just wanted to go out there and show the routine that I have trained so many times, and most importantly, have fun.

IG: In between your good beam performances in qualifications and the apparatus final came your routine with a fall in the team final. Was your fall the result of nerves, a technical issue or something else?

AP: My nerves did in fact get the best of me, and the fact that everybody had high expectations from me, including myself, was definitely a big factor.

Read the complete interview in the 2019 March issue of International Gymnast.

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