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Adlerteg on Tokyo 2020: ‘I’m Going To Try All Ways To Qualify’
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Known primarily for her medal-winning fortitude on uneven bars, Swedish veteran Jonna Adlerteg told IG that her third-place all-around finish at the recent Swedish Championships was a positive step on her way towards her second Olympic Games next summer in Tokyo.

“I've been trying to compete more than bars for quite a while now, but I've always had some kind of setback,” said Adlerteg, a 2012 Olympian, the 2010 Youth Olympic Games bronze medalist on uneven bars and a two-time European Championships medalist on uneven bars. “But now I was finally ready to go so I thought the Swedish nationals would be like a good try for me, with no pressure and no expectation. And I've been enjoying both training and competing on all apparatuses now.”

Adlerteg said she was provisionally content with her performances on the other three apparatuses at the Swedish Championships, where she also finished first on uneven bars and first on balance beam.

“I'm just glad I could compete,” said Adlerteg, who turned 24 on June 6. “I wasn't as prepared as usual since it was early in the season and I also did very easy routines. I'm satisfied I've made it this far but I need more training to reach my potential.”

Although a knee injury kept Adlerteg out of the 2016 Rio Olympics, she is confident she can qualify for the 2020 Games. She has been competing on uneven bars in World Cup meets as one way to earn a spot, but aims for a good all-around performance at this fall’s World Championships in Stuttgart as another possible route to Tokyo.

“I think I'm going to try all ways to qualify,” said Adlerteg, who is coached by Sebastian Melander and Helena Andersson in Eskilstuna, Sweden. “So my plan is to complete all-around in Stuttgart but my priority is going to be bars.”

Adlerteg also looks to improve upon her fifth-place finish on uneven bars at the European Championships in Szczecin, Poland, in April. She qualified first to the final, where she yielded 0.20 points in difficulty and subsequently dropped out of the medals when she did not connect her intended opening

To challenge for a medal in Stuttgart, Adlerteg is focusing on both difficulty and execution.

“I'm always aiming for better execution,” she told IG. “I might be able to get the D-score a little higher but I'm putting most of my effort to get a higher E-score.”

International Gymnast magazine’s coverage of Swedish gymnastics includes: Jessica Castles center poster (November 2018)

“A Swedish Champ from Argentina” - Marcela Torres profile (October 2015)

“Swinging for Success” - Adlerteg profile (May 2015)

“Swedish Achiever” - Ida Gustafsson short profile (June 2013)

“Scouting Scandinavia” - IG’s visit to clubs in Sweden and Norway (March 2011)

“Swedish Upswing” - Swedish women’s team feature (November 2010)

“Swedish History-maker” - Adlerteg profile (November 2010)

“Sweden’s Standout” - Mans Stenberg profile (March 2010)

“Veronica’s Date: 2008” - Veronica Wagner profile (February 2005)

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