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Fragapane: 'I Found A New Determination'
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Featured in the December 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine, 2017 world floor exercise bronze medalist Claudia Fragapane of Great Britain told IG she found a new passion for the sport after narrowly missing the final at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Featured in the December 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine, 2017 world floor exercise bronze medalist Claudia Fragapane of Great Britain told IG she found a new passion for the sport after narrowly missing the final at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Fragapane, a finalist on floor exercise at the 2014 and 2015 World Championships, was bumped from the floor final in Rio by a tie-break. In qualification, Fragapane tied Italy's Erika Fasana for the eighth and final spot with 14.333. However, the tie-break rules favored Fasana, as her Execution score (8.233) was .1 ahead of Frapagane (8.133), who ended up as the first alternate to the final.

After helping the British women place fifth as a team, Fragapane starred on Strictly Come Dancing, the popular celebrity dancing show on the BBC, from October to December 2016. Fragapane and partner A. J. Pritchard were eliminated in week 11, finishing fourth.

"Once I was back I the gym, I soon fell back in love with gymnastics," said Fragapane, who turned 20 on October 24. "I found a new determination to make sure I didn't miss out on finals in the future."

In Montreal, Fragapane qualified to the floor final for a third consecutive time, finishing fourth in qualification. Eighth in 2014 and seventh in 2015, Fragapane finally made it to the podium in Montreal, placing third behind Japan's Mai Murakami and American Jade Carey. It was her first individual world medal and second overall; Fragapane helped the British women win a historic bronze medal at the 2015 Worlds.

Fragapane is the defending Commonwealth Games champion in the all-around, balance beam and floor exercise, and is favored to make the English team again this year. The quadrennial event takes place April 4-15 in Gold Coast, Australia.

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

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