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Father: Patience Key in Komova's Recovery
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Faced with an ankle injury that has failed to heal, Russian superstar Viktoria Komova is heading for the same German clinic where teammate Aliya Mustafina underwent knee surgery this month.

The 16-year-old Komova heads to Munich with her mother, 1986 Goodwill Games champion Vera Kolesnikova, and Mustafina on May 15. Father Alexander Komov, also a Master of Sports in gymnastics, said he and his wife are encouraging their daughter to be patient as she deals with setbacks caused by the stubborn injury.

"We can only advise Vika to have patience and stick to her goals," Komov told IG.


Komova, who performed three events at the Russian championships in February, is going to Munich for examination of her right ankle.

Komova sprained and fractured her right ankle when she tripped over mats in mid-December, which ended a year of spectacular victories at the Russian championships, Junior European championships and Youth Olympic Games. After spending time in a cast, she returned to competition on three events at the Russian championships in late February.

However, the troublesome ankle caused Russia's coaches to keep the first-year senior out of the European championships, held April 6-10 in Berlin, in the hope the ankle would heal properly with further rest.

In Berlin, world all-around champion Mustafina suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament on vault. She underwent ACL repair a few days later at Sporthopaedicum, a clinic in Straubing outside Munich, and is expected to return to competition in 2012.

The purpose of Komova's trip to the same clinic is for evaluation by specialists, her father said.

"We hope that an operation is not needed," Komov said.

However, surgery is often recommended in these cases. Dr. Michael Canales, a former gymnast who now specializes in foot and ankle surgery, told IG he would advise surgery at this point for an injury that is not healing.

Canales, though he has not examined Komova, said a procedure called lateral ankle stabilization could help the gymnast get back to 100 percent. The operation stabilizes the ankle joint in order to prevent further injury.

"My post-operative course would be two-and-a-half weeks in a cast, and no weight-bearing, followed by aggressive physical therapy," Canales said. "She could return to tumbling in two-and-a-half to three-in-a-half months."

That timeline would make Komova questionable for this fall's world championships, at least on all four events. However, when keeping Komova out of Europeans, Russian coach Andrei Rodionenko already indicated a willingness to forgo 2011 events to keep the gymnast healthy for the 2012 Olympic Games.

"We have the Olympics — they are even more important," Rodionenko said in March.

External Link: Russian Gymnastics Federation

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LaurenW said:

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That is a pity but she needs to get this fixed. If it's not healed by its own after four months they need to just get surgery. I hope she can at least do bars and beam at worlds this year, and win both! GET WELL SOON!!!
 
April 30, 2011
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Lora said:

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Get well soon, Viktoria!! I love this gymnast and will be sad if she's not at Worlds but.... The most important thing is the Olympics! The results from Anaheim 2003 and Stuttgart 2007 were really irrelevant in Athens and Beijing... Different team AND all-around champions for the women. I think the Americans will go all out to win again this year, then show up in London hurting, and lose again. I hope Mustafina and Komova get better and show up in London refreshed and ready to kick butt.
 
April 30, 2011
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Anon. said:

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LOL. I wouldn't be so smug. The Americans have an excellent crop of new seniors (McKayla Maroney and Gabrielle Douglas, to name just two) and veterans like Raisman, Zamarippa, Bross, Sacramone, Memmel, Johnson and possibly Liukin and Sloan. I actually think we have a chance to have record-breaking results in Tokyo and London.
 
April 30, 2011
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JuliaK said:

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Ummm USA had Liukin, Johnson, Sacramone, Memmel and Sloan in Beijing and still couldn't win! I don't know why you're listing them now.

Plus, like the past two Olympics, USA is hurting on bars. Only five girls make up an Olympic team in 2012. Johnson, Raisman, Maroney, Zamarripa etc are all pretty weak on bars and Sacramone doesn't even do them. Wieber isn't that great on bars either.
 
April 30, 2011
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Lora said:

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Oh I'm sorry, I guess you hadn't heard - the scores from 2008 won't be counting in 2012! And where was Russia at the 2010 World Championships? Wearing the gold medal, despite counting THREE falls.

I think Anon. must be Marta Karolyi. I wonder if Marta thought China wouldn't be first in 2008 because they weren't on the podium in 2004... smilies/grin.gif
 
April 30, 2011
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Rich m said:

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@Julia- of course Memmel, Sloan, Sacramone, Johnson, Liukin were in Beijing and didn't win...they lost to cheaters! You can't compete with cheaters. Just hope Russia and US are both healthy come 2012...it's been so long since we've seen a truly exciting Olympic team Final!
 
May 01, 2011
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Lora said:

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"they lost to cheaters! You can't compete with cheaters."

Boo hoo.

Of course you can compete with cheaters. You can be BETTER. China had underage girls for years didn't win. Why not? Because other teams were better. If Sacramone hadn't fallen TWICE in team finals and USA had better bars, they could have won.
 
May 01, 2011
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Jonathan said:

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Can we please get back to Komova? Get well soon!
 
May 01, 2011
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Lora said:

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RUSSIA does not have bad technique. Nabiyeva, Mustafina and Kurbatova have crappy form on their vaults.

Komova, Dementyeva, Afanasyeva, Grishina, Semyonova, Pavlova etc HARDLY have poor technique.
 
May 02, 2011
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