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Written by John Crumlish    Thursday, 03 March 2011 23:41    PDF Print
IG Interview: Mélodie Pulgarin (Spain/Denver)
(12 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Outspoken Spanish veteran Mélodie Pulgarin is embarking on a new phase of her career as a freshman gymnast at the Univ. of Denver, but she also hopes to play an ongoing part in the rejuvenation of the Spanish national team.

Former Spanish national team member Melodie Pulgarin competes on beam for the University of Denver

Pulgarin, who trained in Barcelona under coach Javier Gómez, competed in two World Championships and three European Championships prior to enrolling at Denver last fall. She placed 51st all-around and eighth with her team at the 2006 Worlds in Aarhus, Denmark, and 49th all-around and 15th with her team at the 2007 Worlds in Stuttgart, from which the top 12 teams qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Pulgarin competed on three events at the 2002 Junior European Championships in Patras, Greece; and placed 13th all-around, sixth on vault and seventh on floor exercise at the 2004 Junior Europeans in Amsterdam. She finished 15th on vault at the 2010 Europeans in Birmingham, where she also competed on uneven bars.

In World Cup meets, Pulgarin placed second on vault and eighth on floor exercise at the 2008 Joaquim Blume Memorial in Barcelona; and fourth on vault and 12th on uneven bars at the 2010 French International. Last July she placed second all-around, and first on uneven bars and floor exercise, at the Spanish Championships.

Pulgarin is enjoying her cultural, academic and athletic transitions at Denver, where her fellow international teammates include Simona Castro (Chile), Annamari Maaranen (Finland) and Louise Mercer (Great Britain). Her Denver coaches are head coach Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart, and assistant coaches Jay Hogue and Carl Leland.

In this IG Online interview, the outspoken Pulgarin comments on the past, present and future of her gymnastics career, at Denver and in Spain.

IG: What and who brought you to Denver?

MP: I was competing at the Joaquim Blume Memorial, a World Cup competition in Barcelona in 2008, and Nilson (Medeiros Savage), an ex-coach from Denver, came with (Venezuelan Olympian and Denver team member) Jessica Lopez. They saw me practice, and saw that I was studying, because I was preparing for the Selectividad (standardized test required for university entrance in Spain). So they asked my coach if I was a good student, and my coach said yes. They offered me a scholarship. It was a really long wait till I was able to come to Denver, because the NCAA had to see if I was eligible. I took the Selectividad in Spain to go to college there, but I also took the SAT (Standard Aptitude Test) for the U.S. I spent a year in university in Spain before I came here. That's because I did my last year of high school in two years, and the NCAA thought that wasn't OK, so they told me that I could do a year of college and then come in as a transfer instead of as a freshman. Because I did that year of college I had to work a lot, because I needed good grades. And then I came in September (2010).

IG: How did you manage to adjust to a different culture, academics and gymnastics all at the same time when you got to Denver?

MP: It was really hard in the beginning. It's not just a different culture, but a different way to see gymnastics and a different way to compete — as well as new teammates and the language. It was everything at the same time. Fall quarter was really, really hard. I had five injuries — really bad injuries — so I just started to train in December. I went home for a week at Thanksgiving (late November), and after Thanksgiving I was ready to do it. I saw it in a different way, as a great opportunity. When I came back, everything just flowed.

IG: Your routines this season seem easy for you, as though you can do more...

MP: I could do more. The thing is that, at the beginning, I was practicing as if I was in Elite (international level) with all my skills. But then I had these five injuries, so I couldn't do everything. Also, what really counts here is to do everything clean. I'm still working on my skills like a full-in and double layout on floor, and all of my beam skills, and I'm doing bars, too. But for competition, I really need to make everything really clean, so I just do what I can do really clean.

IG: It's not a coincidence that you perform your floor routine to (famous Spanish song) "Malagueña", is it?

MP: (smiles) Our choreographer in Spain, Kima Gratacos, always picked our music, and this was supposed to be my music for my last year. I wanted to do it because (1996 Spanish Olympian and 1996 European floor exercise co-bronze medalist) Joana Juarez had it, and she is my role model, and I wanted to have it.

Pulgarin on floor exercise at the 2004 Junior Europeans in Amsterdam

IG: What do you think made the Spanish team stronger in previous years than it has been recently? (The Spanish team placed ninth or higher at every Olympic Games from 1984-2004, but did not qualify for the 2008 Games.)

MP: It was a different time. When I was a junior and senior, we wanted so badly to go to the world championships and the Olympics. We did everything to get there. But now, the gymnasts think it's not worth it to train eight hours every day, not being able to eat almost everything, and coaches yelling bad things at you. So they just quit. We had a lot of gymnasts in Barcelona and (the national team training center in) Madrid, but now gymnasts from Madrid have quit because they don't think it's worth it. And (Spanish team officials) aren't supporting us in Barcelona, where we have a really good team.

IG: What do you suggest to help the team get better results in the future?

MP: I think we need a change, because gymnasts now need another kind of motivation. You go to Worlds, and it's just another competition. We need to train like Italy or France, and have more opportunities to compete at the highest level.

IG: What are your thoughts on competing for Spain in the future?

MP: I would really like to compete again at Worlds and the Europeans and wherever, because I really think I'm not done yet. But it doesn't depend on me. The boss in Spain, (national team head coach) Jesus Carballo (Sr.), doesn't like me too much. They don't like me in Madrid. They never wanted me to be on the team. They just called me when they needed me, which was every team competition, but then when I had to go to World Cups or things like that, they never called me because they didn't want me. I would really like to compete, though. I'm planning to compete in the Catalunya championships this summer, and in the Spanish championships.

IG: What can you do to improve your relationships in Spain?

MP: I had a really good relationship with the last president of the (Spanish gymnastics) federation. He didn't like me at the beginning, either, because I always said no to going to Madrid. I never wanted to go there. I wanted to train with my team. But at the end he saw I was a good competitor and that I said no because I had my reasons. He was good with me. (Recently elected federation president) Jesus Carballo, Jr., and I had a good relationship before, but you know that (Jesus Carballo, Sr.) is his father...

IG: You're older now, and if Spain doesn't have too many gymnasts, you could probably really help the team...

MP: That's what I think, and what almost everyone in Spain thinks. For the 2009 Worlds in London, I told them (officials) I was planning on going to Denver and could train for Worlds in Denver, but I could not go to Madrid for three months because there's no way. They just said it wasn't fair for the other gymnasts, and if I cannot prove I would be OK... you know, just excuses. I'm older now and I have other priorities. For now it's Denver, because they are paying for my education and I'm doing gymnastics for them. They deserve for me to be for them and not for Spain. (Spanish team officials) know that I'm ready to do everything to help make Spain go up again, but they just don't like my way.

IG: Do you see potential for them to change their view of you?

MP: I hope there is, because they really need gymnasts — not just me, but Thais Escolar, Cristiana Mironescu and the other gymnasts who have been competing internationally for a long time. We know what it is like to go to Worlds and we know what we have to do to make it work. I think they really need it, but I cannot do much. I can just keep on talking. That's another thing they don't like — that I always talk (laughs).

IG: In addition to the talk, though, do you think they see your value to the team going forward?

MP: I hope. I really hope so. Not just for me because, as I said, I have other priorities. But I think Spain needs it. I don't want Spain to lose out on another Olympic Games (by not earning a berth), again. Every country has gone down at one point, but they've changed it quickly. They went down and they thought, "We have to change something." They changed and went up again, but we haven't done that.

IG: Do you think you have a chance to compete for Spain at this fall's worlds in Tokyo?

MP: I hope so. I will try... I will try!

International Gymnast Magazine Related Features:
"10 Questions: Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart" — interview (November 2010)
"Viva Venezuela" — Jessica Lopez profile (March 2008)
"Flight of Faith" — Maaranen profile (November 2007)

To order back issues or subscribe to IG Magazine, click here

Written by John Crumlish    Monday, 21 February 2011 18:13    PDF Print
IG Online Interview: Brittany Rogers (Canada)
(7 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Coping with recent surgery and considering her training options, 2009 world vault finalist Brittany Rogers of Canada remains optimistic as she approaches this fall's world championships in Tokyo.

Rogers at the 2009 Worlds in London

Rogers, the 2008 Elite Canada senior champion, broke her left foot at last spring's Pacific Rim Championships in Melbourne. The British Columbia native is determined to regain her form and earn a berth to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. She placed 19th all-around and seventh on vault at the 2009 World Championships that also took place in London.

In this IG Online interview, the 17-year-old Rogers offers her thoughts on recovery, returning to competition and her ongoing role in Canada's quest to qualify a full team to the 2012 Olympics.

IG: How close to completely healed is your foot, and when you think you'll be training full-force?

BR: When I broke my foot in April, the doctors didn't want to do surgery on it and wanted to see if it would heal on its own. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case, so I had surgery done in November. After seeing the surgeon again recently, he gave me the go-ahead to start increasing my training load with no restrictions, which was pretty exciting news after hearing doctors telling me to hold back and take it easy for nine months. There's no set time or date that I'll be training full-force. I'm just taking it day by day, but I'll be back at it very soon! I have a great physio(therapist) and orthopod (orthopedist) who are working with me with rehab.

IG: After a great year in 2009, you had to sit out most of 2010 with your injury. How have you managed to stay patient and not feel you are missing out too much?

BR: Gymnastics is the biggest part of my life, and it was far from easy missing almost a full season of competitions. I have the best support system behind me, who have helped me tremendously by keeping me focused and in shape, gearing up to get back at it and be the best I can be.

IG: What are your goals for 2011 - regaining your old tricks, learning new tricks and/or going to worlds?

BR: My main goal for 2011 is to maintain a healthy body. If I can do that, I'll be the happiest girl in the world! As far as competitions go, Nationals (in May) will be my main goal for the near future. Depending on how well Nationals go, it will determine if I compete at Worlds or any other upcoming competitions. For skills, I've always been trying to focus on cleaning my routines up and focusing on my E (Execution) scores. I've also started wearing grips on bars, which is super-exciting and a huge change, but I love them!

IG: We noticed on the latest Canadian team listing that your affiliation is "unattached." If this means you are training under different coaches or a different club, when and why you made a change? (Rogers has been training under coaches Vladimir and Svetlana Lashin at Omega Gymnastics Academy in Coquitlam, B.C.)

BR: Due to the length of time my injury has taken to heal, I have used that time to reflect on where I was and where I wanted to go. I am currently evaluating my coaching options and will be making a final decision soon.

IG: 2011 is such an important year not only for you, but the Canadian team trying to qualify for London. Although it's early in the year, what do you think are the key areas on which you personally need to focus, and on which your team needs to focus?

BR: All of the teams looking to qualify for the Olympics are looking for stability and consistency. We need to be sure our team can perform under pressure and put our best routines out there. I'm really making sure that my routines are stable and clean.

Brittany Rogers is featured in the following issues of International Gymnast magazine:
January/February 2010 – 2009 World Championships photo gallery
July/August 2007 – “"Shooting Star" (Rogers profile)

To order back issues or subscribe to IG, click here.

Written by Admin    Saturday, 19 February 2011 14:35    PDF Print
Written by John Crumlish    Tuesday, 11 January 2011 14:48    PDF Print
IG Online Interview: Vanessa Zamarripa (USA)
(19 votes, average 4.21 out of 5)

Second on vault and eighth all-around at the 2010 U.S. Championships, Vanessa Zamarripa of UCLA is determined to recover from a recent Achilles' tendon injury and resume her career — even at the international level.

Zamarripa's rise to a position on the U.S. national team last year was sudden and strong. Born Aug. 1, 1990, in Redlands, Calif., she was raised in Illinois and competed as a Level 10 gymnast for the Midwest Twisters club. (Level 10 is USA Gymnastics' second-highest level of competition, just below the Elite or international level.) She was the Junior Olympic (Level 10) all-around champion in her age group in 2003, 2004 and 2007. Zamarripa earned an athletic scholarship to UCLA, where she enrolled in 2008.

As a freshman in 2009, Zamarripa placed third all-around at the NCAA Championships. At last spring's NCAA Championships, she won vault and helped UCLA win the team title. In July she entered her first Elite meet — the CoverGirl Classic, a qualifying meet for the Visa (U.S.) Championships — and placed seventh all-around. Zamarripa went on to place eighth all-around at the Visa Championships and thereby earn a spot on the U.S. team. Zamarripa's excellent Cheng Fei vault (round-off, half-on, layout Rudi — Click here for video) on the first day of competition earned her second place on that event behind Alicia Sacramone.

Zamarripa continues to aim for international success, despite tearing her left Achilles' tendon while tumbling on Dec. 7, 2010. IG spoke with Zamarripa at the Pac-10 Showcase, held Jan. 9 at UCLA, where she outlined her plans for recovery and beyond.

IG: How exactly did you injure yourself?

VZ: I was working on my 2 1/2 twist, punch layout. Everything was feeling fine. I wasn't overtraining or anything because I was coming off a minor injury of my foot. I was tumbling and felt a pop, and that's when I knew I tore it.

IG: How long until you can train at full strength again?

VZ: There's not much pain. I'm starting rehab on Wednesday (Jan. 12). I'm not quite sure yet, but they said I'll be able to apply 20 percent of my body weight on my foot, and then progress from there. They said I should be able to train again toward the beginning of summer, but the surgery went really well and they expect a full recovery.

IG: When do you think you'll be ready to compete the Cheng Fei vault again?

VZ: I guess it all depends on how things go, but the doctor said that, when I recover, I'll be just as good as, or even better than, before. There's no setback to this injury.

IG: What kind of feedback have you received from (U.S. national team coordinator) Marta Karolyi and the other U.S. team officials?

VZ: They seemed really concerned about my injury. Kathy Kelly (USA Gymnastics' Vice President of Women's Program), for example, emailed me and was wondering how I was doing, and wanted me to let them know my recovery process and see how I'm doing with it, and just keep them up-to-date.

Recovering from a torn Achilles, Zamarippa provided commentary at the Pac-10 Showcase held Jan. 9 at UCLA.

IG: Do you plan to return to Elite?

VZ: Absolutely. There's not a doubt in my mind. I definitely still want to pursue that, and compete internationally and do everything I can do.

IG: Having to miss the current NCAA season and wait till summer to start training again, how are you staying motivated?

VZ: I look at my teammate, Brittani McCullough. She tore both of her Achilles', and to me she's really inspiring because she came back really strong. She ended up being the NCAA floor champion (in 2010). What also keeps me motivated is that it's something I've always wanted to do since I was young. Something like this (injury) is not going to get in the way of me pursuing my dream.

IG: How did you adjust so quickly to Elite competition last summer, after a long NCAA season and no experience at the Elite level?

VZ: When I compete, it's just gymnastics, no matter where I compete or what it's for. It's still the same thing. So when I competed individually again, it wasn't that big of a difference to me.

IG: Besides vault, how much do you think you can contribute to the U.S. team?

VZ: I would definitely love to contribute on every event. When I competed at Classic and Visa [U.S. Championships], all my other routines except for vault were basically my college routines, so I didn't really do too much upgrading. So once I do, I feel I can contribute a lot.

IG: What advantage do you feel you have as a collegiate gymnast competing Elite?

VZ: I guess a lot of people feel that, once they come to college, they have to choose between Elite or college. Or maybe they feel they've passed their prime, because girls are usually at their best when they're about 16. I feel that, when they come to college, they think they're not good anymore. But that's not true. We have more experience when we're in college, and I think that puts us at an advantage.

IG: How much do you feel staying at Level 10 helped prolong your career and enable you to add new skills in your 20s?

VZ: When I came to UCLA, I was pretty healthy. So I feel that being at that level made me a stronger, better person, because I wasn't all beaten up by the time I came here.

Vanessa Zamarripa is featured in the following issues of International Gymnast magazine:
June 2009 - 2009 NCAA Championships coverage
June 2010 - 2010 NCAA Championships coverage
September 2010 - 2010 Visa (U.S.) Championships coverage

To order back issues, click here.

Written by Amanda Turner    Thursday, 18 November 2010 22:59    PDF Print
IG Online Interview: Rebecca Bross (USA)
(33 votes, average 3.97 out of 5)

Six-time world medalist Rebecca Bross (U.S.) talks with IG about the recent world championships, her ankle injury, a rivalry with Russia and more. Pictured: 2010 world all-around medalists Jiang Yuyuan of China (silver), Aliya Mustafina of Russia (gold) and Bross (bronze).

IG sits down with U.S. champion Rebecca Bross, a six-time world medalist and a top hope for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Born July 11, 1993, in Michigan, Bross trained at Twistars Gymnastics through Level 7. In 2002, she moved to Texas and began training at World Olympic Gymnastics Academy (WOGA), where her coaches are now Valeri Liukin and Dina Kamalova. Liukin, a world and Olympic champion himself, coached daughter Nastia Liukin to the 2008 Olympic all-around title and nine world medals from 2005-2007. Kamalova coached Russia's Aliya Mustafina, the new world all-around champion, at CSKA Moscow before moving to Texas a few years ago.

Bross performs a sheep jump en route to the silver medal on beam in Rotterdam, her sixth world medal.

Bross, a member of the U.S. junior national team since 2005, won four gold medals (all-around, vault, uneven bars, floor exercise) at the 2007 U.S. Junior Championships. She won the junior title at the 2008 Pacific Rim Championships, but a broken foot forced her out of that year's national championships.

In 2009, her first year as a senior, Bross took third all-around at the U.S. championships and second at the world championships. At the 2009 Worlds in London, she had been leading the competition going into the final rotation, but a botched final pass on floor exercise dropped her to second by a mere .05. In the event finals, she added the bronze on uneven bars.

In 2010, Bross easily won the Tyson American Cup, the Pacific Rim Championships and the U.S. championships, but in September began experiencing pain in her lower right leg/ankle. Despite the injury, Bross captured four medals at the world championships in October in Rotterdam: silver medals with the team and on balance beam, and bronze medals in the all-around and on uneven bars.

Initially diagnosed as a stress reaction prior to worlds, the hot spot on Bross' ankle developed into a stress fracture. On Tuesday, Bross underwent surgery, in which doctors inserted two screws into the bone to ensure the fracture heals properly.

IG stopped by WOGA in Plano, Texas, to chat with Bross a few days before her ankle surgery. The injury limited Bross to mainly uneven bars and conditioning, while her training partners in Liukin's group showed off some impressive new skills for the upcoming season. Grace McLaughlin, a senior next year, threw a beautiful Jaeger-half on uneven bars, while Katelyn Ohashi, a senior in 2013, tumbled a 2 1/2, Rudi combination on floor. Nastia Liukin — who only recently returned to training full-time as she tests the waters for a comeback — looked outstanding, and caught a new layout Jaeger from elgrip. Two-time world team member Ivana Hong, who also trains under Liukin and Kamalova, looked physically fit after a torn ACL in February.

Focused and serious during competition, Bross was bubbly and easygoing while chatting about the recent world championships, her ankle injury, a rivalry with Russia and more.

Bross ices her ankle during podium training at the world championships in Rotterdam.

IG: When did your ankle start bothering you?

RB: Maybe a month or so before our second camp before worlds. I'm not quite sure what happened. I felt it one day at the end of the week but I figured my ankle was just sore. But then it didn't go away over the weekend so it was like, "OK, something's not right."

IG: What was the diagnosis?

RB: I got an MRI before we left and they called it a "stress reaction," so it was just irritated, I guess. And then when I got back [from Rotterdam] I went back and got X-rays, and you could see the fractures on the X-rays. So some time when I was gone it actually broke.

IG: How did you modify your training to protect your ankle?

RB: Just tried to do the least amount of numbers possible, but I still had to work out because we had worlds.

IG: Was there ever a point where you thought you might not be able to compete in Rotterdam?

RB: Yeah, it did cross my mind and it did make me kind of nervous I guess, but the more that I thought about it, it's like, "I've done this, everything I've done so many times! It doesn't matter, I should be able to do it."

IG: Going into the competition, did you think you might not compete all four events?

Bross during podium training in Rotterdam

RB: Yes, and it was being debated whether or not I would. We still weren't sure when we first got over there. It wasn't really decided until podium training, I guess, when I actually did all four events that one time. I guess Valeri pretty much said, "You can do all four events, so we might as well keep trying."

IG: How much was your ankle bothering you during the competition?

RB: While you're competing you don't really think about it. I don't really notice it, but it was kind of sore afteward, but not during the competition.

IG: During the team final, were you aware of the falls from Russia and China on bars? Could you hear the audience reaction?

RB: We did hear that, and I did hear a couple of smacks [when they fell], but I guess one of the [Russian] girls fell twice? But I didn't know that. I only knew that one of them fell. I didn't find out till afterwards that one fell twice. I just knew one girl fell once, and then I saw one of the Chinese girl's mistakes. We weren't watching them, we were more focused on ourselves. You can always hear the crowd so you know something's happened, but you don't know what!

IG: After Mattie Larson missed her floor routine in the third rotation, what did you say to her?

RB: There's not much you can say. You just have to tell her it happens and she has to move on, and it's not something she can change now. It's something that happened and she has to move on to get past it.

IG: Were you aware of how close the competition was, going into the final rotation?

RB: We weren't sure. We knew it was closer than it was in qualification obviously. We were happy that we started on bars because vault was our last event and we have pretty good vaulters. I'm not one of them [laughs] but we had Ali (Alexandra Raisman) and Macko (Mackenzie Caquatto) and Alicia (Sacramone) and they all had, like, three perfect vaults, so we were happy we were ending on vault because vault is one of our strongest events. We were ready for it.

IG: When Mustafina stepped out of bounds on her last pass, did you think you had the gold?

Bross on beam during qualification in Rotterdam

RB: We weren't sure. We obviously finished vault before they finished floor. So we were all standing over in the corner and we kind of watched her floor routine, and we were like, "OK, this is going to be close! Either it's going to be us barely, or it's going to be them barely." And it was them.

IG: Were you happy that you at least beat China, after being third in qualification?

RB: Yeah, that's what we said. At least we beat China!

IG: You were second all-around to Mustafina in qualification. Going into the final, did you feel like you had to be perfect for a chance to win, or were you more laid back?

RB: Of course I wanted to be perfect, I wanted to do all my routines the best I can. It didn't exactly turn out that way (laughs) but I put a lot of effort into it.

IG: You put up an impressive fight to stay on beam on your standing Arabian, ending up in a handstand!

RB: Yeah, I was off to the side and then I put my hands on the beam... (laughing)

IG: After beam, you went on to earn the highest score all week on floor exercise. What did Valeri tell you before your floor routine?

RB: He was just like, "You need to go out there and do a really good floor routine." It doesn't matter, I had already messed up on beam, so it was like, "I don't have anything to lose, now I just need to go out there and do everything I do in practice."

IG: Was your fall on your last pass at the 2009 Worlds in the back of your mind at that point?

RB: I guess. I kind of did think about it a little bit, but [I was thinking], "I haven't been doing floor very much lately, and I already fell on beam, I've just got to make this!"

IG: You have six world medals already, all silver and bronze. How badly do you want a gold?

RB: It would be amazing. It would be like a dream come true, but it's one of my goals and we're just going to have to see what happpens next.

IG: What's it like having Nastia back in the gym every day?

RB: It's great! We talk a lot.

Bross on floor at the 2009 Worlds in London

IG: You seemed to follow Nastia's pattern a little bit, in that you were second all-around at your first worlds, and suffering from an ankle injury at your second worlds a year later. Did you talk about that coincidence?

RB: Not really, but she did talk about it at one point, how she never won a world all-around gold. I was just kind of like, "That's true, everything happens. Nothing you can do to change it."

IG: Does it make you hungrier going into 2011 and 2012?

RB: I don't know, of course I want to get it, but it's like after doing two worlds I know what to expect next. I know how it goes. Last year was kind of different from this year because it wasn't team, so it was a little bit of a different atmosphere. It's still competition regardless. You want yourself to do well and the whole team to do well.

IG: Are you close with any of your teammates in particular?

RB: We all know each other pretty well. I roomed with Chelsea Davis [in Rotterdam]. We live close to each other but we never see each other! (laughs) We're going to try to change that.

IG: Do you feel like you have a rivalry with Mustafina?

RB: You're always competing against everyone, not just a single person. It doesn't matter who it is, you're always competing and you always want to do your best. I wouldn't say there's a real rivalry, but we just want to do our best and whatever happens, however the judges score it, it's how it happens.

IG: Has Dina Kamalova told you any stories about her days coaching Mustafina?

RB: We don't really talk about it much, we more talk about stuff that goes on here [at WOGA].

IG: So would you say Russia is now the top rival for the U.S., or is it the same?

RB: It's the same. It doesn't matter, there's always going to be countries coming up and down and it changes every year. People get hurt, people aren't hurt. It's just the same.

IG: How is your relationship with the gymnasts from Russia and China? Do things get tense down on the floor, or is it more of a relaxed atmosphere?

RB: I think it's more relaxed. We don't really talk to each other or look at each other because everyone is focused on themselves and how they want to do, and if it's a team competition, how their team is doing.

IG: So any idea when your next competition will be?

RB: We'll see!

External Link: Official Website of Rebecca Bross


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