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Hambüchen Healing, Hopeful For Big Events
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Three-time Olympian Fabian Hambüchen (Germany) told IG that his most recent injury may hamper him at the upcoming Europeans in Moscow, but he anticipates competing all-around at this fall's worlds in Antwerp.

Three-time German Olympian Fabian Hambüchen told IG that his most recent injury may hamper him at the upcoming European championships in Moscow, but he anticipates competing all-around at this fall's world championships in Antwerp.

Hambüchen said he is healing after he injured two fingers on his right hand during training on high bar last month.

"I didn't catch the bar correctly after a layout Tkatchev, and crashed into the bar with my fingers," he said. "The ligaments had been pretty sore, but they are healing pretty fast."

Hambüchen plans to perform on four apparatuses at the Europeans, April 17-21 in Moscow, leaving him unable to regain the all-around title he won at the 2009 Europeans in Milan. This year's European championships is for senior individual all-around and apparatus competition.

"I'm going to compete on floor, pommel horse, rings and high bar," said the 25-year-old Hambüchen. "I couldn't train so much on p-bars and vault because of my fingers, and that's why I won't do the all-around at Europeans."

Hambüchen has more ambitious plans for the 2013 World Championships, Sept. 29–Oct. 6 in Antwerp, preceded by the 27th World University Games, July 6-17 in Kazan, Russia.

"I see no problems for worlds and I want to do all six (events) in Belgium," he said. "But before that I want to compete at the Universiade in Kazan this summer, because I started studying at the Sports Science University of Cologne last autumn. That's an event I really want to go for. It's a new experience."

Hambüchen and 2012 Olympic all-around silver medalist Marcel Nguyen are among several veterans of the German team, which lost 2011 European all-around champion Philipp Boy to retirement last December.

As the next generation of German talent prepares to integrate with the team's veterans, Hambüchen said he wants to continue to offer leadership and experience to his squad.

"It's not easy to say which role I'm going take this year," Hambüchen told IG. "I just want to have the same role as in the past. Just being myself is a good role, I guess. It's exciting to see the new young guys trying to make the step to seniors, and therefore I hope to be a good contact person."

Fabian Hambüchen is featured in the following issues of International Gymnast magazine:

September 2012: 2012 Olympic Games special issue
July/August 2012: 2012 Olympic Games preview
December 2011: 2011 World Championships photo gallery
January/February 2011: 2010 World Championships photo gallery
December 2010: 2010 World Championships special issue
October 2010: 2010 World Championships preview
June 2010: 2010 European Championships coverage
April 2010: 2010 American Cup coverage
September 2009: 2009 World Championships preview
May 2009: 2009 European Championships coverage
October 2008 – 2008 Olympic Games special issue
September 2008 – 2008 Olympic Games preview
June 2008 – 2008 European Championships coverage
November 2007: Hambüchen on cover, "All-Around Great Guy" (Hambüchen profile)
October 2007: 2007 World Championships special issue
June 2007: Hambüchen on cover, 2007 European Championships coverage
April 2007: Hambüchen center poster
May 2003: "German Giants" (Hambüchen/Waldemar Eichorn profile)

To order back issues, click here.

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