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Sweden's Castles: 'I've Tried Not To Overthink It'
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A series of flashbacks from the 2018 World Championships in Doha.

English-born Swedish gymnast Jessica Castles enjoyed a homecoming of sorts in Doha.

Castles, the daughter of a Swedish mother and an English father, began her gymnastics career at age 3 in Doha. She lived and trained there for nine years before moving back to England at age 12. Her father continues to reside there, where he works in the construction industry.

“I’m here mainly to get the experience, and try to perform my routines as best I can,” Castles said. “I’ve tried not to think about it too much, or overthink it..”

The 16-year-old Castles said the choice to pursue Swedish representation, based on her dual citizenship, came with relative ease.

“I didn’t really struggle with it that much, because I’ve always felt quite Swedish,” said Castles, who finished 47th all-around in qualifications in Doha. “My mother has always kept Swedish traditions in our family.”

IG’s John Crumlish was chief editor/reporter for the News Service at the 2018 World Gymnastics Championships.

Castles is featured as the center poster in the November 2018 issue of International Gymnast magazine; read complete coverage of the 2018 World Championships in the December 2018 issue.

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