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Sweden's Wagner Enjoys Broadcasting Breakthroughs
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Although a shoulder injury has curtailed Swedish Olympian Veronica Wagner's dreams of competing in her second Games next summer, she told IG that she looks forward to covering the 2012 Olympics for Swedish television. Pictured: Wagner and her cohosts on Swedish sports show, "Superstars"

Although a shoulder injury has curtailed Swedish Olympian Veronica Wagner's dreams of competing in her second Games next summer, she told IG that she looks forward to new opportunities including her role as co-host of a weekly radio program and her recent performance in the television show "Superstars."

"I had a blast during it, even if it was kind of hard," Wagner said of "Superstars," where her fellow competitors the show included Patrik Sjöberg, a three-time Olympic medalist and former world champion in the high jump. "I'm small! After that I didn't know what to do with my gymnastics since my goal, the 2012 London Olympics, was gone. So now I'm taking it really slow."


Veronica Wagner (Sweden)

For the past two months, Wagner has been co-hosting a weekly radio program with soccer player Anton Hysén and 2004 Olympic high-jump champion Stefan Holm.

"There is a fun combo of people and it's hilarious in the studio," said Wagner, who competed at the 2004 Athens Olympics and qualified for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. "We talk about lots of stuff. Each program has its own theme, such as 'Are athletes smarter than normal people?,' "Cheating and drugs,' 'Sports stupidity, 'The most dangerous sport,' and so on. We laugh so hard."  

Three times per week, Wagner coaches swimmers in her Stockholm gym. "Sweden has lots of great swimmers," she said. "I work with them for strength, hard work and some easy acrobatics."

Wagner said a longtime shoulder injury prevented her from training on uneven bars from last spring until the week of this year's world championships, held in Tokyo in October. She was unable to try for a spot on the two-woman Swedish team for worlds, which served as the first qualification competition for the London Olympics.

The 24-year-old Wagner, who is coached by Staffan Söderberg at Stockholm Top Gymnastics, said she is nonetheless happy for Jonna Adlerteg, Sweden's top all-arounder in Tokyo. Based on Adlerteg's performance in Tokyo, she earned a berth to the second qualification competition, an Olympic test event that will take place in London in January.

As Wagner contemplates her future competitive options, she is already reflecting on her gymnastics achievements during the past three Olympic cycles

"Maybe I will try to help my team at the European championships and, a big maybe, I might compete at some World Cups," Wagner told IG. "But other than that, it's simply hard. I'm still very happy because I'm the only one in Sweden that made a little road for the younger girls to walk on. And I'm pleased with attending six world championships and at least one Olympics."

Veronica Wagner is featured in the following issues of International Gymnast magazine:
"Scouting Scandinavia" – visit to Stockholm Top Gymnastics, featuring Wagner (March 2011)
"Swedish Upswing" – Swedish team profile (November 2010)
"Veronica's Date: 2008" – profile (February 2005)
Quick Chat: Veronica Wagner (November 2008)

To order back issues, click here.

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