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New Injury Dashes Adlerteg's Dreams of Rio Olympics
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Swedish star Jonna Adlerteg sustained a torn meniscus at the recent Doha World Cup, crushing her dreams of competing in her second Olympic Games this summer.

2012 Swedish Olympian Jonna Adlerteg sustained a torn meniscus at the recent Doha World Cup, crushing her dreams of competing in her second Olympic Games this summer.


Adlterteg with her coach Sebastian Melander at the 2015 Europeans in Montpellier, after she tore her left ACL on floor exercise

Adlerteg sustained the injury on her dismount on uneven bars in Doha. She was just returning from the torn ACL that she suffered on floor exercise at the 2015 European Championships in Montpellier.

"It's really hard. Olympics in Rio has been my goal since the 2012 Olympics," she told the SVT Sport network. "I feel that I've raised my level since then. I feel I could perform well and was eying a final."

Adlerteg made history for Sweden at the 2013 European Championships in Moscow, where she won the silver medal on uneven bars, Sweden's first European championship medal in 50 years. She was also a bronze medalist on uneven bars at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.

In Doha, Adlerteg debuted a new uneven bars routine worth 6.6 Difficulty, including a Shaposhnikova to Bhardwaj combination (click here to watch). She hit her routine in both qualification and finals, winning the gold medal. In finals, she stuck her dismount, but looked pained as she walked off the podium, and did not attend the awards ceremony, and instead went straight for the hospital.

"I did a good landing," she explained. "It was not like when I hurt myself last time, when my knee went to the side, now the landing was good but it did not feel right in the knee."

A scan at the hospital in Doha showed no signs of a torn ACL, but further scans in Stockholm revealed the damaged inner meniscus in the left knee, the same knee she injured last year. There will be not enough time to recover from surgery before the Olympic qualification event coming up in April in Rio de Janeiro.

Adlerteg, who turns 21 in June, is staying positive about her future.

"I still think I have my best years ahead of me – it feels like it," she said. "It's the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020 that are now to look forward to."

International Gymnast magazine's coverage of Swedish gymnasts includes:
"Swedish History-maker" Jonna Adlerteg profile (November 2010)
"Scouting Scandinavia" – feature on IG's visit to clubs in Sweden and Norway (March 2011)
"Swedish Upswing" – women's team feature (November 2010)
"Swedish Achiever" Ida Gustafsson short profile (June 3013)
"Sweden's Standout" - Mans Stenberg profile (March 2010)
Quick Chat: Veronica Wagner (November 2008)
Veronica's Date: 2008 – Veronica Wagner profile (February 2005)
"Swedish Sojourn" – Karolina Bohman profile (February 2003)

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