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Hribar: 'I Realized I Can Compete With Anyone'
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International Gymnast Online's annual tradition of holiday-themed features continues with this spotlight on Slovenia's Lucija Hribar, a first-year senior whose 2017 highlights included a fourth-place finish in uneven bars at the World Cup of Varna and a 40th-place all-around finish in qualifications at the world championships in Montreal.

Lucija Hribar at the 2017 European Championships in Cluj

International Gymnast Online's annual tradition of holiday-themed features continues with this spotlight on Slovenia's Lucija Hribar, a first-year senior whose 2017 highlights included a fourth-place finish in uneven bars at the World Cup of Varna and a 40th-place all-around finish in qualifications at the world championships in Montreal.

"This year was quite successful," said Hribar, who has been coached by Nataša Retelj since the beginning of her career, represents Zelena Jama Gymnastics Association and trains in Ljubljana. "These are really nice and valuable experiences,""I learned a lot from them. It also helped me realize I can focus and do my best when in front of large audiences at the biggest competitions."

Hribar said that competing at five FIG World Challenge Cup meets, as well as worlds, enabled her to acquire the self-assurance she needs to continue performing well at the senior international level.

"Now I have even greater motivation and enthusiasm to practice," she said. "I realized I can compete with anyone. The next step is to perform more demanding elements, and I hope I can do that in the upcoming year."

After celebrating Christmas and New Year's Eve with her family "as always," Hribar intends to pursue several goals in 2018.

"I want to successfully complete my second year of high school, become even better in training, achieve some good results at competitions and stay healthy by avoiding any injuries," she told IG.

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