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Adlerteg: 'I Still Think My Time Will Come'
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Although 2012 Swedish Olympian Jonna Adlerteg missed last summer's Rio Games because of a knee injury and will sit out the Europeans in April in Cluj, she told IG she is eager to return by this fall's world championships in Montreal.

Although 2012 Swedish Olympian Jonna Adlerteg missed last summer's Rio Games because of a knee injury and will sit out the Europeans in April in Cluj, she told IG she is eager to return by this fall's world championships in Montreal.

"I would say that I've come a long way but I'm not really ready for competition yet," said Adlerteg, who injured her left meniscus on her dismount from uneven bars at the World Challenge Cup of Doha, Qatar, last March. "I still have to work on my strength in my left leg. We are taking it step-by-step and not stressing anything at this point."


Adlerteg at the 2015 World Championships

Adlerteg said the choice that she and coach Sebastian Melander made to not compete this spring was difficult but practical, especially in terms of her potential to compete in Montreal.

"It was a very hard decision for me because I really miss competing, but I think it was the right decision not to stress anything, and to take my time and work towards worlds instead," said Adlerteg, who tore her left ACL on floor exercise at the 2015 Europeans in Montpellier. "So right now I'm working on some new skills and combinations which I've been posting on my Instagram page."

Among those skills is a layout Jaeger on uneven bars, her best apparatus and one on which she hopes to perform well in Montreal. She won the silver medal on uneven bars at the 2013 Europeans in Moscow.

"I'm really enjoying training bars right now and I'm excited to bring my best work to worlds later this year," Adlerteg said.

Although Adlerteg was disappointed not to compete in Rio, her misfortune only reinforced her determination.

"It was a little bit of a shock to me when I realized I wouldn't be able to go to Rio, because I had just put my mind to it and really believed I could do it," she told IG. "Missing out on the Olympics was, of course, very hard, but it also made me realize more than ever that this is what I want to do. And when I want to do something, I just do it, and then it's not hard to stay focused or motivated. I still think my time will come."

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" – Carolina Bohman profile (February 2003)

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