Hambüchen: 'I Will Be Back Next Year!'
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German star Fabian Hambüchen told IG that, despite his less-than-perfect performance at the world championships that concluded Sunday in Nanning, he looks forward to future successes.

Hambüchen during the all-around final in Nanning

Hambüchen, who placed eighth all-around in Nanning, said the absence of 2012 Olympic all-around silver medalist Marcel Nguyen motivated rather than disheartened him and his German teammates. Nguyen tore his right ACL last month.

"It affected us in a positive way because we had a great atmosphere in our new young team, and everyone did his best," Hambüchen said. "We made the team final, which was very unexpected, and the guys were pumping me up."

Hambüchen was the 2013 world all-around bronze medalist, his third world all-around medal after finishing third in 2006 and second in 2007. Although Hambüchen did not qualify for any apparatus finals in Nanning, he said he is optimistic about his chances going forward.

"Of course I wanted to make the high bar final," said Hambüchen, who was second on high bar in the 2013 Worlds. "But nobody is perfect, and this time I had a little mistake in qualifications. But I will be back next year!"

Hambüchen said he will be busy competing in the coming months.

"I have some Bundesliga competitions coming up, two tournaments in Switzerland, and the two World Cups in Stuttgart and Glasgow," he told IG. "So a lot to do till Christmas, but I'm very happy about that, and especially about competing at the American Cup again next year."

Read more about Hambüchen's performance at the 2014 World Championships in the November 2014 (world championships special issue) of International Gymnast magazine. To take advantage of the limited-time special discounted subscription rate for digital and/or print editions of International Gymnast magazine, click here.

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