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History-Making Mitchell Ready for Holiday Rest
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World floor exercise champion Lauren Mitchell (Australia) has had little time to celebrate her historic year, but she plans to take a holiday break soon. Pictured: Floor exercise gold medalist Mitchell is flanked by co-silver medalists Aliya Mustafina (Russia) and Diana Chelaru (Romania) at the 2010 World Championships in Rotterdam.

IG Online kicks off its yearly holiday series, bringing you the scoop on what the world's best gymnasts will be up to in the coming month!

2010 world floor exercise champion Lauren Mitchell of Australia has had little time to celebrate, but she told IG this week she plans to finally relax over the upcoming holidays.

Mitchell, who placed first on floor exercise at the world championships in Rotterdam in October, said her busy fall competition schedule has been too packed to reflect on her historic achievement as Australia's first female world champion. Her busy competitive year comes to a close following this weekend's Toyota Cup in Japan.

"I didn't have much time to celebrate after Rotterdam, as I had the DTB and Glasgow World Cups two weeks after, and I have the Toyota Cup," Mitchell said. "After the Toyota Cup I'm having some time off, so that will be when I will celebrate. I did get together with friends and family after my success in Rotterdam for a huge picnic which was absolutely fantastic."

Mitchell said she plans to enjoy a mellow holiday week, starting with a family gathering on Christmas.

"As Aussies we don't tend to have as many family traditions as in some other countries," Mitchell told IG. "This year my family are all getting together for Christmas lunch. I am also looking forward to some downtime over this break because it has been a really long six months. I aim to spend some time with friends for New Year's [Eve]."

Read about Mitchell's world championships performances in the December 2010 issue of International Gymnast magazine, and more on Mitchell in the January/February 2011 issue. To subscribe or order back issues, click here.

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