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Palesova 'Ready To Enjoy Challenge' After Injury
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Recovering from knee surgery, two-time Czech Olympian Kristyna Palesova told IG she plans to stay patient but optimistic as she aims for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.


Kristyna Palesova (Czech Republic)

"For now I only know that I don't want to rush anything about it, and I will take a lot of time to strengthen my knee until I'll get back fully," she said.

Palesova injured her right knee three weeks ago after landing a full-twisting Yurchenko vault.

"It was little bit strange, because my landing was just normal," said the 23-year-old Palesova, who trains in Brno. "There was nothing really wrong in that vault. I just landed with my right knee more inside than usual, and so I sprained it and heard a crack afterwards."

Palesova said the results of an MRI showed a ruptured meniscus and damaged ACL, which were repaired in surgery.

"If the ACL would have been torn completely I would had to have one more surgery in December," she said. "But luckily the surgery showed only a partial tear. Then they found a stretched internal lateral ligament and they repaired the meniscus. The main injury was a rupture of cartilage, which they repaired, too, thankfully all in one surgery."

Palesova said her doctor has advised her that she should be able to resume training in approximately five weeks.

"At this time I am only home having a 'relaxing' rehabilitation time," Palesova said. "I cannot walk at all on my leg until the doctor control. They will take the stitches out and after that we can plan more about my rehabilitation."

Palesova suffered a similar injury in podium training at the 2009 World Championships in London, recovered and competed at the 2012 London Games.

Despite the setback, Palesova still has her third Olympic Games in sight.

"Like I said many times I believe that everything happens for a reason, and I think this time for me the reason really was that my body needed to rest little bit," Palesova told IG. "And like always, if you are able to overcome any of your injuries, you come back especially mentally stronger than before. The reason is the same for me now, I guess. I am going to rest my body, I am going to heal my knee, I will find a new motivation to come back and then I will come back stronger than ever. And this time I am even ready to enjoy this challenge."

International Gymnast magazine's features on Czech gymnasts include:
Vera Caslavska/Hall of Fame induction feature (June 2012)
"Rebuilding Phase" - Kristyna Palesova profile (June 2011)
"Shooting Star" - Petra Fialova profile (January/February 2010)
"Central European Sojourn" – includes IG's visit to Sokol Brno club (January/February 2010)
"On the Upswing" - Jana Sikulova profile (July/August 2006)
"Reality Czech" – Jana Komrskova feature (November 2003)
"Catching up with Hana Ricna Jessen" – profile (May 2001)
Jana Komrskova profile (August/September 2000)

To order back issues, or subscribe to the print and/or digital edition of International Gymnast magazine, click here.

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Going through with a knee surgery is not an easy thing to manage. Glad to know that Palesova have positive mindset to overcome this situation.
 
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Going through with a knee surgery is not an easy thing to manage. Glad to know that Palesova have positive mindset to overcome this situation.
 
December 05, 2014 | url
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