Coping with recent surgery and considering her training options, 2009 world vault finalist Brittany Rogers of Canada remains optimistic as she approaches this fall's world championships in Tokyo.
Rogers at the 2009 Worlds in London
Rogers, the 2008 Elite Canada senior champion, broke her left foot at last spring's Pacific Rim Championships in Melbourne. The British Columbia native is determined to regain her form and earn a berth to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. She placed 19th all-around and seventh on vault at the 2009 World Championships that also took place in London.
In this IG Online interview, the 17-year-old Rogers offers her thoughts on recovery, returning to competition and her ongoing role in Canada's quest to qualify a full team to the 2012 Olympics.
IG: How close to completely healed is your foot, and when you think you'll be training full-force?
BR: When I broke my foot in April, the doctors didn't want to do surgery on it and wanted to see if it would heal on its own. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case, so I had surgery done in November. After seeing the surgeon again recently, he gave me the go-ahead to start increasing my training load with no restrictions, which was pretty exciting news after hearing doctors telling me to hold back and take it easy for nine months. There's no set time or date that I'll be training full-force. I'm just taking it day by day, but I'll be back at it very soon! I have a great physio(therapist) and orthopod (orthopedist) who are working with me with rehab.
IG: After a great year in 2009, you had to sit out most of 2010 with your injury. How have you managed to stay patient and not feel you are missing out too much?
BR: Gymnastics is the biggest part of my life, and it was far from easy missing almost a full season of competitions. I have the best support system behind me, who have helped me tremendously by keeping me focused and in shape, gearing up to get back at it and be the best I can be.
IG: What are your goals for 2011 - regaining your old tricks, learning new tricks and/or going to worlds?
BR: My main goal for 2011 is to maintain a healthy body. If I can do that, I'll be the happiest girl in the world! As far as competitions go, Nationals (in May) will be my main goal for the near future. Depending on how well Nationals go, it will determine if I compete at Worlds or any other upcoming competitions. For skills, I've always been trying to focus on cleaning my routines up and focusing on my E (Execution) scores. I've also started wearing grips on bars, which is super-exciting and a huge change, but I love them!
IG: We noticed on the latest Canadian team listing that your affiliation is "unattached." If this means you are training under different coaches or a different club, when and why you made a change? (Rogers has been training under coaches Vladimir and Svetlana Lashin at Omega Gymnastics Academy in Coquitlam, B.C.)
BR: Due to the length of time my injury has taken to heal, I have used that time to reflect on where I was and where I wanted to go. I am currently evaluating my coaching options and will be making a final decision soon.
IG: 2011 is such an important year not only for you, but the Canadian team trying to qualify for London. Although it's early in the year, what do you think are the key areas on which you personally need to focus, and on which your team needs to focus?
BR: All of the teams looking to qualify for the Olympics are looking for stability and consistency. We need to be sure our team can perform under pressure and put our best routines out there. I'm really making sure that my routines are stable and clean.
Brittany Rogers is featured in the following issues of International Gymnast magazine:
January/February 2010 – 2009 World Championships photo gallery
July/August 2007 – “"Shooting Star" (Rogers profile)
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