Olympic Champion Kyle Shewfelt committed to team and recovery after surgery to both legs



    CALGARY, Sept. 12 /CNW/ - The Canadian men's gymnastics team returned on
Monday from the World Championships in Germany having successfully earned
their 2008 Olympic berth in a bittersweet competition. The team secured an
11th place finish without team leader and Olympic champion Kyle Shewfelt who
was sidelined with injuries to both legs during training for the event.
    For Kyle the trip was difficult but reassuring at the same time. "It was
a bittersweet experience for me to be on the sidelines and watch the team
compete. After every hit routine I felt like a proud brother! The guys really
rose to the occasion and proved that Canada is a strong force in the world of
gymnastics."
    U of C Gymnastics Club Coach Tony Smith is the leader of the Calgary
contingent of the team, and is pleased with the team's result in Germany.
"Although it was a blow to our team to lose Kyle, the guys really came
through. The calibre of international competition is drastically increasing at
every competition and it means a lot that this team can be in the top 12 less
than a year away from the Olympics."
    Shewfelt underwent surgery on Friday, September 7th to repair displaced
fractures to tibias, a dislodged bone chip and minor ligament damage. Dr. Nick
Mohtadi, his orthopaedic surgeon is optimistic about his recovery. "Kyle's
surgery went well and I have high hopes that with hard work and plenty of
rehabilitation he will be able to make a full recovery."
    Despite his injuries, Shewfelt remains committed to his team and to
defending his Olympic title in the floor competition in Beijing. "The recovery
process is going to be hard, but I am going to attack it with the same
diligence that I apply to my competition preparation."

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For further information: Casey Peirce, Communications Manager, Canadian
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