10/22/2018 11:11:34 AM (GMT+3)

Defending champion Hurd has great but different expectations

Defending champion Hurd has great but different expectations

DOHA: So much has changed for US gymnast Morgan Hurd since she won the world all-around title last year that she considers the 48th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships as an entirely new reality.

“I have different expectations for myself because I’m a different person and a different gymnast than I was a year ago,” said the 17-year-old in a recent media conference call.

Hurd’s updated perspective should help her cope with two game-changing dynamics that were not part of the programme at last year’s Worlds in Montreal, Canada. They are the team competition and the presence of Hurd’s team-mate, three-time world all-around champion Simone Biles.

Biles is making her return to international competition here after her quadruple gold medal-winning performance at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Hurd is eager to compete to her full potential, regardless of these aspects that were not part of her 2017 conquest.

“It’s a completely different energy because you’re competing not only for yourself but for five other girls,” she said. “It’s going to be so much more exciting. I just want to focus on doing my absolute best.”