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Steingruber: 'I Just Couldn't Wait To Come Back'
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Featured in the December 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine, Switzerland's Giulia Steingruber said determination helped her earn her first world medal at last fall's worlds championships in Montreal.

Featured in the December 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine, Switzerland's Giulia Steingruber said determination helped her earn her first world championships medal last fall after coming back from an injury.

"I prepared myself as well as I could with my coaches," said Steingruber, who will turn 24 on March 24. "I just couldn't wait to come back and compete."

Steingruber is still recovering from the foot surgery she underwent in January that kept her out of competition for most of 2017. Despite the injury, she had her best finish yet at the 2017 World Championships in Montreal, winning her first world championships medal with the bronze medal on vault and finishing seventh all-around (tying her result from 2013).

Steingruber, who made her world debut in 2010, qualified to five consecutive vault finals from 2011-2017, finally making the podium last fall behind two-time world champion Maria Paseka (Russia) and newcomer Jade Carey (United States). She became only the second Swiss female to win a world medal following compatriot Ariella Käslin, who won the silver medal on vault in 2009.

In the summer of 2016, Steingruber also made history with her bronze medal on vault at the Olympic Games in Rio, where she became the first Swiss female to win an Olympic medal in gymnastics.

The December 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine includes "Montreal Milestones," a collection of profiles on gymnasts including Steingruber, Diana Varinska (Ukraine), Tin Srbić (Croatia), Jorge Vega (Guatemala) and Claudia Fragapane (Great Britain). To order back issues, or subscribe to the print and/or digital edition of International Gymnast magazine, click here.

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