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Czech Veteran Komrskova Sets Sights on Milan
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Preparing for the European Championships that begin April 2 in Milan, two-time Czech Olympian Jana Komrskova told IG she has surprised herself by finding new motivation at age 25.


Jana Komrskova (Czech Republic) at the 2008 World Cup Final

"I do not understand that," said Komrskova, who competed at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games. "When I quit for the first time I said I would never do gymnastics again. After one year I came back and I felt better and more comfortable with my gymnastics than before. So I started to love gymnastics very much, and now it's the same situation. I feel great doing my routines again."

Komrskova did not try to qualify for the 2008 Olympics, but returned to serious training when her coach, Stanislav Vyzina, told her she had earned enough points on vault to qualify for the 2008 World Cup Final in Madrid in December. She placed seventh on vault in Madrid.

"I missed gymnastics a lot," Komrskova told IG. "I was thinking about starting again many times but then I came to the gym in October and my coach told me that I could go to Madrid for the World Cup Final. That was the moment when I decided to try it again."

Komrskova said she does not regret missing out on Beijing, where Kristyna Paleslova, the lone Czech female competitor, placed 21st all-around.

"Sure it was beautiful Olympics, but I really needed a rest," Komrskova said. "I think Kristyna did a good job and represented our country well. I was proud of her."

Scheduled to compete with Komrskova in Milan are teammates Eva Verbova, Jana Sikulova and Veronika Ozanova.

Komrskova's best Europeans results include sixth place all-around at the 1998 Junior Europeans in Saint Petersburg; ninth all-around at the 2000 Europeans in Paris; 11th all-around at the 2002 Europeans in Patras. She was seventh on vault at the 2007 Europeans in Amsterdam.

Although Komrskova has been training on only vault and balance beam for the Europeans, she said she plans to resume training on all four events.

"I train less then before, but there is much more of quality in my training right now," she said.

Regarding the possibility of competing in London at the 2009 World Championships in October or the 2012 Olympic Games, Komrskova said she is not sure how long she will continue this latest phase of her career.

"I really don't know yet, but never say never," she said.

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