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Ukraine's Kysla Keeps Eye on 2012 Olympics, University Degree
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Reflecting on a competition year that concluded with a gold medal-winning performance at the recent Grand Prix of Ostrava, Angelina Kysla of Ukraine told IG she looks forward to achieving new goals in and out of the gym in 2012.


Angelina Kysla (Ukraine)

"I'm already 20, but it seems to me that my gymnastics has only begun," said Kysla, who placed first on floor exercise, fourth on uneven bars and fifth on vault in Ostrava, part of the FIG Challenger Cup series and the final FIG event of the year.

Kysla said the highlight of her gymnastics performances in 2011 was the recognition she achieved during and after August's World University Games in Shenzhen, China.

Based on the medals Kysla won in Shenzhen (silver in team competition and bronze on uneven bars), she earned the title of Master of Sport of the International Class in Ukraine.

Kysla's other top results in 2011 included second place all-around at the Stella Zakharova Cup in Kiev in May; third on vault at the Dinamo International in Penza, Russia, in September; and third place all-around at the Arthur Gander Memorial in Morges, Swizerland, in November.

Despite Ukraine's 19th-place finish at the world championships in Tokyo in October, Kysla has faith in her team in 2012.

"Yes, we performed poorly, but I think that the 2012 team will have a lot of success and chances," she said. "We have good, young gymnasts and really good prospects."

Kysla said she intends to train hard to earn an individual berth to next summer's Olympic Games in London.

"I need to perform well as far as the week before the Olympics in order to make it," she said. "I would really like to advance to the Olympics."

Kysla said she is looking forward to celebrating a traditional family Christmas in Kiev.

"We go to my grandmother's and, in the circle of our family, we spend Christmas," she said. "Usually I greet the new year with my parents, but this year I haven't yet decided where and how."

Kysla's goals for 2012 are clear, however.

"In sport, my dream is, of course, the Olympic Games," she told IG. "But in life, it's to successfully finish university."

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