Piasecky Aiming for Peak Performance in Antwerp
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Slovakian Olympian Samuel Piasecky told IG that he is determined to compensate for his faulty performance at this spring's European championships by performing well at the upcoming world championships in Antwerp.


Samuel Piasecky (Slovakia)

"I am preparing a new routine on parallel bars,” said Piasecky, who will turn 29 on Oct. 31. "That's my priority. And good results, of course. But I will be glad if I finish the competition healthy.”

Piasecky, who placed eighth on parallel bars at the 2010 Worlds in Rotterdam, said he was frustrated by his 33rd-place finish on the apparatus at April's European championships in Moscow.

"I had some troubles with the bars, preparing them with magnesium and too much honey,” he said. "At the time I was very angry. I was thinking, ‘You are like a little boy.'”

Piasecky was far more accepting of his performance on parallel bars at last summer's Olympic Games in London, where he placed 11th in qualification and nearly made the final.

"Yes, it was close,” he said. "This is gymnastics. But I was really happy. It was my first Olympic games. Life goes on, and I will try the next time. This is my motivation. I need to be ready for future competitions and the next try.”

Piasecky said he plans to train consistently from now until worlds, which will begin Sept. 29 in Antwerp.

"It is the still same drill, every day and every month,” said Piasecky, who trains in Bratislava under coaches Martin Zlavo and Jozef Konecny. "But this is my job. It's a good job.”

Married and father to three sons, Piasecky said he plans to stay competitive while keeping gymnastics in proper perspective.

"I am not too young for gymnastics, but I can prepare for the next Olympic Games in Rio,” he told IG. "I must be careful. It is not easy to train in gymnastics, and I am dedicated to my wife and children. Family is the top priority in my life.”

Read a profile on Piasecky in the April 2012 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe or order back issues, click here.

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