Hurd Aglow After Success In Qualifications
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After finishing sixth all-around and second on balance beam in qualifications, U.S. gymnast Morgan Hurd said she looks forward to an even more inspiring competitive atmosphere in Friday’s all-around final at the World Championships in Montreal.

“The energy out there was great, and I feel like the energy will be even better for finals,” Hurd said. “It was so fun to be out here, like a big glowing orb inside of me, I guess, just like, of excitement.”

Hurd said she was happiest with her performance on balance beam because it was “really solid, minus the little bobble.” She took her lowest score on floor exercise after she stumbled to her right knee on her third tumbling pass (layout front, punch double-twisting front).

“I thought I was going to fly out of it, and I was trying to save it, and I just held back a little too much,” Hurd said.

Hurd’s performances have put her in contention for two medals in Montreal, and have also shown her that she is capable of delivering a steadier program than in the past.

“I really wasn’t too shaky, as I usually am when I’m competing at P&Gs (U.S. Championships) or anything,” she said. “I just felt really excited. My coach (Slava Glazounov) always tells me to be calm, and everyone says to be in the moment, and I feel like I really did that.”

 

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