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Absent from Antwerp: Adlerteg Avoids 'What If?' Thoughts About Worlds
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Although Swedish Olympian and European medalist Jonna Adlerteg missed the recent world championships in Antwerp because of a mysterious allergic reaction, she told IG she has recovered and is eager for upcoming competitions.

Jonna Adlerteg (Sweden)

"Today I'm fine and I'm working toward next European championships (in 2014) together with the rest of my teammates here at Eskilstuna (Gymnastics Club)," she said. "In December we're going to Brazil for a camp, so I'm really excited about that."

Adlerteg finished second on uneven bars to Olympic champion Aliya Mustafina at the 2013 Europeans, held in April in Moscow, winning Sweden's first European gymnastics championship medal in 50 years. She also won the bronze medal on uneven bars at the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore.

But she said she was forced to skip worlds because of an allergic reaction that gave her "really bad" rashes and prevented her from training.

"We just felt that I didn't have enough time to recover and get back in shape for the world championships," said Adlerteg, who is coached by Sebastian Melander and Helena Andersson. "We don't know the cause of the allergic reaction."

Adlerteg said is not dwelling on how she might have fared at the world championships in Antwerp.

"That's really hard to tell," she said. "You never know what could have happened, but I do know that my previous results on bars and in the all-around could have made it to the finals if I made a good competition. But, as I said, you never know, and I don't like to think about 'what if?' Now I'm only looking forward, toward the European championships."

Despite missing worlds, Adlerteg said she remains optimistic about future success.

"I never lose focus or lack motivation during practice," she told IG. "But sometimes I'm just thinking about my big achievement in Moscow to kind of calm myself down and stay positive when things don't go my way."

International Gymnast magazine's coverage of Scandinavian gymnasts includes:

Swedish History-maker" - Jonna Adlerteg profile (November 2010)
Scouting Scandinavia" – feature on IG's visit to clubs in Sweden and Norway (March 2011)
Swedish Upswing" – women's team feature (November 2010)
Swedish Achiever" - Ida Gustafsson short profile (June 3013)
Sweden's Standout" - Mans Stenberg profile (March 2010)
Quick Chat: Veronica Wagner" (November 2008)
Veronica's Date: 2008" – Veronica Wagner profile (February 2005)
Swedish Sojourn" – Karolina Bohman profile (February 2003)

Great Danes" - profile on Rasmus Brandtoft and Kasper Fardan (January 2004)

Hope in Helsinki" – feature on IG's visit to Voimisteluseura VSH men's club (January 2013) Fearless Finn" – Tomi Tuuha interview/photo gallery (December 2012)
10 Questions with Jani Tanskanen" – interview with FIG Athletes' Commission president (October 2010)
Second Youth" – Jani Tanskanen profile (January/February 2007)
Flight of Faith" – Annamari Maaranen profile (November 2007)

Icelandic Warm-up" - feature on IG's visit to Icelandic clubs (November 2012)
She's Keeping Her Cool" - feature on Sigga Bergthorsdottir (October 2012)

Scouting Scandinavia" - feature on IG's visit to clubs in Sweden and Norway (March 2011)
Elder Statesman" - Espen Jansen profile (May 2009)

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