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Larisa Iordache Is Back In The Game
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After rupturing her Achilles’ tendon at the 2017 Montreal World Championships, Olympic and World medalist Larisa Iordache, 22, went through several surgeries. IG caught up with the Romanian icon for an interview.

IG: After sustaining your Achilles’ injury in Montreal, tell us what you have gone through in terms of surgeries and recovery.

LI: After the first operation on the Achilles’ tendon, I had to have a second, and the second was not a successful one. After seven months of daily recovery I did not feel OK, and my progress was not visible. I started to have pain again, and then I decided to do more tests and examinations. There was a need for a third operation because my tendon was half torn, and I could risk tearing it again on any movement.

IG: In late January you posted on Instagram that you were cleared by your doctor to begin training. What was your reaction to that news?

LI: Yes, I did! The doctor told me I was fine, and could start training again. I was very happy, and I enjoyed it very much because I knew I was really fine.

IG: What is the status of the tendon now? Are you able to walk, run and do light tumbling, and are you pain free?

LI: My condition is very good and the tendon is fine. I do not have pain, and I feel confident.

IG: It was reported that you are training with Mariana Bitang and Octavian Bellu. Have you sat down with them and talked about a return to competition?

LI: I spoke with them, of course. But for now I have to take it easy, because I have to accommodate my movement and training after a year and a half break.

IG: What competition are you targeting for your return?

LI: I still do not know, exactly. But I hope for the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany.

IG: Do you have any short-term or long-term goals, for this year and for 2020?

LI: I want to be healthy and enjoy gymnastics. The rest will come by itself.

IG: You have had a good share of injuries and setbacks in your career? How do you manage to stay positive and motivated?

LI: I have always done nothing but gymnastics, and clearly during the time when I stood around and did nothing, like a normal person, it was not enough for me. My passion for gymnastics keeps me motivated every day.

IG: Although you missed 2018, did you follow the main events?

LI: Of course!

IG: During your difficult times, did you hear from some of the gymnasts from other countries? For example, Simone Biles or Morgan Hurd?

LI: Of course! Everyone encouraged me, which helped me to be stronger.

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