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Written by Amanda Turner    Thursday, 11 February 2016 18:57    PDF Print
Tweddle Takes First Steps After Spinal Surgery
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British legend Beth Tweddle has taken her first steps following surgery after breaking her neck filming reality TV series ''The Jump'', her family reported Wednesday.

British gymnastics legend Beth Tweddle has taken her first steps following surgery after breaking her neck filming reality TV series The Jump, her family reported Wednesday.

"Since her surgery, Beth has managed to walk a few steps whilst being assisted by the nursing team," reported her parents, Ann and Jerry Tweddle, on her official website. "She is still very tired from the operation but the medical team are pleased with the progress she is making. At the moment we aren't certain of the timescale for her recovery. We are taking each day as it comes."

Tweddle, 30, underwent surgery to fuse two fractured vertebrae in her neck on Sunday, a day after she crashed into a barrier after executing a ski jump filming Channel 4 reality series ''The Jump'' in Austria. A piece of bone from her hip was used to fuse the vertebrae.

"The early medical indications were positive as Beth was able to move her hands and feet, despite being in a lot of discomfort," her parents said. "It was a scary time for all of us and we're just very grateful that the operation was a success."

The three-time Olympian is Britain's most successful gymnast in history, with one Olympic, five world, and 10 European medals. She is no stranger to injury, undergoing at least five surgeries on her ankles and feet during her lengthy career, which limited her to a bars and floor specialist in later years. Following her retirement after the 2012 Olympic Games, she won the reality series ''Dancing on Ice''.

The Jump is a reality television competition featuring athletes and celebrities attempting Winter Olympic events, including ski jumping, skeleton and bobsled. The third season began on January 31, but Tweddle was already the third athlete to withdraw with injury. Since Tweddle's injury, two more contestants have gone down with injury: Made in Chelsea star Mark-Francis Vandelli withdrew with a fractured ankle and Olympic champion sprinter Linford Christie has been forced out with a hamstring injury. Seven of the 12 original contestants have suffered some kind of injury.

External Link: Beth Tweddle's Official Website

 
Written by John Crumlish    Tuesday, 09 February 2016 10:44    PDF Print
Rio Olympics Main Aim For Germany’s Alt
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First-year senior Tabea Alt of Germany told IG she is eager to use next month’s American Cup in Newark as the start of her campaign to qualify for this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.


Tabea Alt (Germany)

"I feel very excited about this competition," said Alt, who placed third on balance beam and 14th all-around at the 2014 European junior championships in Sofia. "I'm very happy and I think it's a great opportunity for me. My goals for the American Cup are to have a good competition and show all my elements well. It's a great start to the senior level, so I think I can get a lot of experience at the American Cup. Also, for my plan to qualify to Rio, it's great to have this competition at the beginning of the year."

Alt, who will turn 16 on March 18, said the German team can perform better than it did at last fall’s world championships in Glasgow, where it placed 12th. The top eight teams in Glasgow earned automatic berths to the Rio Games. Germany and seven other countries advanced to the Olympic test event in Rio in April, from which four additional teams will earn berths to the Games.

"In my opinion the team was very nervous in Glasgow and they couldn't show all their capabilities," Alt said. "Therefore the German team has many reserves and we are still motivated. To do better at the test event in Rio, we have to be more focused on the team and not so much on ourselves. We all have one goal and, as a good team, I am sure we will reach this."

Alt said she is ready for the opportunities that the Olympic year will present to her.

"I'm very motivated for the whole year 2016," Alt told IG. "It's a great chance and I will train very hard, always being focused on my goal. My coaches, physiotherapists and mental coach are preparing me as well as they can, doing their best for the coming challenges. Additionally, my school helps me with school stretching (extending her studies another year). That means I have more possibilities to organize my training. At the end we will see how far I reach towards my goal, but I'm looking forward to the coming times."

Read a profile on Tabea Alt in the May 2015 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To order back issues, or subscribe to the print and/or digital editions of IG Magazine, click here.

 
Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 07 February 2016 16:50    PDF Print
Tweddle Suffers Serious Back Injury on "The Jump"
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Retired British star Beth Tweddle suffered a serious back injury Saturday while training for the reality television show The Jump in Austria, and reportedly has undergone back surgery to repair two fractured vertebrae.


Tweddle reportedly suffered two fractured vertebrae in the crash on Saturday.

The three-time Olympian was in Austria filming the reality show, which features celerities and athletes trying to master Winter Olympic sports, including ski jump, skeleton and bobsleigh.

According to a statement from the Channel 4 network, "Beth was on the jump on Saturday afternoon and managed to pull it off correctly. But she didn’t slow down in time or didn’t stop properly and crashed into a barrier."

Tweddle was airlifted to a hospital. Her family released an update, saying "She is stable and due to undergo routine surgery on her back. Beth and the family would like to thank everyone for their good wishes. We will keep you updated on her progress."

The Jump, which just began airing its third season on January 31, has come under criticism for its dangerous stunts. Tweddle's injuries are not the first this season. Olympic champion swimmer Rebecca Adlington suffered a severely dislocated shoulder, and actress Tina Hobley was forced to withdraw after dislocating her elbow.

Tweddle is the most successful British gymnast of all time, with five world medals (including three gold), and 11 European medals (six gold). She capped her career with a bronze medal on uneven bars at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Tweddle, who was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2010, followed her Olympic medal with a victory in the 2013 season of Dancing On Ice.

External Link: Beth Tweddle on Twitter

 
Written by Admin    Friday, 05 February 2016 08:41    PDF Print
Dragulescu, 35, Is Still Young at Heart
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Eight-time world champion Marian Dragulescu of Romania told IG that, at age 35, he still feels youthful as he prepares for this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

“I consider myself younger than many gymnasts who are younger than me,” said Dragulescu, who earned an individual berth to the 2016 Rio Olympics by virtue of his second-place finish on vault at last fall’s world championships in Glasgow. “Sport means to me, among other qualities, health and youth.”

In an effort to finally win the Olympic gold medal that has eluded him in the past, Dragulescu told IG he is training three vaults, two of which are not in the Code of Points. (He would not say what they were!)

Read “Golden Quest,” an in-depth interview with Dragulescu, in the January/February 2016 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions of IG magazine, click here.

 
Written by John Crumlish    Wednesday, 27 January 2016 05:03    PDF Print
Brazilian Women Eager To 'Get It Done,' Alexandrov Says
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Brazilian women's team coach Alexander Alexandrov told IG that, following a recent senior national team training camp, his gymnasts are ready to vie for a berth to this summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.


Alexander Alexandrov, Brazilian women's coach

"Everyone is training well and is focused," said Alexandrov, who was the head coach of Russia's silver medal-winning squad at the 2012 Olympic Games. "All gymnasts understand that qualifying for the Olympics will not be easy, but that we must do it. I can say that the girls are very eager to show what they are made of and to get it done."

Brazil finished ninth in qualifications at last fall's world championships in Glasgow, from which the top eight teams earned automatic berths to the Rio Games. The next eight teams in Glasgow have advanced to the Olympic test event in Rio in April, from which the top four teams will qualify to the Games.

Alexandrov said rising talent Rebeca Andrade, who tore her right ACL last June, is in the process of healing.

"Rebeca is back to training and is currently training with the national team," he said. "She is working hard. Unfortunately as of today, she is still not quite 100 percent, but we are all working hard on helping her to fully recover as soon as possible."

Alexandrov said some first-year seniors are integrating with the older gymnasts, as well.

"We do have a couple of new girls that are training with the main team," he told IG. "This is their first year as seniors, but I don't yet know if any of them will be competing on the national team. The results and time will show."

Read "Rebuilding Brazil," an in-depth interview with Alexandrov, in the January/February 2014 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To order back issues, or subscribe to the print and/or digital editions of International Gymnast magazine, click here.

 


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