Gymnasts Chen Yile, Morgan Hurd and Angelina Melnikova Prepare Mentally and Physically for the Season’s Toughest Meet Yet
MADRID – With the world’s best gymnasts on their way to Stuttgart, Germany for the upcoming 2019 FIG Artistic World Championships, China’s Chen Yile, the United States’ Morgan Hurd and Russia’s Angelina Melnikova are feeling the pressure. In the third episode of All Around, titled “Stuttgart Calling”, training intensifies for the three gymnasts’ as they each must face mental and physical challenges in order to compete at the most important meet of the year.
The latest episode of the Olympic Channel’s original series premieres Wednesday, 2 October on the IOC’s global Olympic Channel which is available at olympicchannel.com, its mobile apps and on connected TV devices. All Around is the Olympic Channel’s first documentary series featuring gymnastics, with new episodes released monthly until the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
In the third episode of All Around, the three gymnasts are concentrating on preparing for the 2019 FIG Artistic World Championships taking place in Stuttgart, Germany from 4 to 13 October.
In Beijing, Yile has her sights set on the podium at Stuttgart and has returned to training despite not having fully recovered from ankle and wrist injuries. With the help of her coaches, she continues to challenge herself and is put to the test in the team trials for the world championships.
“The last time I competed at an International event was at the world championships in 2018,” said Yile. “Now I’m back in full training, but I’m still far from my best.”
In the U.S.A., Morgan is feeling the pressure to podium following her all-around world championship title in 2017. Although she excels at coming from behind, Morgan is struggling to regain her confidence in time for the world championships following less than stellar results at this summer’s competitions.
“I definitely think there is pressure for me to medal because I have had that experience, but I feel like the pressure more comes from myself than anyone else,” said Morgan.
In Moscow, Angelina finds herself in contention for several medals in Stuttgart following three medals at the 2019 Russian Cup in August. Having already qualified for the world championship team, she is fully concentrating on the upcoming competition along with nursing some injuries, but still finds time to have some down time in between training to keep balanced.
“The World Championships will be my hardest challenge this year because it will be the last one before the Olympic Games,” said Angelina.
Following the personal journeys of three elite gymnasts in their quest to compete at Tokyo 2020, All Around is the Olympic Channel’s first original gymnastics documentary series. Interweaving the stories and parallel journeys of Hurd, Melnikova and Chen, All Around provides viewers with unprecedented access to these elite athletes and everyday teenagers as they balance their personal lives, training regimens and competitions throughout the year.
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