Mitchell reduces Olympic workload
Mitchell reduces Olympic workload

Former world gymnastics champion Lauren Mitchell will not be contesting the all-around competition at the London Olympics.

The WAIS scholarship holder has been nursing a shoulder injury and has decided to abandon her campaign to compete on all four apparatus focussing instead on the floor, beam and vault where she can make her greatest contribution to the overall team score where Australian finished sixth in Beijing four years ago.

Mitchell said her shoulder has been holding her back and by sacrificing her bars routine she gives herself a better chance on the floor and beam where she has won gold and two silver medals at the world championships.

She has just returned for the Pacific Rim Championships in Everett, Washington where she placed fifth on the floor and beam ahead of the World Cup in China on April 7 and 8 ahead of the Australian championships in May.

“The shoulder will change my Olympic preparation because I’m not training bars but that could change in the future,” Mitchell said.

“At the end of the day I am sacrificing the all-around competition to do better on the two apparatus where I have my greatest chance - the floor and beam.

“It is a bit disappointing because I would have hoped for a top-10 finish but I am now more of a medal chance on the floor and beam because I can devote more attention to those two apparatus.”

She said Pacific Rim Championships could have gone better even though she was happy to make the finals.

“It was a great learning experience and showed where we need to improve to be contenders at the Olympics,” Mitchell said.

“I know I am up there with the rest of the world but first I have to make the finals.”

The West Australian

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