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Pihan-Kulesza Pleased With Worlds Finish
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Two-time Polish Olympian Marta Pihan-Kulesza told IG she was pleased to earn her all-time best worlds all-around finish when she placed 14th in the all-around final at the world championships in Nanning earlier this month.

Pihan-Kulesza in Nanning

"This was my third all-around final at the world championships, but in Nanning I made my best result," she said. "I think the point of my good performance was my experience and my diligently worked preparatory period."

The 27-year-old Pihan-Kulesza earned her best apparatus result in Nanning on floor exercise, where she was third reserve for that event final. Performing to "The Pink Panther," Pihan-Kulesza opened her routine with an impressive round-off, Arabian piked double front. Her middle pass was a 2-1/2 twist, punch stag leap. She finished with a round-off, tucked Arabian double front.

Despite her solid performance on floor exercise, Pihan-Kulesza said she is capable of more in the future.

"Unfortunately I did not show everything on floor," said Pihan-Kulesza, whose husband, fellow Olympian Roman Kulesza, also competed in Nanning. "My second pass should be 2-1/2 twist to punch straight front-full. But probably I was not ready for this. Next year I think this pass also will be in my routine. I'll try to upgrade my dance elements."

After placing sixth on balance beam at this spring’s European championships in Sofia, Pihan-Kulesza had the potential to qualify for that apparatus final in Nanning. In qualifications, however, she nearly fell on an illusion turn. She was steadier on balance beam in the all-around final, where she earned the field’s ninth-highest score on the apparatus.

"It sometimes happens, especially in competition," Pihan-Kulesza said. "Usually I don't have a problem with the illusion turn in training. It irritates me."

Pihan-Kulesza is training hard for upcoming competitions, but she is also busy with two business ventures. She is already working with Leo Gym, a leotard company.

Next month she plans to start working with The Little Gym, a U.S.-based children’s gymnastics and exercise training facility that has franchises in several countries including Poland. TLG will be opening a gym in Szczecin, where Pihan-Kulesza lives, in the middle of November.

Pihan-Kulesza said her love of training and work enables her to balance her busy schedule. "It's not that hard to manage training with a job," she told IG. "If you have happiness and joy because you do what you do, it's really pleasure - not just work."

Read more about the 2014 World Championships in the November 2014 (world championships special issue) of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe to the digital and/or print editions of International Gymnast magazine, click here.

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