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Pre-Olympic Injury an Emotional Blow for French Gymnast Della Vedova
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For French world team member Clara Della Vedova, the pain of losing a chance at this summer's Olympic Games is worse than the torn Achilles' tendon she suffered last week, the gymnast told IG. Pictured: Della Vedova, far right, helped France placed third at the London test-event in January.

Clara Della Vedova (France)

For French world team member Clara Della Vedova, the pain of losing a chance at this summer's Olympic Games is worse than the torn Achilles' tendon she suffered last week, the gymnast told IG.

"It's not easy, because I find it difficult to move," she said. "But I'm not suffering too much pain [physically], it's much more an injury to the morale."

Della Vedova, 17, suffered a ruptured right Achilles and sprained left foot on Thursday on floor exercise at INSEP, the national team training center in Paris.

"It was on floor on the takeoff for a tumbling pass that it gave way," Della Vedova said. "I was low and I landed flat on my stomach, also spraining the other foot."

The Troyes native was a member of France's squad that placed 10th at the 2011 Worlds in Tokyo. In January, she helped the French women take third at the second Olympic qualification event in London, earning the squad a berth to the 2012 Olympic Games. She was the all-around bronze medalist at the 2011 French Championships in Toulouse, where she also won the silver medal on floor exercise.

Surgery to repair the ruptured tendon is planned for next week, she told IG, followed by months of rehabilitation. After that, she said she is unsure if she plans to make a comeback to gymnastics.

"I still don't know if I'm going to do it, but it will be hard in my opinion," Della Vedova said.

External Links: French Gymnastics Federation, Official Facebook Fan Page

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