Although injuries prevented Portugal's Ekaterina Kislinskaya from trying for this summer's Olympic Games in London, she told IG that her frustrations during the past several months have yielded more motivation and confidence than she had before.
"I'm happy to return to competition," said the Russian-born Kislinskaya, who dislocated her left elbow prior to last fall's world championships in Tokyo, which served as the first of two qualifying meets for the London Games. "After the injury it was very difficult. At first there was hope for the world championships, but that didn't happen. Then at a national competition (to qualify for worlds) I injured my leg and didn't compete. It was one problem after another. I was very upset and even thought about throwing away gymnastics."
Kislinskaya credits friends for encouraging her to resume training, although she was unable to compete at the Olympic test event in London in January, the second qualifying meet for the Olympics.
"It was good that, at that moment, there were people with me who supported me and believed in me," said Kislinskaya, who is coached by Pedro Roque at Ginásio Clube Português in Lisbon. "So I quietly began training again. Sometimes it seems these problems were for the better, because they changed my view on how to train correctly, and how to control my fears and emotions."
Said Roque: "Ekaterina has recovered from injuries that kept her apart from her Olympic dream. These last few months were psychologically very hard for her. She lost all confidence in herself. Now she's starting slowly, and hopefully she'll be OK for Brussels."
Kislinskaya, who said she wants to compete "at least" until the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, is also supportive of teammate Zoi Lima, whose performance at the test event earned her a berth for the London Olympics.
"My wish for Zoi is that everything will go well for her, so it will enjoyable and memorable for her whole life," Kislinskaya told IG. "Because such a chance doesn't come along too often in life."