An unlucky 13th at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, British star Daniel Purvis is focused on redemption as he returns to competition next weekend.
After a disappointing 13th-place all-around finish at this summer's London Olympic Games, British star Daniel Purvis told IG that competing in next weekend's Mexican Open will be a step toward restoring his confidence and consistency.
Purvis, who turns 22 on Nov. 13, is slated to compete in Acapulco on Oct. 12-13. Purvis finished second all-around to American Danell Leyva at the 2011 edition of the Mexican Open.
"I have had more time out of the gym than ever before so it's going to be really hard putting six events together," Purvis said. "I'm working hard again now, hoping I can put on a reasonable performance in Mexico."
Purvis, who helped the British men win the team bronze medal in London, said nerves hindered his individual results at the Games. He was considered a candidate for an Olympic all-around medal after he placed fifth all-around at the 2010 World Championships and fourth all-around at the 2011 World Championships.
Purvis said he has already shifted his focus ahead to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
"The disappointment has turned to massive motivation to prove to myself that I can compete at the highest level," he told IG. "I will try hard to make Rio because there is no better feeling than representing your country at the Olympic Games."
External Link: British Gymnastics
Daniel Purvis is featured in the following issues of International Gymnast magazine:
June 2012: 2012 European Championships coverage
March 2012: "Pure Purvis" (Purvis interview)
December 2011: 2011 World Championships special issue
November 2011: "Lilleshall: Backstage in Britain" (British team profile, with Purvis on cover)
December 2010: 2010 World Championships special issue
June 2009: "In Steady Pursuit" (Purvis profile)
To order back issues, click here.