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Berger Getting 'Better And Better' After Knee Injury
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2012 Olympic vault finalist Janine Berger of Germany told IG she is progressing well as she continues to recover from ager a knee injury she suffered last Jane.

“I am still doing my rehabilitation but my knee is getting better and better,” she said. “But it’s a long time and a hard way.”

Berger, who tore her left ACL when landing a double-twisting Tsukahara vault at the German championships last June, said she is able to do limited training but hopes to soon increase her workload.

“I can do bars and dismounts on bars,” she said. “I can do beam but no floor and vault. I think that in three months I can do vault again.”

Berger said she was impressed by the German team’s performance at last month’s European championships in Montpellier, where Pauline Tratz placed 18th all-around and Pauline Schäfer placed seventh on balance beam.

“Germany did a good job,” she said. “We have a lot of injured girls and they did really well there.”

Berger said she is cautiously optimistic that she can return to competitive form in time for next summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

“I hope to be back soon, and my goal is to be back really fast but sure,” she told IG. “My goal is the Olympics, so I have time and I don’t want to risk a torn ACL again.”

International Gymnast magazine's recent features on German gymnasts include:

“Shooting Star” - Tabea Alt profile (May 2015)

“Tough Lesson" - Janine Berger interview (October 2012)

Kim Bui interview (April 2013)

Maike Enderle profile (September 2014)

"Renaissance Man" – Fabian Hambüchen cover story (December 2013)

"New View from the Top" - Lisa Katharina Hill profile (July/August 2013)

"Leaps and Bounds for Germany" - Nadine Jarosch profile (January/February 2012)

"Silver Streak" – Marcel Nguyen interview (November 2012)

"Quick Chat: Pauline Schäfer" (January/February 2015)

"Calm, Clean Style" - Sophie Scheder profile (December 2013)

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