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Mitchell Eager For Doha Debut, 'Nerves And All'
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Preparing for the upcoming FIG World Challenge Cup in Doha, two-time Australian Olympian Lauren Mitchell told IG she is anxious to compete for the first time since the 2012 Olympics Games on London.

Preparing for the upcoming FIG World Challenge Cup in Doha, two-time Australian Olympian Lauren Mitchell told IG she is anxious to compete for the first time since the 2012 Olympics Games on London.

"Doha is a really good stepping stone for events later on in the year," said Mitchell, the 2010 world champion on floor exercise. "It is my first one back in a long time, and it's a really good chance for me to develop a base for what I need to do and work on in the gym for events later on in the year. I'm really looking forward to the competition, nerves and all!"


Mitchell at the 2012 Olympic Games

Since the 2012 Games, Mitchell has been healing from injuries, including a stomach-muscle tear that hampered her in London, as well as focusing on full-time university studies. She plans to compete on balance beam and floor exercise at the Doha meet that will take place March 26-28.

"My goals for both of them are the same," Mitchell said. "Basically this competition is one where I can get out there and show the program that I have been training and, in the process, get back into the international gymnastics community and show people that I am still in the mix. It will be a really good confidence build for me, as it will be my first competition back since London."

Mitchell said she will use the FIG Challenge Cup to kick off a busy competition year that includes this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and this fall’s world championships in Nanning. She won four gold medals, including one for the all-around, at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

"At this point in time I have put different skills in my routines to fit into the new Code of Points, which I haven't yet competed with," Mitchell said. "In terms of peaking, I'm not planning to peak at this competition as I still have to compete later on in the year, that I want to be fit and healthy for."

Although Mitchell has not competed since 2012, she said she has been readying herself in training sessions for the unique psychological pressures that competition bring.

"It has been a long time since London, and it will be a challenge to compete again after such a long time away," she told IG. "However, I've been trying to prepare myself mentally by playing little mind games during training when I'm going for a routine. That way I'm trying to be prepared for anything. Also going into the competition with the goal to get back into a 'competition phase' mindset, I think, will help reduce the pressure I put on myself and allow me to just perform."

International Gymnast magazine’s recent coverage of Australian gymnasts includes:
"Golden Surprise" - Lauren Mitchell cover story (January/February 2011)
Georgia Godwin cover photo (March 2014)
"Aussie Long Shot" - Daria Joura profile (July/August 2012)
Coach Peggy Liddick interview (January/February 2011)
"Late Bloomer" - Amelia McGrath profile (October 2010)
Lisa Skinner chat (September 2010)
"10 Questions with Naoya Tsukahara" - interview (September 2013)
"10 Questions with Olivia Vivian" - interview (March 2011)

To order back issues, or subscribe to the print and/or digital edition of International Gymnast magazine, click here.

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Rachel T said:

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Bravo Mitchell!
I am so excited to hear she is still competing. I feared she had retired after the Olympics. I hope she does extremely well as she is a leader when it comes to elegance and originality, which this sport needs dearly.
 
March 21, 2014
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