Recovering from a pair of injured elbows she suffered at the recent Tournament of Masters in Germany, two-time Czech Olympian Kristýna Pálešová told IG she hopes to be ready to compete at the European Championships that will take place April 17-21 in Moscow.
Kristýna Pálešová (Czech Republic)
"I took five days' rest of the elbows, and now I am slowly starting to use them again in my training," said the 22-year-old Pálešová, who is coached by Kateřina Janečková. "It still hurts a little bit, but it's nothing I cannot handle. I only have to be very careful. So I really hope and want to be ready for Moscow in two weeks."
Pálešová hurt both elbows when she missed a Jaeger on uneven bars in qualifications at the Tournament of Masters/FIG World Challenger Cup, held March 21-24 in Cottbus, Germany. She remounted the apparatus, but aborted her routine after a bail to the low bar shortly thereafter.
"I went too far away from the bar on the Jaeger and I didn't touch it at all," Pálešová said. "So the first touch I felt was the mat under the bars. I had a quite lot of power so I landed a bit more on my arms and hurt my elbow. I wanted to continue with the routine, but when I did the bail afterwards I couldn't continue, because my elbow was painful."
Pálešová said she initially injured her right elbow on the same skill in training at the French International held March 16-17, but rested it prior to Cottbus. She said she was more disappointed than sore from the mistake in Cottbus.
"The worst feeling for me in Cottbus after I did not finish the routine wasn't the painful elbow but it was the fact that I gave it up, because I am not used to giving up," she said. "But I know it was a good decision to not finish the routine."
Pálešová said the injury, which was diagnosed as a bruised joint capsule and bruises to the ligaments around it, should require eight to 12 days of rest before the inflammation subsides.
Past misfortunes – including a serious knee injury in training at the 2009 World Championships and a foot injury in training at last year's Europeans – are helping Pálešová to stay focused and optimistic for Moscow, she said.
"I already learned through all of my experiences that the most important thing is to believe and stay positive in every way," Pálešová told IG. "And I also truly believe that everything happens for a reason, so I am always trying to find that reason to be prepared for next time not to make the same mistake. We all have to learn from our mistakes. That's my motto I am still trying to follow."
Read "Rebuilding Phase," a profile on Pálešová profile, in the June 2011 issue of International Gymnast Magazine. To subscribe or order back issues, click here.