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Berger Hopes to Overcome ACL Injury in 2015
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Although a knee injury will keep German Olympian Janine Berger out of the world championships that begin this week in Nanning, she told IG she is eager to regain top form in a year.

Although a knee injury will keep German Olympian Janine Berger out of the world championships that begin this week in Nanning, she told IG she is eager to regain top form in a year.

Berger, who placed fourth on vault at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, tore her left ACL when landing a double-twisting Tsukahara vault at the German championships on June 24.

"I had surgery and am now going through a tough rehab program with my doctor and my physiotherapist," she said, "It depends on my knee when I will be back, because I want to regain full strength and not risk anything by coming back too early. After one year, though, I should be back at where I was before the injury."

Berger, who missed the 2013 European Championships because of a knee injury, said she is determined to resume gymnastics at the world level.

"Of course suffering another big injury is devastating," she said. "But I will fight my way back because I love gymnastics. Sometimes you just have to go thru a valley to reach the top."

"My goal is the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro," she told IG. "It should be no problem being ready again by then. But getting healthy is now the main priority. My knee needs to be built back up. I am going through a hard time, but I see it as a challenge that I will overcome."

International Gymnast magazine's recent features on German women's gymnastics include:

"Tough Lesson" - Janine Berger interview (October 2012)
Kim Bui interview (April 2013)
Maike Enderle profile (September 2014)
"New View from the Top" - Lisa Katharina Hill profile (July/August 2013)
"Leaps and Bounds for Germany" - Nadine Jarosch profile (January/February 2012)
Steffi Kräker interview/Hall of Fame induction feature (June 2011)
"Calm, Clean Style" - Sophie Scheder profile (December 2013)
"Seizing the Moment" - Elisabeth Seitz interview (July/August 2011)

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