Kuksenkov Keeps Hope for Olympic All-Around
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Suffering from a foot injury, Ukrainian star Nikolai Kuksenkov told IG this week he still hopes to compete in the all-around at this summer's Olympic Games in London.

Suffering from a foot injury, Ukrainian star Nikolai Kuksenkov told IG this week he will try to compete all six events at this summer's Olympic Games in London.

Kuksenkov suffered the injury in May, forcing him out of the European championships in Montpellier.

"I injured my foot on floor exercise, damaging the ligaments," said Kuksenkov, who turned 23 on Saturday.

Kuksenkov is still intent on doing six events in London — if his body will let him. His best chance for an Olympic medal lies in the all-around.

"I will be doing four events for sure, and vault and floor will depend on my foot," he said. "But I'm still trying to do the all-around, even if it will be very painful!"

Kuksenkov, the 2006 Junior European all-around champion, tied for the bronze at the 2011 Europeans in Berlin. He took fourth at the 2010 Worlds in Rotterdam, missing the bronze by .033. In 2010 and 2011 he struggled with a knee injury that limited him on floor exercise and vault.

"The knee is not sore, but it's the foot that hurts now," he said.

Ukraine placed fifth in Montpellier and sixth in the team final at the 2011 Worlds in Tokyo. Kuksenkov's father, Yuly Kuksenkov, is currently the team's head coach.

Read "Serious Contender," an in-depth profile on Nikolai Kuksenkov profile, in the March 2011 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To order back issues or subscribe to IG, click here.

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