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Varinska on Worlds Pressure: 'I Managed to Cope With It'
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Featured in the December 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine, Diana Varinska of Ukraine told IG she was pleased but not completely satisfied with her performance at this fall's world championships in Montreal.


Varinska on uneven bars at the FIG World Cup in Paris in September

"I wasn't nervous, but not everything worked out," said Varinska, who placed 14th all-around and sixth on uneven bars in Montreal. "Especially in qualifications, there was strong stress, but I managed to cope with it."

Varinska (who also sometimes goes by the Russian version of her name, Varinskaya, on social media), turned 16 on March 22. Coached for the past decade by Yulia Kayukova, Varinska had a busy first year as a senior. In 2017, she competed at FIG World Cup events in Baku (first on uneven bars), Osijek, Paris (third on uneven bars and floor exercise) and Cottbus, in addition to the world and European championships. She suffered a leg injury a month before the European championships in Cluj-Napoca, where she did only uneven bars.

In Montreal, Varinska became the first Ukrainian woman to make a world or Olympic event final since 2010, when Yana Demyanchyuk qualified to the balance beam final at the world championships in Rotterdam, and the first to make a world or Olympic all-around final since 2007, when Alina Kozich (scratched) and Valentina Holenkova qualified at the world championships in Stuttgart.

Varinska followed her world debut in Montreal by winning the bronze medal at the Arthur Gander Memorial and fourth at the Swiss Cup (paired up with teammate Oleg Vernyayev), both held in November in Switzerland.

The December 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine includes "Montreal Milestones," a collection of profiles including Varinska, Giulia Steingruber (Switzerland), Tin Srbić (Croatia), Jorge Vega (Guatemala) and Claudia Fragapane (Great Britain). To order back issues, or subscribe to the print and/or digital edition of International Gymnast magazine, click here.

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