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Yeryomina: ‘I Am Learning To Believe In Myself’
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Featured in the July/August 2019 issue of International Gymnast magazine, 2017 world all-around bronze medalist Yelena Yeryomina of Russia told IG she is pleasantly surprised by her current ability following back surgery last February.

“Half a year ago, I did not even think that I could do what I am doing now, although this is only a basic level,” said Yeryomina, who performed simpler-than-usual routines at the Korea Cup in June, her second competition since her surgery. “It feels like it's not my body.”

Yeryomina said she was eager to compete in Korea, even with an easier program for the time being.

“When, if not now?” she asked rhetorically. “It gives me hope and competitive experience. It’s better that I make mistakes now, and then I will feel more confident.”

Yeryomina said she is gaining self-assurance as she and her coaches, Vera Kiryashova and Alexander Kiryashov, work to restore her to full strength by next summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

“I am learning to believe in myself,” she said.

Read “Back on Track,” the complete feature on Yeryomina in the July/August 2019 issue of International Gymnast magazine.

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