10 minutes with: Lauren Mitchell (AUS)

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Full Twist contributor Anna Rose Johnson recently interviewed two-time Olympian Lauren Mitchell to discuss the first meets of her comeback, her training, and future plans.

Lauren is one of the most popular gymnasts in Australia, and she trains at the Western Australian Institute of Sport. She was the first-ever female Australian gymnast to win a World Championships title when she won the 2010 World floor exercise gold medal. This huge accomplishment came on the heels of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, where Lauren won gold with her team and gold in the all-around. The previous year, she competed at the 2009 World Championships, where she won silver medals on floor and balance beam in addition to placing a close fourth in the all-around. Lauren competed at the 2008 Olympics and placed fifth on floor at the 2012 Olympics. She took a competitive break in 2013, and made a return to gymnastics this spring.

 

FT: How has your training been going?

LM: Training has been going well; I’ve been keeping pretty busy with training, university studies and travelling away competing.

FT: Can you tell us about the competitions you’ve been in since your comeback?

LM: I’ve competed in the World Cup in Doha, which went well for my first competition back. It was a really well-run event and a good competition to come back into the international circuit again. I’ve also competed at the Korean World Cup, which was a really good competition to practise getting some competition skills back.

FT: When is your next competition?

LM: My next competition will be the Australian National Championships later on in May. [The Australian National Championships are also the Commonwealth Games Selection Trials.]

FT: Do you plan to return to competing in the all-around?

LM: No, I don’t plan on returning to bars. Even if I got a bars program back, I’m too far behind with the acquisition of learning and implementing new skills [to] be used on the Australian Team, so I’m focusing more on the other 3 apparatus where my routines can be used.

FT: What are your goals for 2014?

LM: My main goal for 2014 was to get a competitive international program back and come back to be able to compete in the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

FT: Are you considering the 2016 Olympics?

LM: At the moment the Olympics are still too far away for me to be considering either way.

FT: What’s a typical day like for you?

A typical day is training twice a day, with either one or two sessions in the gym and the other session in a weights gym. And my day is either filled by working or being at Uni all day.

LM: Do you have any upgrades planned for this summer?

Yes, I do plan to upgrade both my beam and floor from what I competed in both Doha and Korea.

 

Many thanks to Lauren for taking the time to chat with Full Twist, and also thanks to Christopher Abbott, the Public Relations Coordinator at the Western Australian Institute of Sport.

Photo Source: Phil Walter/Getty Images AsiaPac

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