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2017 World Beam Champion Schaefer Hopeful For Title Defense
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2017 world balance beam champion Pauline Schaefer of Germany told IG she is nearly recovered from a 2018 ankle injury and hopes to be ready for this fall’s World Championships in Stuttgart.

“My ankle is almost healed up,” said Schaefer of the injury that kept her out of the 2018 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. “I can do my training without any severe limitation.”

Schaefer said she has used the time since her injury to prepare diligently and patiently.

“I tried to do a little step forward every day,” she said. “I’ve done a lot of strength training and mental beam routines. On the one hand it was hard to be out of competition, but on the other hand I could concentrate on my health. There was no pressure to be fit at a special time, so I could cure my ankle injury and do a good rehabilitation.”

Schaefer is eager to compete at this year’s biggest international events.

“My target competitions are the European Championships and, of course, the World Championships in Stuttgart,” she told IG. “I really looking forward to that. I will do my best to compete there.”

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