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Toba: ‘Inspiration Leads To New Achievements’
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Featured in the October issue of International Gymnast magazine, reigning German all-around champion Andreas Toba told IG he is eager to perform at his best in front of a home crowd at the World Championships starting Friday in Stuttgart.

“It makes it definitely more fun hearing all those fans who came here to see the result of your hard work,” said Toba, a two-time Olympian who hopes the German team’s performance in Stuttgart will earn it a berth to next summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. “I’m sure it can positively hit everyone on the field of play and help to gain even more power. Inspirations leads to the new achievements.”

At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Toba bravely competed on pommel horse in qualifications following the serious injury he sustained on floor exercise in the previous rotation. His clutch performance earned Germany a spot in the team final and Toba the nickname “Hero de Janeiro” by members of the German media.

Toba and a business partner later opened “Hero’s,” a since-closed Hanover restaurant that he considers a worthwhile venture nonetheless.

“We did not have any thought that it should became a Plan B, if I cannot go along my gymnastics way or something like that,” he told IG. Hero’s was like a hobby to us. We tried it. Something went not in that direction which we had expected, and we decided to focus on other things. I’m a bit sorry about that, but there is a whole bunch of things to try in our lives, right?”


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