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Kryukov Healing, Hopeful For Third Olympics
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Recovering from a knee injury, two-time Russian Olympian Nikolai Kryukov told IG this week that he still has hopes to compete in next summer's Olympics in Beijing.

Nikolai Kryukov

Kryukov, the 1999 world all-around champion, injured his left knee on the landing of a double-front vault at the 2007 World Championships, held in Stuttgart in September. Kryukov finished the competition, however, and was the top Russian scorer on two of the three events he competed in the team finals.

"I feel better, and am getting treatment," Kryukov said. "The doctors say it was an injury to the interior cruciate ligament of the knee, and a compression of two menisci."

Kryukov said he is now aiming to compete at the 2008 European Championships (April 24-27 in Lausanne), and hopes to qualify for the Russia's 2008 Olympic team.

"I want to try, but I can't make conjecture because of my age," he said.

Kryukov, the youngest member of Russia's gold medal-winning team at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and a team bronze medalist at the 2000 Sydney Games, will turn 29 on Nov. 11. He said he plans a low-key birthday celebration.

"I will gather together a close circle of friends and family," he said.

International Gymnast Magazine Related Features
2007 World Championships Special Issue (October 2007)
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