Imogen Cairns – an inspiring story

Ollie Williams has written a fantastic article on British gymnast Imogen Cairns, Full Twist highly recommends that you read it. Cairns who won double gold at the Commonwealth Games 2 weeks ago, was originally not on the Great Britain team for the World Championships, however Team GB had a surprise in store for us last week when Imogen’s name appeared on the starting list. British Gymnastics released a statement with the announcement, they felt that Imogen’s performance at the Commonwealth Games merited her a place on the World Championships team.

It’s possible that not many people know about Cairn’s rough time coping with long term injury. Imogen speaks to Ollie for BBC Sport at the conclusion of the World Championship Qualifiers and explains her rough few years.

“There were times I was in bed at 2am – all my sleeping patterns had gone because I was sat down doing nothing every day – and I was staring out of my window thinking, ‘I just want to go to the gym’. But I couldn’t. I couldn’t even walk. It was dreadful.

It happened during a warm-up. When I landed I felt both legs snap – not the bones, but everything else snapped

It took me a long time to walk again, and then it didn’t heal properly. Scar tissue formed and I had to go back for another operation to clear that out.

All the skills were still in my head, I just needed to get fit, but it took me two years to get back. The hardest part was doing nothing for six months, in bed. I lost my motivation, I was putting on weight and I became very depressed.”

It’s a wonderful story. Full Twist wishes Imogen (and the rest of the GB women’s team) the best of luck in the rest of the competition and we hope to see her in London in 2012.

Read Ollie’s article here – if you’re in the UK you can also watch the videos included in the article.

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