2012 Olympic all-around silver medalist Marcel Nguyen of Germany told IG that his break from competitions, including the recent world championships in Antwerp, should improve his medal prospects as he prepares for next year's European and world championships.
Marcel Nguyen (Germany)
"At the moment I am focusing on training new elements on all events," he said. "My plan is to compete in both the European and world championships in 2014. To be competitive at these events, I need to invest a lot of time."
Nguyen, who turned 26 in September, had an extremely busy and successful season in 2012 and competed without a break into 2013. He won parallel bars at the 2012 Europeans, finished second all-around and on parallel bars at the Olympics in London, and then won both FIG World Cup titles in Stuttgart and Glasgow. In the spring of 2013, he finished third all-around at the American Cup/FIG World Cup and sixth all-around at the Tokyo World Cup. He competed two events (still rings and parallel bars) at the 2013 Europeans in Moscow, making finals on both, before deciding he needed a rest.
"The Olympics, and the World Cup series which I was fortunate to win, took its toll," he said. "Therefore, taking a break from competition was really important both physically and mentally."
Nguyen said he is in the process of revising his routines so they maximize his chances for all-around medals at the 2014 Worlds in Nanning and 2015 Worlds in Glasgow, and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
"I do not want to go into detail in regards to my elements and routines," he said. "Due to the changes in the Code of Points, I could not maintain my routines as I had then, and I need to keep making adjustments. In order to have the chance for a medal in the upcoming competitions, everything will need to fall into place, including a little bit of luck."
Next on Nguyen's agenda is competing for his club, MTV Stuttgart, in the German Bundesliga, followed by the Team Challenge at the DTB Cup in late November, and a meet in Tokyo in mid-December.
Nguyen said he does not want to speculate on how he might have fared at the worlds last month in Antwerp, where 2012 Olympic all-around champion Kohei Uchimura won fourth consecutive world title and Nguyen's teammate, Fabian Hambüchen, won the all-around bronze medal.
"That's highly hypothetical," Nguyen told IG. "Kohei and Fabian both competed at a very high level, and I congratulate them for their success and the routines that they performed."
Marcel Nguyen is featured in the following issues of International Gymnast magazine:
November 2012: "Silver Streak" – interview
September 2012: Olympic Games special issue
June 2011: "Fast Mender" - profile
The November 2013 issue of IG Magazine, which includes in-depth coverage of the 2013 World Championships, is available now in print and digital format! To subscribe or order back issues, click here.