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Lenika de Simone (Spain)
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Lenika de Simone
Spain
Birth name Lénika de Simone Blanco
Discipline Women's Artistic Gymnastics
Date/Place of Birth Aug. 29, 1988/Hollywood, Fla., USA
Residence Madrid
Coached by Jesus Carballo, Almudeña San Jose
Official Web site Lenika.com
IG Online 2008 Olympic Survey
I first dreamed of competing in the Olympics when... I was 7 years old.
The Olympics would be perfect if... they could be in Madrid and the Spanish team would win a medal!
The team that I hope wins the women's competition is... USA or China.
Notable Results

Team AA
2008 European Championships         6  
2007 World Championships 15 17        
2006 European Championships       3 2  
2006 World Cup Final         3  
2006 Ghent World Cup         1 1
2005 World Championships   14        
2003 World Championships 5          
Biography
Spanish champion Lenika de Simone has persevered past disappointment and tragedy on her way to Beijing.

Born in Florida to a Spanish mother and Argentinian father, de Simone began gymnastics in the United States, and competed through Level 10 at American Twisters. She moved to Spain in 2001 and joined the national team.

She was a competitor at the 2003 World Championships in Anaheim, where she helped Spain finish fifth in the team competition. In the summer of 2004, however, she suffered a leg injury and was unable to compete at the 2004 Olympics.

With Beijing in sight, she returned to form and has been Spain's most successful gymnast of the quadrennium. Her best year was 1996, when she won two World Cup gold medals, two medals at the European Championships and a bronze at the World Cup Final.

In the spring of 2007, as de Simone was preparing for the European Championships, her father was killed in a car accident in Florida. In August 2007, her former coach Tim Rand died of a sudden heart attack.

In 2008 she gained acceptance to Stanford University, where she hopes to balance academics and collegiate gymnastics while still representing Spain internationally.

She has an older brother Alejandro, a student at John Hopkins University in Maryland.