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Silver A Sweet Surprise For Sweden's Adlerteg
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Sweden's Jonna Adlerteg told IG that winning the silver medal on uneven bars at last month's European Championships in Moscow came as a pleasant post-surgery surprise.

Jonna Adlerteg followed her historic silver medal at the European championships by winning the Swedish championships this weekend.

"We didn't know if I was going to be able to compete," said Adlerteg, who had surgery to repair an elbow she injured in January. "When the arm was better, we didn't have a lot of time to practice routines, so we decided to only do bars this time. I was just very happy that I was able to compete at all."

Adlerteg, who placed second to Olympic uneven bars champion Aliya Mustafina of Russia, said her performance in Moscow showed her newfound self-assurance. She was 18th on uneven bars in qualifications at last year's Europeans in Brussels; and 31st on uneven bars and 39th all-around in qualifications at last summer's Olympic Games in London.

"I think I've grown as a gymnast since the Olympics," said Adlerteg, who is coached by Sebastian Melander and Helena Andersson at Eskilstuna Gymnastics Club. "I'm more confident in myself and in my routine."

The 17-year-old Adlerteg returned to all-around competition at this weekend's Swedish championships in Bromma, where she finished first. She said she plans to "have a little break" before she begins training for the all-around at this fall's world championships in Antwerp.

Adlerteg's silver in Moscow was the first European championship medal for Swedish gymnastics in 50 years. As her fame grows at home, said she finds the media attention manageable while she prepares for future competitions.

"It's not hard for me because when I'm at practice I just forget all about that," she told IG. "But I do enjoy getting some appreciation outside the gym. It's fun!"

Read coverage of the 2013 European Championships in the May 2013 issue of International Gymnast magazine. Read "Swedish history-maker," a profile on Adlerteg, and "Swedish Upswing," a feature on the Swedish team, in the November 2010 issue of International Gymnast.

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