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Canadian gymnast Kyle Shewfelt breaks bones in both legs, will miss world championships

Canadian gymnast Kyle Shewfelt breaks bones in both legs, will miss world championships

Olympic floor champion Kyle Shewfelt won't compete at the world gymnastics championships after breaking bones in both his legs during training.
Shewfelt landed awkwardly while practicing a difficult tumbling move on the floor exercise that included two aerial somersaults with a twist. He was diagnosed with fractures in his left and right tibias, though they were not considered severe breaks and should not require surgery.
"I'm a very positive person in every part of my life," Shewfelt said Wednesday, as he watched women's podium training from a wheelchair. "I have to deal with it. I feel guilty for being in this situation because I was looking forward to contributing to the team."
Only the top 12 teams in this year's worlds qualify for next year's Beijing Olympics. Canada finished fifth last year and figures to be a safe bet for the top 12, but the equation changes a bit without its most-decorated gymnast.
Shewfelt is the first Canadian to win any Olympic medal in artistic gymnastics. He missed 2005 and returned to last year's worlds by winning a bronze medal in floor.
Shewfelt expects to be out about two months and is planning a return in time for Beijing. Such a quick comeback is possible because he endured clean breaks with no ligament damage and no displacements.
"It's like the best of the worst, I guess you could say," he said.


Updated : 2020-11-30 20:10 GMT+08:00