Although 2009 World Championships all-around finalist Veronica Wagner of Sweden competed only on balance beam at the worlds currently taking place in Rotterdam, she told IG she is happy to be competing at all following a foot injury.
"I was so glad to be back on track again at the last worlds, and I was in great shape afterward," said Wagner, 23. "But suddenly I landed in the pit and nearly ripped off the plantar fascia in my foot, so I got a plaster (cast) for three months. But I decided I couldn't leave gymnastics, so I'm sticking with it."
Wagner, who in 2004 represented the Swedish women in Olympic competition for the first time in 20 years, said her minimal showing in Rotterdam does not mean her enthusiasm is diminishing.
"This fall I might go to Australia or the U.S. for a month of training, just to get that extra boost," she told IG. "But hey, I have to make great things on my own. I just hope I can stay healthy, and, if I'm lucky, be able to continue for some more major competitions."
Read an in-depth feature on Wagner and the rejuvenated Swedish women’s national program in the November 2010 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe to IG Magazine, click here.