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Veteran Pavlova Prevails Over Age, Injuries
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Winner of two international all-around titles in the past month, two-time Russian Olympian Anna Pavlova told IG that competing at age 25 brings unique rewards and challenges.

Winner of two international all-around titles in the past month, two-time Russian Olympian Anna Pavlova told IG that competing at age 25 brings unique rewards and challenges.

"I have gained more experience, but it takes more energy, and my injuries are only increasing," said Pavlova, who placed first all-around at the Dityatin Cup held in St. Petersburg in mid-October, and first all-around at the Schiltigheim International in France on Saturday. "My body, after all the wear and tear, takes longer to recover."

Pavlova placed fourth all-around at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and seventh all-around at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Following Beijing, she suffered a serious knee injury (torn ACL), but resumed her career with the goal of competing for Russia at this summer's Olympics in London.

Although Pavlova finished first on vault and fifth all-around at both the Russian championships and Russian Cup prior to the Games, she did not make Russia's Olympic training squad for London.

Pavlova said her victory at the Dityatin Cup marked a new phase of her career.

"There was a significantly big break since the Russian Cup (in June)," she said. "This competition was the start of the season."

Pavlova said she still enjoys gymnastics, despite the toll it is taking on her mid-twenties body.

"The older you get, the harder it is," she told IG. "And every year you feel it more."

Read more from Pavlova in the December 2012 issue of International Gymnast magazine, including her thoughts on being left out of the race for Russia's Olympic team. To subscribe, click here.

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Mindi Kruse said:

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Go Anna!
So happy to see you are competing Anna. Your artistry on beam and floor is inspiring! I am a 33 year old gymnast myself and it isn't easy but it is sooo much more rewarding later in life. Good luck!
 
November 14, 2012
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