Smith Aims for Redemption in Montreal All-Around Final
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Mistakes on uneven bars and balance beam cost U.S. gymnast Ragan Smith the lead in all-around qualifications on Wednesday at the 2017 World Championships in Montreal, but she intends to vindicate herself when she challenges for a medal in Friday's all-around final.

Mistakes on uneven bars and balance beam cost U.S. gymnast Ragan Smith the lead in all-around qualifications on Wednesday at the 2017 World Championships in Montreal, but she intends to vindicate herself when she challenges for a medal in Friday's all-around final.

"I'm looking forward to redeeming myself on bars and beam, and just to go out there and have fun," said Smith, who ranked second in all-around qualifications, 0.001 points behind the leader, Mai Murakami of Japan.

On uneven bars, Smith was short after her Jaeger release and needed an extra kip cast, and she fell off beam in the third rotation.

After her errors, Smith resolved to perform as planned on floor exercise in the last rotation, where she qualified first to Sunday's apparatus final.

"I shook myself off and said, 'I can do it, I can redeem myself on this floor routine,'" Smith said. "I just went out there and I did it."

Smith said her focus thus far in Montreal is on her routines, not her scores or rankings.

"I'm just kind of doing my own thing," she said. "I really don't care about the scores right now. I'm here to do my gymnastics like I did in training, and bring it out there and show it to everybody."

The competition continues in Montreal on Thursday with the men's all-around final at 7 p.m. Head to IG's Facebook page for live commentary from the Olympic Stadium!

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