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IG Online Interview: Camila Ambrosio (Argentina)
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Recently crowned Argentinian national all-around champion Camila Ambrosio hopes to expand her success on the global level at this fall's world championships, and ultimately qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Pictured: Ambrosio with coaches Daniele Conde, Lucas Chiarlo and Antonella Blanco

Camila Ambrosio (Argentina)

Recently crowned Argentinian national all-around champion Camila Ambrosio hopes to expand her success on the global level at this fall's world championships, and ultimately qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Born April 30, 1996, in Buenos Aires, Ambrosio trains at the Vélez Sarsfield club, where her clubmates include 2012 Olympian Valeria Pereyra and 2014 Argentinian junior all-around champion Mayra Vaquie.

Ambrosio placed 11th all-around and first with her team at the 2011 Junior South American Championships in Cúcuta, Colombia. She competed at the FIG Challenger Cups of Ghent, Belgium, and Maribor, Slovenia, in 2012. At the 2014 South American Games in Santiago, Chile, in March, she placed 11th all-around, fifth on vault, sixth on balance beam and seventh on floor exercise.

Argentina has not fielded a team at worlds since 2006, but Ambrosio is eye the 2014 Worlds that will take place Oct. 3-12 in Nanning, China. She also aims to follow Pereyra to Olympic qualification. Pereyra was the only Argentinian female gymnast at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, where she placed in 51st all-around in qualification.

After placing first all-around at her country's recent national championships, Ambrosio shared her thoughts and expectations with International Gymnast Online.

IG: What do you think helped you to win your first national all-around title? Was it consistent routines, confidence, or some other factor?

CA: Yes, it was a big victory for me. Besides being a national championship it was the first qualification competition for the Pan American Championships (Aug. 27 - Sept. 1 in Toronto) and the world championships. I thought that the training was the most important factor in reaching the goal. I really prepared so well, physically and mentally, to be strong at the competition. Confidence was an important factor, thinking everything is going to be good despite the fact that I was doing new routines, to increase the difficulty of my routines.

Ambrosio with her national all-around gold medal

IG: You also performed very well at the South American Games in March, and now you are preparing to compete against gymnasts from Europe, Asia and North America. What will you need to perform strongly against those gymnasts from outside of your continent?

CA: It is an honor for me to compete with gymnasts at that level. That lets me think that all my effort is paying off. I have to intensify the routines I have been doing and incorporate more difficulty to obtain a higher level.

IG: How old were you when you began training in gymnastics, and why did you choose to become a gymnast?

CA: I have been doing gymnastics since I was five. My older sister started practicing it and I like seeing her training and going to competitions. Since those days that my parents brought me to the gym, I can't get out of it!

IG: Who coaches you, and on which events?

CA: My coaches are Daniela Conde, Lucas Chiarlo and Antonella Blanco. Daniela is the main coach on the four apparatuses. Lucas and Antonella help her morn beam and uneven bars. They are excellent coaches, and they were excellent gymnasts, too. I am so happy training with them. I represent the Vélez Sarsfield club. It is in Buenos Aires, near the center of the city, but we complement training in CeNARD (Centro Nacional de Alto Rendimiento Deportivo), which is a national center where all the elite athletes train.

IG: Gymnastics in Argentina has become stronger, and you had Valeria Pereyra qualify for the Olympic Games in London. Now, people will be looking to you to help push Argentina towards the 2016 Olympics in Rio. What are your thoughts about becoming a leader of gymnastics in Argentina?

CA: It is a pleasure for me to know that my country is considered like this in this sport. We are doing everything possible to push Argentina to the top. I think that being a leader is a consequence of the hard work and effort I give in every training session. Valeria's experience shows that it is not impossible for me and my country to participate in the Olympic Games. Now it is easier for us to practice the discipline because the government helps us, giving money and new equipment.

IG: What are your plans for competitions leading to the world championships in Nanning?

CA: The first next competition I have is Pre Pan American Championships in Canada. My objective is to obtain a good position in the all-around and team competition. We hope we can be closer to Rio. That is my biggest wish!

Read "Ardent Argentine," a profile on Valeria Pereyra, and a chat with 1992 Argentinian Olympian Romina Platatori, in the July/August 2012 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To order back issues, or subscribe to the digital and/or printed edition of International Gymnast magazine, click here.

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