Absent From Antwerp: García Going Forward Despite Disappointment
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Although she did not compete at this fall's world championships in Antwerp because a dispute over the Mexican team's selection process, 2012 Olympian Elsa García told IG that she is nonetheless eager for more competitions. Pictured: García (left) tied for the silver medal on floor exercise at the 2013 University Games with Canada's Ellie Black (right) behind gold medalist Ksenia Afanasyeva (Russia)

Although she did not compete at this fall's world championships in Antwerp because a dispute over the Mexican team's selection process, 2012 Olympian Elsa García told IG that she is nonetheless eager for more competitions after a series of galas at home.

García had been busy preparing for the recent International Gymnastics Gala series, which had shows Nov. 15 and 16 in Mexico City, and Nov. 17 in García's hometown of Monterrrey.

"So that's always fun," she said of the exhibitions.

The gala series included an all-star lineup of international gymnasts, including Olympic champions Catalina Ponor and Kristzian Berki (Hungary), as well as Mexican world medalist Daniel Corral, 2008 Mexican Olympian Maricela Cantú, plus standouts Eleftherios Petrounias (Greece), Flavius Koczi (Romania), Tommy Ramos (Puerto Rico) and two-time Olympian Dorino Böczögő (Hungary).

While she's ending her year on a fun note with the galas, García said she plans to get back to serious training for a very busy 2014.

"Next year there will be some World Cups, worlds and Central American Games, which are very important for my country," she said.

García placed seventh all-around and tied for the silver medal on floor exercise at the World University Games, held in July in Kazan, Russia. She said she might have fared well in Antwerp, where Corral won Mexico's first medal in worlds championships history when he tied for the silver medal on pommel horse.

"It's difficult to say what place I would have gotten at worlds,” García told IG. “But I think that, if you could take literally my scores from Kazan, I would have been in the all-around and floor finals, and kept writing Mexican gymnastics history as Daniel Corral did. But I'll just have to wait another year."

Read more from García and Corral, in their own words, in the December 2013 issue of International Gymnast magazine.

International Gymnast Magazine features on Mexican gymnasts and coaches include:

"On the Mend" – injury updates including Elsa García (April 2008)
Elsa García cover photo and interview (May 2007)
Elsa García profile (May 2006)
"Mexican Maestro" - Daniel Corral profile (November 2010)
Karla Salazar on cover photo collage (July/August 2010)
"10 Questions with Coach Antonio Barraza" – interview (April 2010)
"10 Questions with FIG Technical Committee Member Naomi Valenzo" – interview (September 2009)
"Catching up with... Tony Piñeda" (May 2009)
"Catching up with... Denisse Lopez" (April 2007)
"Mexican Revolution" – Denisse Lopez profile (February 2000)
"Mexican Evolution" - Brenda Magaña profile (November 2002)

To subscribe or order back issues, click here.

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