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Tweddle Treats Dutch with Holiday Display
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Continuing IG Online's series of holiday features on gymnasts around the world, 2006 world uneven bars champion Beth Tweddle (Great Britain) talks about her Christmastime visit to the Netherlands.

"I will be in Holland until Christmas Eve doing a display," Tweddle told IG. "I will then spend Christmas Day with family and friends. Then I'll travel down south on the 27th to see grandparents and cousins, as they are all based down there."

In 2006, Tweddle's outstanding uneven bars performances made her the first British gymnast win gold at several major events — the senior European Championships, the World Championships and the World Cup Final.

Tweddle, who resides in Bunbury, Cheshire, is looking forward to a quiet Christmas, spending the day with her family.

"I don't get much time to see them through the year," she said.

Coached by 1984 Olympian Amanda Harrison Kirby, the 21-year-old Tweddle plans to take a training break after the Dutch display. "After that I won't be back in the gym until after New Year, probably January 2, as I haven't had much time off this year and it's been a long year," she said.

Tweddle has avoided making any New Year's resolutions for 2007.

"To be honest I don't usually set them, as I usually break them soon after anyway!" she said.

Why does six-time world medalist Nastia Liukin leave her Christmas tree up for six weeks? Find out tomorrow here at IG Online!

Beth Tweddle is featured in the following issues of International Gymnast magazine:

December 2006: World Championships special issue
June 2006: European Championships coverage
January/February 2006: 2005 World Championships special issue
May 2005: "Tweddle Still Has the Mettle" (profile)
March 2002: "Ready For Anything" (profile)

To order back issues of IG magazine, click here.

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