|Aurelie Malaussena, the only French female to qualify for the all-around final at worlds, told IG she plans to continue celebrating over the upcoming holidays.
IG Online continues its yearly holiday series, bringing you the scoop on what the world's best gymnasts will be up to in the coming month!
After a successful year during which she became the only French woman to qualify for the world all-around final, Aurelie Malaussena told IG she plans to continue celebrating over the upcoming holidays.
"I'm really happy about my performance at the world championships," she said. "It's the result of consistent work that I did for 15 months in Paris with my coaches, Cécile and Eric Demay."
Malaussena said that, despite a major error, she was pleased with her 23rd-place finish in the all-around final in Rotterdam. She earned her place in the final through her performance in qualifications on Oct. 17 — her 17th birthday.
"I knew my qualification on my 17th birthday was a big gift," Malaussena said. "I fell on my first apparatus, floor, so I was a bit disappointed. Except that, I did a correct competition. I think that it was an extraordinary experience, and I wish to do it again soon."
Malaussena said she is now preparing for more gifts — on Christmas.
"Between Christmas and New Year we have 10 days off," she told IG. "I spend Christmas with my family where, with my brother, sister and cousin, we will wait for midnight on the 24th to open our gifts. For the New Year, I spend it with my friends, where we have a big party late into the night."
Malaussena said she is also readying to reach for important goals in 2011.
"My first objective in gymnastics is the European Championships in April," she said. "But my special goal is the world championships in Tokyo in October, where with the French team we have to try to be in the team final to have our qualification for the 2012 Olympics Games in London. For my personal goal, it concerns essentially my studies, because I have the first part of my Level (exams) in June."