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World Medals Give Yeryomina 'Confidence In Myself And My Strengths'
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The January/February 2018 issue of International Gymnast magazine includes a four-page feature on Russia's Yelena Yeryomina, who says that winning bronze in the all-around and silver on uneven bars at last fall's world championships in Montreal verified her talents and inspired her for future competitions.

The January/February 2018 issue of International Gymnast magazine includes a four-page feature on Russia's Yelena Yeryomina, who says that winning bronze in the all-around and silver on uneven bars at last fall's world championships in Montreal verified her talents and inspired her for future competitions.

"The medals that I earned give me confidence in myself and my strengths, and tell me that I can compete with the best gymnasts in the world," says Yeryomina, who trains under coaches Vera Kiryashova and Alexander Kiryashov in Pushkin, Saint Petersburg. "It is necessary to make my program more difficult and achieve stability."

Kiryashova says she immediately noticed Yeryomina's gymnastics potential when she entered the gym 12 years ago, but her intriguing character equally impresses her.

"The closer I got to Lena, the more I realized that her external traits showed a character, a rich inner world, a desire to be first," Kiryashova told IG. "She has everything to become an interesting person, both in life and sports."

Although her family name (Ерёмина) is pronounced Yer-YOM-in-a, she is indifferent to the variations in its transliteration outside Russia, including "Eremina" in FIG results as well as "Jeremina" in German, Dutch and Polish reports.

"In general, you correctly pronounce it 'Yeryomina,'" says Yeryomina, who will turn 17 on July 29. "But in my passport, I'm Eremina. In (most) other countries everyone abroad says Eremina and writes it, also. I do not pay attention to this, because they all talk about me!"

Read "Perfect Harmony," a four-page profile on Yeryomina and her coaches, in the January/February 2018 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe to the print and/or digital edition or order back issues, click here.

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