Tuesday, September 28, 2010
ROTTERDAM WISH LIST #2
The comeback of Lauren Mitchell.
To win a major medal on beam was always a possibility for Mitchell. She possesses a natural talent for the apparatus. The fact that it was a silver and that it happened at a World Championships was just magical. To win another on floor? Well, it felt like Christmas when Mitchell was rewarded for her clean execution, interesting choreography and difficult tumbling with yet another podium spot.
As an Australian, I know just how much Lauren Mitchell's two silver medals were worth for her, and for gymnastics in Australia. For Lauren, of course, it is the deep sense of personal gratification and happiness. For Gymnastics Australia, it is proof that we can produce world class gymnasts, despite a troubled, injured four or five years.
For little Australians, it is inspiration to do the sport, and to become great at it.
It is truly sad that we have barely laid eyes on Lozza since London last year. A couple of injuries have halted her training and put her out of the Pacific Rim International earlier this year. In this sense we have no idea how she is or where she is in her gymnastics.
According to her team mate, Georgia Bonora, she is always the hard worker in the gym, serious when seriousness is due. If anyone can come back from a rough year, it is Lauren Mitchell.
Perhaps the competition is much steeper this year, and perhaps Lauren may not be a prepared as she was last year, but a great return performance from her is on my wish list for this year. Just to see her out there will be enough!