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Written by Amanda Turner    Wednesday, 09 May 2012 07:39    PDF Print
Bruised Knee Forces Yao Out of Chinese Nationals
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World all-around bronze medalist Yao Jinnan will miss this week's Chinese nationals due to a knee injury, her coach said Wednesday.

World all-around bronze medalist Yao Jinnan will miss this week's Chinese nationals due to a knee injury, her coach said Wednesday.

Yao suffered a bruised knee on vault on Monday during training in Shanghai, but is expected to make a full return, coach Wang Qunce said.

"Apparently it's not swollen and the MRI scan showed that the injury is not serious," Wang said. "She could return to training in one or two weeks."

Yao was the all-around bronze medalist at the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo, where she also won the silver medal on beam and helped China take third in the team competition.

Yao, 17, wanted to compete in Shanghai, where she was a favorite for the all-around title.

"Jinnan was eager to compete and she said 'I'm OK' after the injury," Wang said. "But to protect her from aggravating the injury, we persuaded her to withdraw. After all, this championships is not the deciding tournament [for the Olympics]."

External Link: Chinese Gymnastics Association

 
Written by Amanda Turner    Monday, 07 May 2012 08:14    PDF Print
Seitz Withdraws from Europeans with Back Injury
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German star Elisabeth Seitz has pulled out of this week's European championships due to a back injury, the German gymnastics federation announced Monday.

Seitz, the all-around silver medalist at the 2011 European Championships in Berlin, is suffering from muscle pain and inflammation. Team doctor Rainer Eckhardt said the back pain was triggered by her ongoing foot injury, according to the Deutscher Turner-Bund's website.

"We don't want to take any risks in regard to the Olympic Games in London and have therefore scratched this meet," said Ulla Koch, head coach of the German women's team. "The back muscles should calm down now in the coming days. We are confident that she can then resume training again."

Pia Tolle will replace Seitz in Brussels, where the women's European championships begin Wednesday. The competition is for senior team and individual apparatus and junior team, all-around and apparatus.

External Link: Deutscher Turner-Bund

 
Written by John Crumlish    Sunday, 06 May 2012 06:00    PDF Print
Whelan Willing, Able To Step Up at Europeans
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Although team star Beth Tweddle will miss this week's European championships following knee surgery, two-time British national all-around champion Hannah Whelan told IG that she and the rest of the squad are focused on defending their silver medal in the team competition.


Hannah Whelan (Great Britain)

"It will not be an easy task due to the strength of the other European teams, and we are also missing our team captain, Beth," said Whelan of Europeans, which will take place May 9-13 in Brussels. "We have been working really hard, and our aim is to compete as best we can and hit the routines we have been practicing in training."

Whelan, a 2008 Olympian, said she also considers Brussels to be important as she readies herself for this summer's Olympic Games in London.

"Europeans is a key stepping stone in my preparation for the Olympics, and the whole team and I have been working extremely hard at Lilleshall (British national training center)," said Whelan, who is coached by 1984 Olympian Amanda Harrison Reddin. "I totally trust Amanda. She knows exactly what she wants me to do and what needs to be in my training program in order for me to have a successful year."

Whelan said she is confident she can serve as a team leader in Brussels, especially in Tweddle's absence. The 27-year-old Tweddle, a three-time world apparatus champion, has won 11 medals at Europeans, including seven golds.

"It is a shame that Beth is missing out on Europeans, but her main priority is to get fit for the summer and she is recovering well," Whelan said. "I am lucky to have the experience behind me now to support and lead the rest of the team, and to make it enjoyable for the younger and less-experienced team members."

Whelan said her plans for Brussels include team and personal success.

"My priority for Europeans is to help the team achieve a good result in the team final," she told IG. "Individually it would be great if I made a final or two. As I said, my main goals are to help the team the best I can by hitting the routines I have been practicing in training."

External Link: British Gymnastics

 
Written by Amanda Turner    Monday, 30 April 2012 08:27    PDF Print
Pre-Olympic Injury an Emotional Blow for French Gymnast Della Vedova
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For French world team member Clara Della Vedova, the pain of losing a chance at this summer's Olympic Games is worse than the torn Achilles' tendon she suffered last week, the gymnast told IG. Pictured: Della Vedova, far right, helped France placed third at the London test-event in January.

Clara Della Vedova (France)

For French world team member Clara Della Vedova, the pain of losing a chance at this summer's Olympic Games is worse than the torn Achilles' tendon she suffered last week, the gymnast told IG.

"It's not easy, because I find it difficult to move," she said. "But I'm not suffering too much pain [physically], it's much more an injury to the morale."

Della Vedova, 17, suffered a ruptured right Achilles and sprained left foot on Thursday on floor exercise at INSEP, the national team training center in Paris.

"It was on floor on the takeoff for a tumbling pass that it gave way," Della Vedova said. "I was low and I landed flat on my stomach, also spraining the other foot."

The Troyes native was a member of France's squad that placed 10th at the 2011 Worlds in Tokyo. In January, she helped the French women take third at the second Olympic qualification event in London, earning the squad a berth to the 2012 Olympic Games. She was the all-around bronze medalist at the 2011 French Championships in Toulouse, where she also won the silver medal on floor exercise.

Surgery to repair the ruptured tendon is planned for next week, she told IG, followed by months of rehabilitation. After that, she said she is unsure if she plans to make a comeback to gymnastics.

"I still don't know if I'm going to do it, but it will be hard in my opinion," Della Vedova said.

External Links: French Gymnastics Federation, Official Facebook Fan Page

 
Written by Amanda Turner    Friday, 27 April 2012 15:51    PDF Print
Knee Surgery Keeps Tweddle Out of Europeans
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World and European championship gold medalist Beth Tweddle (Great Britain) will miss this year's European championships due to recent knee surgery.

Minor knee surgery will keep Great Britain's Beth Tweddle out of the upcoming European championships, British Gymnastics announced this week.

Tweddle, who turned 27 on April 1, underwent arthroscopic surgery April 20 to repair her left meniscus. She is the reigning European champion on uneven bars, but will have to skip this year's event, May 9-13 in Brussels.

"I'm disappointed not to be in a position to attend the Europeans but also thankful that this gives me the opportunity to get myself fully fit and ready for the rest of the season," Tweddle said in a statement. "Certainly it's much better for this process to happen now rather than later in the year! I am very much still in the gym every day and will continue to work alongside the British Gymnastics medical team to ensure I manage my recovery."

Tweddle said she underwent a scan last week as a precaution after her knee began aching. Surgery was planned immediately when the scan revealed the meniscus tear.

"It was all done within about 24 hours, so they were quick off the mark," she said Thursday at a media event announcing the team. "It had to be done then, otherwise it could progress into something bigger, so with the support of everyone we made the decision that it was best to get it done and dusted. It is just unlucky it has come at this time, but then it would have been even more unlucky if it had been two weeks before the Olympics."

First-year senior Rebecca Tunney, the 2011 British junior champion, will replace Tweddle on the British squad. The British women placed second to Russia at the 2010 European Championships in Birmingham, their most successful team result to date.

The British squad also includes 2008 Olympians Imogen Cairns and Hannah Whelan, as well as world team members Danusia Francis and Jennifer Pinches.

"The line-up for the European Championship demonstrates the strength in depth that we have, and I'm sure the girls will do a great job in Brussels," Tweddle said.

Tweddle is Great Britain's most successful gymnast in history, with five world championship medals (three gold) and 11 European championship medals (seven gold). Now a specialist on uneven bars and floor exercise, she is hoping to cap off her remarkable career with an Olympic medal this summer in London.

"It is important for us to protect Beth and safeguard her Olympic dreams," said Tim Jones, performance director at British Gymnastics. "It is in Beth's best interests that we have decided not to consider her for the 2012 European Championships, allowing her to spend the time working with the British Gymnastics Medical Team and her coach to ensure a speedy return to full fitness."

Tweddle left open the possibility that she could just do bars at the Olympics in London.

"Obviously floor's a bit more difficult [on the knee] but there is a potential that if I'm not quite ready on floor I could still make bars," she said. "As long as I can prove my fitness to selectors, and they're happy and confident that I'm able to go out and produce a result for the team, then I don't think there's any issues there."

External Link: British Gymnastics

 


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