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Fear Not a Big Factor in Kenis's Success
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As Belgium prepares to play host to this fall's world championships in Antwerp, 19-year-old Daan Kenis said he plans to upgrade and stabilize his routines.

Daan Kenis (Belgium)

Belgium's Daan Kenis told IG that nerves played only a minor role in his impressive 14th-place all-around performance at this spring's European Gymnastics Championships in Moscow.

"First of all I had great preparation, which gave me confidence that I could do well," Kenis said. "I didn't have to control my nerves, because I nearly didn't have any. I think that was because I didn't expect anything and I just wanted to do a good job for myself, no matter what the results were."

Born Aug. 28, 1994, in Mol, Kenis trains in Ghent under coach Dirk van Meldert. He placed 10th all-around at the 2010 European Junior Championships in Birmingham; and 11th all-around at the 2012 European Junior Championships in Montpellier, France, where he tied for third place on floor exercise, and finished seventh on parallel bars and eighth on vault.

Kenis said he enjoys competing as an all-arounder, although many gymnasts are achieving international success as specialists on one or more apparatuses.

"I like the variety and challenge of being an all-rounder," he said. "It's hard to be good at all apparatuses, but that is part of the challenge. You need to find a good balance. I would rather keep being an all-rounder than to go and specialize on my best apparatuses."

As Belgium prepares to play host to this fall's world championships in Antwerp, Kenis said he plans to upgrade and stabilize his routines.

"I need to get a lot more difficulty in my exercises, and then stabilize them as well as possible," he said.

Kenis is one of several gymnasts who are in contention for berths on the Belgian team to Antwerp. Others include Jimmy Verbaeys, who placed 21st all-around at the 2012 Olympic Games and 2013 Europeans, and first all-around at the Belgian Championships in May; and Donna-Donny Truyens, who placed sixth on pommel horse at the 2013 Europeans.

"If I go to the world championships and do all-around, then I aim for the all-around final," Kenis told IG. "But, to achieve that goal, my preparation must be optimal."

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