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Sikulova Thrives with 'New Start'
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Four-time World Cup medalist Jana Sikulova (Czech Republic) told IG she is enjoying the latest phase of her gymnastics career, with which she has integrated university studies.

Four-time World Cup medalist Jana Sikulova (Czech Republic) told IG she is enjoying the latest phase of her gymnastics career, with which she has integrated university studies.

"It's a new start in my life," Sikulova said during IG's recent visit to the Sokol Brno club. "I'm satisfied now, and I'm still doing gymnastics. This year I have had new success."

Earlier this month, the 21-year-old Sikulova won the silver medal on uneven bars at the World Cup of Osijek, Croatia, and finished fifth on uneven bars at the DTB Cup in Stuttgart. She was sixth on uneven bars at the Grand Prix of Glasgow in April.

"I think it's good because I was at three World Cups this year, and three times I was in the final," said Sikulova, who placed second on uneven bars at the 2006 European Championships and fifth on uneven bars at the 2008 World Cup Final in Madrid.

Sikulova, who devoted last year to studying English at a language institute, is in her first year at Masaryk University in Brno, where she is majoring in physical education. She said she is coping well to a full schedule of academics and gymnastics.

"It's good for me, because school is important to me," said Sikulova, who is coached by Stanislav and Anita Vyzina.

Sikulova said her field of study requires her to train in other sports, and the additional workouts impact her gymnastics training.

"Maybe what's a little bad is that I have to do another sport, and sometimes I am a little tired, especially at the end of the week," Sikulova said. "But it is fun for me and I like it. I can do a lot of other sports, like swimming and volleyball."

Sikulova, who trains with 2000-2004 Olympian Jana Komrskova and 2008 Olympian Kristyna Palesova, said she is looking forward to upcoming competitions.

"I will stay in gymnastics maybe about another three years," she said. "I don't plan to finish."

Read more on Sokol Brno in John Crumlish's six-country report from Central Europe in the January/February 2010 issue of International Gymnast magazine.

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