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Drama and Head Injuries at Podium Training

Podium training for the World Championships in Antwerp have finished, and all the gymternet will dream of seeing their favorite gymnast up on the medal podium and the gymnasts dream of beating their competitors for their shot of glory.

It's certainly been an interesting couple days, and not without some drama. The first being the benching of Brenna Dowell for McKayla Maroney in the all-around. While it's certainly disappointing for Brenna, there may have been a method to the madness of Marta Karolyi's decision. McKayla has been competing only vault and floor, but she has indicated she wants to get back to being an all-around gymnast. To her credit, she has been showing improvement in her consistency on bars and beam and while she may not be selected for the all-around, she could potentially make an event final, maybe on beam. But it still sucks for Brenna, but she seems to have a pretty good attitude about all of it. She told Gymnastike simply that it gives her experience for next year when she "actually gets to compete."

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While Maria Paseka was officially out due to an injury, Tatiana Nabieva banged her head pretty good and was sporting a nice shiner smack dab in the middle of her forehead. Ouch. She was examined for  a possible concussion, but from this picture it looks like she wounded her ego more than anything.

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