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Tweddle Keeps Cool in Winning Third Title
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After taking her third consecutive European title on uneven bars, Great Britain's Beth Tweddle told IG she stayed confident as she improvised her gold-medal winning performance.

After taking her third consecutive European title on uneven bars, Great Britain's Beth Tweddle told IG she stayed confident as she improvised her gold-medal winning performance.

Tweddle placed first on the event at the European Championships held April 6-10 in Berlin, where she added a giant swing before her first release move on the upper bar and an extra glide after a Yezhova transition to the low bar. She credits her coach, Amanda Kirby, for training her to be prepared to adjust her routine as she performs it.

"In training Amanda always teaches me to carry on the routine, whatever happens," said Tweddle, who turned 26 on April 1. "I would have trained that routine in my gym, so when I go to competition and it doesn't quite go to plan, I can still do it."

Tweddle said her biggest challenge in Berlin was staying patient, since she was the last of eight gymnasts to perform in the final.

"I think it was harder just because it was a new routine," she said. "I didn't have the chance to touch the bars for 30-40 minutes, so to go out and go cold was pretty hard."

Read complete coverage of the 2011 European Championships in the May 2011 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe, click here.

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