Although two-time Olympic silver medalist Marcel Nguyen of Germany has been enjoying plenty of post-Games honors, he told IG he is also preparing for a busy competition schedule this fall.
Nguyen finished second all-around to Japan's Kohei Uchimura at the London Games held July 27-Aug. 12. In apparatus finals, he added a second silver medal on parallel bars.
Germany's Marcel Nguyen
"I had a lot of great festivities and experiences since London," he told IG. "My home club, TSV Unterhaching, and my actual club, KTV Straubenhardt, each organized warm welcome parties for me. Last week I was in Hamburg and was honored by the German magazine 'Sportbild' as 'Newcomer of the Year' ('Aufsteiger des Jahres' in German)."
Nguyen, who will turn 25 on Saturday, credited his Olympic success to calm self-assurance that he felt in the build-up to the all-around final.
"I had a strong season, with winning the gold medal on parallel bars at the European championships (in May)," he said. "My preparation also was quite good without any injuries, and after the qualification round I felt self-confident."
Nguyen said he felt sure he could win a medal after he hit his routine on horizontal bar in the fifth of six rotations in the all-around final.
"My exercise on horizontal bar was the key to my silver medal," he said. "After my strong performance I felt really self-confident and had a good feeling for my final exercise on floor exercise."
Despite the recent festivities, Nguyen has also been training for a busy slate of competitions until the end of the year.
"My schedule is really full for the next months," he said. "At the end of September the Bundesliga will start again. We have seven competitions and the final in Berlin. In December I will compete at the EnBW (DTB) World Cup in Stuttgart and the Glasgow World Cup."
Nguyen said major 2013 competitions such as the European and world championships will keep him motivated, even after his Olympic accolades.
"My success in London was really awesome," Nguyen told IG. "After the strong efforts I was able to take a short break. I recharged my battery and I'm now motivated to compete again."
Read about Nguyen's Olympic success in the September 2012 Olympic Games special issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe or order copies, click here.