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Mülhauser Aims to New Heights in 2014
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IG Online's annual series of holiday-themed features continues with Swiss gymnast Nadia Mülhauser, who told IG that her solid performance at this fall's world championships in Antwerp gave her confidence for competitions in the coming year. Pictured: The Swiss team poses with the latest issue of International Gymnast magazine at their recent training camp at All Olympia Gymnastics Center in Los Angeles. Left to right: Laura Schulte, Jessica Diacci, Giulia Steingruber, Nadia Mülhauser, Nicole Hitz, Sara Metzger, Stefanie Siegenthaler and Ilaria Käslin. Back row: assistant coach Fabian Martin and head coach Zoltan Jordanov

IG Online's annual series of holiday-themed features continues with Swiss gymnast Nadia Mülhauser, who told IG that her solid performance at this fall's world championships in Antwerp gave her confidence for competitions in the coming year.

"It was my first world championships, and it was an honor for me to compete for Switzerland," Mülhauser, who placed 42nd all-around in qualifications in Antwerp. "This was the moment, the highlight of my year. I was happy to do a clean competition without many mistakes. It's a motivation for the future, because I can see that I can do more."


Nadia Mulhauser (Switzerland) at the 2013 Worlds

Mülhauser said her 2013 results were even more meaningful since she suffered two injuries at the end of 2012.

"On a punch front on beam, I broke my big toe," she said. "After that, I could do only bars, and one time when I was on bars, my hand guard ripped and I broke my thumb. I just never give up, because I know what I want."

Born March 15, 1996, in Düdingen, Mülhauser trains under national team head coach Zoltan Jordanov and assistant coaches Fabien Martin and Sznezsana Jordanova. She finished third all-around at the 2010 and 2012 Swiss Championships, and fourth all-around at the 2013 Swiss Championships.

Mülhauser placed 15th all-around at the 2010 European Junior Championships in Birmingham, and 24th all-around in qualifications at the 2010 Europeans in Brussels, where no all-around final was contested. She won three medals at the 2011 Grand Prix of Szombathely, Hungary, and made the vault final at the 2012 Challenge Cups of Osijek and Ghent.

"I don't have one specialty, and I think I can really do a good all-around and help the team," said Mülhauser, who also won medals on two apparatuses at the 2010, 2012 and 2013 Swiss Championships.

Earlier this month, Mülhauser enjoyed a visit to the U.S., where she and her teammates took part in a training camp with the Mexican team at All Olympia Gymnastics Center in Los Angeles. She was able to work out with Olympic gold medal-winning AOGC gymnast McKayla Maroney, the 2011 and 2013 world vault champion.

"It was really great to watch McKayla train," said Mülhauser, who also spent time experiencing the California lifestyle. "It's just another mentality. It's all so big. It's warm, and it's really good."

Mülhauser plans to spend her holidays with family and friends before she resumes training on Jan. 6. She, two older brothers and their parents will celebrate Christmas in a "little house in the mountains" that they rent for the holidays near their home in Fribourg.

"There's snow, and it's very nice at Christmastime," she said.

In 2014 Mülhauser wants to reach new performance standards.

"I would like to compete with the team at Europeans and worlds," she told IG. "I would like to have more confidence and to be a good all-arounder. Most of all, I want to stay fit, without any injuries."

International Gymnast magazine's coverage of Swiss gymnastics includes:
"No Turning Back" - Claudio Capelli profile (June 2011)
"Swiss Hit" - Ariella Käslin profile (December 2008)
"Swiss Thrill-seeker" - Ariella Käslin short profile (January/February 2007)
"A New Swiss Standout" - Ilaria Käslin profile (December 2013)
"Full Force" – Giulia Steingruber interview (June 2013)
"A New Hit for the Swiss" – Giulia Steingruber profile (December 2009)

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