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According to, German gymnast Janine Berger has torn her ACL just six weeks before the World championships.

The unfortunate gymnast injured her knee while vaulting her super difficult vault “double twisting Tsukahara”  during the event finals at German championships, hence she will miss the World championships which will be held in Nanning, China  from 3–13 October 2014.

The website mentioned that Berger’s coach did not recommend her to do the difficult vault, despite showing no problem with the vault during warm up. Sadly, Berger did not jump as high as she did in the warm up. She twisted her left knee and screamed in pain. She was rushed to the hospital. Her coach said that Berger was Germany’s biggest hope in winning medals in Nanning.  

Last year, Janine Berger was diagnosed with a cut in the intra-articular ligament of the same knee after injuring herself on the same event (vault)  at La Roche-Sur-Yon and was forced to sit out the European and World championships.

Berger competed at the 2012 London Olympics where she placed 4th on vault. She also competed at the last European championships in May. There, she came in 5th place on vault and 4th with her team.

Written by Gigi Khazback Farid


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